Dancing Bacon and My Three Degrees to Kevin

Jimmy Fallon has a knack for producing interesting clips on his shows. Now the host of the The Tonight Show, he recently hosted guest Kevin Bacon on the 30th anniversary of the 1980s movie Footloose. Check out Bacon’s fabulous entrance:

Lest you think that whole premise was ridiculous (a small town banning dancing), I attended college in Abilene, Texas — only a half-hour drive from Anson, Texas. Anson may, or may not, have been the inspiration for the movie FootlooseA 1933 city ordinance banned dancing and spurred the common phrase, “No dancin’ in Anson.” The law was finally removed in 1987 (a year after I started college), although some continued to warn against the perils of dancing.

Speaking of Footloose, I remain three degrees from Kevin Bacon. I’m friends with someone who worked on the set of 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, and Sutherland starred in Flatliners with Kevin Bacon. If anyone can get me closer, let me know! 🙂

3 degrees of Kevin Bacon
Photo credits: the1secondfilm.com & David Shankbone, via Wikimedia Commons

ROW80 Update

Now let’s look at how close I am to completing my goals for this round of A Round of Words in 80 Days, the writing challenge that knows you have a life. Participants choose their own goals and report weekly or twice weekly on their progress. Here are my round’s goals and progress on each:

1. Read 12 books. Read #13, Stronger Than Magic by Melinda VanLone, and #14, This Matter of Marriage by Debbie Macomber. Goal exceeded for the round, but I still have plenty more books in my reading queue.

2. Complete two drafts of short stories. The first story is finished, and I wrote more on the second story. I expect to meet this goal in next few days, as long as I can stay on track. Doing fine.

3. Take care of ROW80 sponsor responsibilities. Checked in on the Sunday and Wednesday posts from my peeps. The reports I’ve seen range from lots of progress to some progress to oh-my-gosh-do-we-only-have-one-week-left! Yes, we do. Done.

4. Edit at least once through Good & Guilty, young adult mystery Sharing Hunter, young adult contemporary. This goal and the short story goal haven’t gone together as well as I’d hoped. Very little progress.

Are you a Footloose or Kevin Bacon fan? How many degrees of separation do you have from Mr. Bacon? And how was your week?

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26 thoughts on “Dancing Bacon and My Three Degrees to Kevin

  1. Never seen Footloose, but Mrs. Kevin Bacon is gorgeous. He was excellent in A Few Good Men.

    What kind of time commitment is there to being a sponsor? I’m thinking of doing it. I guess Kait needs volunteers.

    Good week!

    1. Yes, Bacon was great in A Few Good Men. And one of the things I like about him personally is his long marriage with Kyra Sedgwick. They strike me like the new generation of Paul Newman-Joanne Woodward, making love last in Hollywood despite the odds.

      Kait does a marvelous job of pulling together a team of writers to support ROW80. Consequently, no one sponsor has a truckload to do. You simply check in with a certain number of status updates each week (maybe 4-10 depending on number of participants, etc.) and write one encouraging post for the blog during the round. It’s a wonderful way to connect with fellow writers.

  2. I’ve never seen Footloose but I do like Kevin Bacon. My week was pretty good–got to visit my parents twice, which was a plus. It’s always good to see them–and my friends.

  3. I loved that introduction! I don’t know how many times I’ve seen Footloose. Many, many, many times.

    Since I’m friends with you, then I’m four degrees to Kevin Bacon and only three degrees to Keifer Sutherland, right? LOL

  4. I’m a huge fan of both. Thank you for sharing the video. It was fun to watch again. I don’t know my degrees to Kevin Bacon. I need to figure that out. Thanks for the fun assignment. 🙂
    You had a fabulous round, Julie. Lots of forward movement. Well done!

  5. I once was work friends with someone whose last name was Sedgwick and who claimed to be (but might not have been) related to Kyra (a cousin, I think). That puts me at four, but only if it’s true.

    I’m taking you in the wrong direction, but, mmmmmn! I loved Footloose. I didn’t see the remake, because I can’t imagine Footloose being Footloose without the Bacon…

    You’ve made some great progress, Julie, and it looks like you’ll add another feather or two to your cap before it’s all over.

    I’ll see you next round, if not a little sooner!

    1. Thanks! I think that puts you at three degrees. You -> work friend -> Kyra -> Kevin. Only three arrows…three degrees. Right? 🙂

      Have a wonderful week!

  6. Congrats on the progress overall. I loved Footloose and coming from a very rural, religious community as a kid, I can believe dancing was once banned in an entire town.

  7. I have a feeling I’m no more than 2-3 degrees away. I’ve done a lot of training in the entertainment industry and spent time on set at THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. If he was ever connected to anyone at Y&R, we’re just 2 degrees away. 🙂

  8. I have no idea how many degrees away from Kevin Bacon I am, but I loved the video. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Sounds like you’re making great progress on your ROW80 goals. I can’t believe there are only a few days to go in the first round.

    Have a great week, Julie!

    1. Thanks, Denise! I love when stars pay homage to what got them noticed to begin with. No point in denying what put you on the map, even if you’ve done many roles since. Plus, Kev’s still got the moves! 🙂

      Have a lovely week.

  9. I like your 3 degrees! That’s awesome. So is the movie Flatliners.

    I watched the footloose opener this weekend while procrastinating writing. Fabulous!!!

  10. I love Kevin Bacon, but I have never seen Footloose. Must put it in Netflix! Anyway, looks like I am also 3 degrees from Kevin Bacon, because I know someone who had her first kiss with Keifer Sutherland.

    Looks like you’ve had a very productive Row80! 😀

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