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Six Degrees of Separation

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After months of relative seclusion following his bitter presidential loss, Al Gore resurfaced last week, sporting a new beard. Call him Papa Gore -- the former vice president is apparently following the example of Ernest Hemingway. In addition to the beard, Gore recently traveled to Spain and has begun writing a book.
  Gore roomed with Tommy Lee Jones at Harvard, and the actor delivered one of the nominating speeches for Gore at last year's Democratic convention. "I lived with him for four years, and you know what we did?" Jones said. "We shot pool and watched 'Star Trek' when maybe we should have been studying for exams." MC Hammer
Rickey Henderson Lee portrayed Ty Cobb in the 1994 movie, "Cobb," a brutally honest portrayal of the famous hitter. A miserable, mean-spirited, bigoted miser, Cobb died virtually friendless in 1961. How competitive and anti-social was Cobb? While playing behind President Eisenhower one day at Augusta National and demanding to play through, he shouted impatiently, "Get the hell out of my way, I'm coming through! Do you hear me, get out of my way!"  
  Augusta National is the famed site of The Masters, where folks get a little touchy about course conditions. The course is currently undergoing a major re-design, which is being described as Tiger-proofing.
Buggles Apparently, Augusta is already Shark-proofed. Greg Norman has never won The Masters, despite once entering the final round with a six-stroke lead. In an epic collapse, he shot a 78 and finished five back, an 11-stroke swing.  
While visiting Norman's Florida estate in 1997, former President Bill Clinton tripped on the doorstep (wink, wink) late at night, tearing a tendon in his right knee. Is that really how he injured it that night? Perhaps we'll find out in Clinton's upcoming memoir. He recently signed a contract with a publisher worth in excess of $10 million.

Jim Caple is a senior writer for

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