Where did Alex Haley go?

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I thought Alex Haley was one of the pillars of the degrees of separation thing-a-ma-jig. Bring him back please.
WikiTree profile: Alex Haley
in The Tree House by Anonymous W G2G6 Mach 6 (65.2k points)
I am re-reading ROOTS right now !

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Two of the slots are reserved for connection combat winners. Alex was the winner for February and Maureen O'Hara was the winner for March. When Gene Kelly won this month he replaced Alex Haley.

http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Project:Notables/Connection_Combat
by Jamie Nelson G2G6 Pilot (283k points)
selected by Maggie N.
Diversity would be nice.
There is a nomination thread at the beginning of each month.

http://www.wikitree.com/g2g/235905/who-would-you-like-see-connected-in-aprils-connection-combat

This month it was Gene Kelly vs. Al Roker.

http://www.wikitree.com/g2g/241308/connection-combat-april-showers-showdown-gene-kelly-roker

It is MUCH harder to connect someone whose ancestry (or ancestry of their spouse) is not from the USA. There just aren't enough people in the tree to connect to.

Actually, I'm with Sandi on this one. We need more diversity, and we need it expressly because of the difficulty in connecting those groups that are not well represented on WikiTree. After all, WikiTree is about discovering the connections, globally, between all of us. 

I wasn't disagreeing that we need more diversity. I was just explaining why the connection combat winners usually aren't from less represented groups.

I can see why AJ is always there, and why Kevin Bacon is there, but I don't see why the Queen and the previous connection combat winner can't be replaced with other stuff occasionally. Maybe instead of the Queen we could do different world leaders. And instead of the previous cc winner we could feature a profile from a different county.
Yeah, and if someone has to go, let's keep the non-whitest maybe.
This topic should probably be made into a new G2G thread so the people that actually decide will see it.
The tags should bring it to the attention of anyone that's interested.
I love it that we're discussing this, and I'd love to see more discussion of the need for diversity. I'm on my way out the door, but I'll put my thinking cap on and see what I can come up with.
+3 votes
I lucked out then. I rarely check my page. On a whim I checked my connection to Alex Haley and found a connection thru marriage that set a whole new line open to me. I'll have to check more often. Good to know this.
by Trudy Roach G2G6 Pilot (181k points)

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