Suggestions for January's Connection Combat?

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Hi Connectors and others interested,

Do you have a good suggestion for a pairing for the January Connection Combat?

If so, share it here!

Remember, the winner of the combat will be featured in our special Connection Finder.


in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)
edited by Chris Whitten
Donald Trump-66 vs. Hilary (Rodham-1) Clinton? Hilary is connected to the tree (and myself and AJ) but Donald is not.

Perhaps add a couple more presidential candidates into the mix. Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush-705, Chris Christie etc.

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For winter in the northern hemisphere, how about putting an ice machine up against a snow machine? Frank Zamboni, who invented the eponymous machine that smooths the surfaces of ice rinks, vs. Joseph-Armand Bombardier (no WikiTree profile yet, apparently), inventor of the snowmobile.


by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
According to this one of Joseph Armand Bombardier's ancestors is already connected to the tree

I'm not surprised that Bombardier's family is here. I saw a lot of Bombardiers who looked like they might be related.

So for a snow machine, how about James Curran, inventor of the chairlift?

The stories of all of these inventions are interesting ones -- and modern winter sports would not exist in their present form without the inventions of clever people like Zamboni and Curran.

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Harrison Ford, Ford-6263, vs. Mark Hamill, Hamill-277--with the new Star Wars movie, they seem to be pretty well-known and relevant :)
by Jayme Arrington G2G6 Pilot (132k points)
I'd love to see a Star Wars feature!

Putting politicians into combat is tempting (really tempting if it were literal) but featuring the winner would look partisan.
How about a Star Trek v Star Wars theme?

William Shatner v Harrison Ford

Or Star Trek alone: William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy?
William Shatner is connected. Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Leonard Nimoy are not.
I would much rather be connected to Star Trek than Star Wars. Live long and prosper!
I'm definitely in the Star Wars camp : )
The ideal Star Trek figure to work out his family tree would be Commander William Riker, aka Jonathan Frakes. His profile has not yet been created and it would be perfect if we had him established and his family line added to the global tree.
And Leonard Nimoy is a real challenge. His Russian Jewish ancestry makes it challenging to find a connection - I know that several have already tried a couple of times to find it, and so far - zip. If you pick him, be prepared for a difficult uphill battle.
Star Trek will have its 50th anniversary later this year. The original series had its premiere on September 8th, 1966.
It appears there's some hoopla planned for the occasion.
HIs brick wall is probably those illusive Vulcan ancestors ;)
You'd think those logical Vulcans would have kept impeccable records, right?
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Nat King Cole and his daughter Natalie Cole who just passed away would connect more African Americans.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio would connect more Cuban Americans, also Jeb Bush's wife is Hispanic.

Guy Lombardo and Dick Clark would connect our New Year's Eve musicians.

Or how about some stars from the Lawrence Welk show? Several are dead. Norma Zimmer, Jimmy Rodgers,  and several others.
by Anonymous Troy G2G6 Pilot (155k points)
Thank you, Cathleen!
I heard on TV tonight that Ted Cruz was actually born in Canada and is running on his dual citizenship passport. So he would connect us to Canadians.
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Kalelenalani-1 born January 2

Father Damien born January 4

by Greg Slade G2G6 Pilot (444k points)

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