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Six degrees of Bernie Madoff

I've had a Bacon number of 2 since I met and interviewed author Dennis Lehane, who wrote "Mystic River," which was made into a hit film starring Sean Penn, Tim Robbins and the Kevinator.

But imagine my thrill to learn that I now have a Bernie number of 5 -- without the precipitous plunge in net worth, of course!

Suddenly, the whole Baconosphere is all a-Twitter with enticing new possibilities.

How else would Hollywood royalty like George Clooney (who starred in "Good Night, and Good Luck" with Frank Langella, who starred in "Frost/Nixon" with Bacon) have been linked to actual aristocracy like Britain's Lady Victoria de Rothschild without the Bacon-Bernie link? Not wake-boarding on Lake Como, my friends.

By what other scenario could Jessica Simpson -- who starred in "The Dukes of Hazzard" with Jim Cody Williams, who appeared in "Rails & Ties" with KB -- possibly be mentioned in the same sentence with Henry Kissinger or pitching great Sandy Koufax, both Madoff victims?

For "Six Degrees" fans, the sudden appearance of a Madoff-size galaxy with which to link is nothing short of a major astrological event.

But let's hope that future additions to the game do not arise from a financial black hole.

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