It's a small world, after all. At least that's what we've been told.
With the rise of social media, we are more connected than ever before. At least that's what we are being told.
But there are some connections that neither the population of the world nor your number of followers on Facebook can influence. Those are your family connections.
It's true that you can pick your friends, but you cannot pick your family. I find it interesting to look through the family tree (not passing by the woodpile) and discovering people with some or a lot of notoriety.
I am connected to a person that was "born to be wild."
My mother's name is Sheila Simkin. You might know her from her wonderful travel site, TravelsWithSheila.com.
Her maiden name was Monarch. Her father (my grandfather) was named Harry Monarch. I loved my Grandpa Harry and wished he would have lived to see his grandchildren.
Harry had a brother named Al, and Al had a son. The son's name was Michael Monarch.
Michael is my First Cousin Once Removed. I never understood how this worked until I read about it on Wikipedia.
In this example, I would be in the position of Frank and Michael would be in the position of Emma. There is one generation between us, therefore, "cousins once removed"
So who is Michael Monarch?
He's this guy.
A guy with a guitar? Yup. And you've heard him play before.
From 1967 - 1969 he was the lead guitarist with the band Steppenwolf. According to his Wikipedia page, he played on the hits "Born to Be Wild", "Magic Carpet Ride" and "Rock Me" while still in high school. He also played on Janis Joplin's album "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama!". He later went on to record for the SwanSong/Atlantic recording group Detective.
Monarch performs with other 1960s and 1970s rockers in the supergroup World Classic Rockers.
So how about you? Please tell me me and my readers who you are related to, or suspect you might be related to. And none of that "I was Queen Isabel in a former life" nonsense, please. Use the comments field below.
And Michael Monarch, if you ever read this please drop me a line. Would be great to meet you. Rock on!