Houston, TX (PressExposure) February 11, 2008 -- The book, "First Lady of the United States: The Pursuit of Power" by author Anthony Scott is proof positive of Stanley Milgram's theory of Six Degrees of Separation.
Milgram's Small World Experiment in 1967 set out to show the closeness of human relationships. Milgram sent 160 packages to randomly selected individuals in Omaha, Nebraska with the intention of getting the packages to a stockbroker in Boston. Each recipient was instructed to forward the package to a friend or acquaintance they thought would bring the package closer to the broker. They were instructed not to contact the broker directly if they did not know him personally. Milgram found that the packages required on average five or six steps to be received by the Boston broker. From this experiment, the Six Degrees of Separation theory was thus created.
Applying the principle to modern life, the current race for the Presidency and Scott's book "First Lady of the United States" exhibit the same results as the original Milgram experiment, yet only closer.
In the mid 1970's Anthony Scott was in the US Army working as a liaison officer to the US Senate. He was in an office housed in the Army, Navy and Air Force Liaison groups. The Navy had a liaison officer who had been a POW in Vietnam for over five years. The naval officer was Commander John McCain.
A few years later, McCain was traveling in Hawaii. While attending a military reception dinner, he noticed a beautiful woman and commented, "Now that's a dish". The woman, Cindy Hensley, was a teacher on vacation in Hawaii from her home in Phoenix, AZ. They got to know one another and eventually married. Hensley lived in an affluent area of Phoenix, where she attended Madison Meadows Elementary School and graduated from Central High School. She was a cheerleader and one of her fellow cheerleaders was Anthony Scott's sister, Susie.
In his biography, Scott mentions he knew Senator McCain as a liaison officer, but that McCain may not remember him. Scott figures Cindy McCain probably would be surprised that the chubby little sixth grader who was a pest in grade school has written such a timely novel as "First Lady of the United States: The Pursuit of Power". Should McCain win the Presidency it may not get Anthony Scott invited to a White House dinner, but it does prove Stanley Milgram's theory is still valid.