Mike Nichols and me

Mike Nichols and I are related…going WAY back. A couple of years ago I sent a swab of my DNA (saliva) to an organization called 23 and me which offers ancestry-related genetic reports. My Haplogroup is J2. Here’s what 23 and me has to say about it:

Haplogroup J2 is thought to have appeared somewhere in the Middle East towards the end of the last glaciation, between 15,000 and 22,000 years ago. Its present geographic distribution argue in favour of a Neolithic expansion from the Fertile Crescent. This expansion probably correlated with the diffusion of domesticated of cattle and goats (starting c. 8000-9000 BCE) from the Zagros mountains and northern Mesopotamia, rather than with the development of cereal agriculture in the Levant (which appears to be linked rather to haplogroups G2 and E1b1b). A second expansion of J2 could have occured with the advent of metallurgy, notably copper working (from the Lower Danube valley, central Anatolia and northern Mesopotamia), and the rise of some of the oldest civilisations.

I am in the subgroup J2b2:

Nowadays J2b2 is found chiefly in south-east and Central Europe, but also in Russia and throughout the Indian subcontinent. All these elements reinforce the hypothesis that J2b2 and G2a3b1 were two minor lineages spread within an R1a-dominant population during the Indo-Aryan invasions of South Asia approximately 3,500 years ago.

Another conceivable possibility is that a minority of J2b2, G2a3b1 and R1b-M269 from the Caucasus region migrated to the Volga-Ural region in the early Bronze Age, propagating with them the Proto-Indo-European language and bronze technology to the Caspian steppe before the expansion of this new culture to Central and South Asia. The drawback of this hypothesis is that it doesn’t explain why R1b lineages strongly outnumber J2b2 and G2a3b1 in Europe but not in South Asia.

Some famous people (men) who are J2:

  • Sir John Anthony Pople (subclade J2b1): was theoretical chemist, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in the year 1998.
  • Burt Bacharach (subclade J2a1-L556/L560): is an American singer–songwriter, composer, record producer and pianist. A six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner, he is known for his popular hit songs and compositions from the late 1950s through the 1980s.
  • Mike Nichols (subclade J2a1b): a German-born American television, stage and film director, writer, producer and comedian. He is one of a small group of people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award.
  • Dr. Mehmet Oz (subclade J2a1b): a Turkish-American cardiothoracic surgeon, author, and television personality hosting the The Dr. Oz Show.
  • Matt Lauer : an American television journalist best known as the host of NBC’s The Today Show since 1996.
  • Alexander Zhulin : is a Russian ice dancer who won the 1993 World championship, and the 1993 European championship, as well as two Olympic medals (1994 silver, 1992 bronze).

If you watched the PBS show Faces of America a couple of years ago, still available online, you saw the portraits of 12 famous Americans, including Mike Nichols, Meryl Streep and Eva Longoria. It turns of that of all the famous Americans profiled by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in this documentary, Eva Longoria has the oldest family roots in America, as her ancestors  sailed from Spain in 1603.  In 1767, Pedro Longoria, Eva’s 7th great-grandfather, moved north to what is now Texas and received almost 4000 acres along the Rio Grande in a land grant from the King of Spain.

But, back to Me and Mike Nichols. In this article,  Is Mike Nichols Related to Everyone?, you will see that he and I are also related to Meryl Streep (!!!!!!!!!!!!) and Albert Einstein (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!).

38th AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Mike Nichols - Show

Phern's web photo

albert einstein





2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Melinda Basker
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 21:57:51

    Very cute. Good for you.

    Sent from my iPhone




  2. Ricki
    Nov 28, 2014 @ 22:46:19

    I am not at all surprised!



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