October 22, 2005

Cliche question of the day

I'm curious. Though it's a trite question, if you could spend a few hours at an intimate, leisurely dinner with any person, either historical or current, who would it be and why?
An artist? Musician? Athlete? Politician? Religious figure? Writer? Scientist? Explorer? Inventor? Ancestor? It can be anyone. Give it some thought and share it here.

Try to pick one, but if you find that impossible, give a short list and include reasons why.

(Sorry, no sexual fantasies allowed. We're talking conversation here.)


At 10/22/2005 6:29 AM, Blogger Dave Barrett said...

Who, living or dead, would I most like to have a conversation with?
Richard Feynman - considered by many of the world's top physicists of his time to be the smartest man they ever met. From what I have read by and about him what intrigues me most is that in his search for understanding how the world really works and what is really true he rejected the art and literature in which many people see truth about life and the human condition -- those things are just people's individual and collective ideas and notions. The confirmation you feel when you see that other people have the same idea or viewpoint does not mean that the idea is true -- there are many shared delusions. Scientific experiment and real world data, as opposed to human speculation, is the way to discover what is true. You are most likely to learn something new when you are talking to someone smarter than yourself. You can do no better than Richard Feynman.

At 10/22/2005 7:15 AM, Blogger Rawk Eyelund said...

Dave's right about everything, but I'd still rather talk to Sam Clemens.

At 10/22/2005 8:18 AM, Blogger maybesomeday said...

After walking through the new Linclon museum in Springfield recently and having enjoyed the exhibit in Chicago of Lincoln's writings as a young lawyer and reading over the hand written details of cases he had tried, seeing his notes and legal briefs, I'd like to spend an evening with President Abraham Lincoln.

From what I gather, not only was he a brilliant common sense legal mind, but he had a keen sense of humor with a slight bit of an edge to it - where it bordered on being a bit raw at times but still in good humor.

Lincoln's short life was full of many disapointments and triumphs both on a personal and professional level and I'd love to hear his take on current events today and what he thinks we should focus on as a society.

At 10/23/2005 11:18 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

Illinois Senator Mike Jacobs.

At 10/23/2005 2:22 PM, Blogger Cousin Dupree said...

HU, first of all, that's just sad, and secondly, it's telling that you didn't include your reasons why, of all people, living and dead, you'd want to sit for hours with Sen. Jacobs.

Secondly, spending hours eating and drinking with Sen. Jacobs is easily accomplished. Just walk into Blue Ribbon almost any night. haha!

At 10/23/2005 7:38 PM, Blogger diehard said...

NFL great Joe Montana! Walter Payton, Howard Cosell, Dandy Don, oops sorry I'm having a Monday Night Football flashback!

At 10/23/2005 8:31 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I'm thinking Frank Zappa, for many reasons, not the least his outlook on the world and politics.
And a few notorious crooks too, like Al Capone (though I'd have to be careful not to piss him off)or maybe Clyde Barrow.

Teddy Roosevelt would be intresting, to say the least, as would FDR or Truman, or, of course, Lincoln.

And then there's Mozart, any of the Beatles, Stones, Who, U2, if for no other reason than to actually meet them and find out what it's like to be a gazillionaire rock icon.

Babe Ruth would be a hoot.

Bill Clinton would be fascinating, as would be John, Bobby, or Ted Kennedy.

And for that matter, it would intensely interesting to spend a few hours with Nixon.

Or the crewman on the whaleboat Essex which sailed from Nantucket all the way around the horn and up to the northwest pacific where they were rammed and sunk by a whale. Then they survived for months adrift, were picked up off the coast of Chile, and made it back to Nantucket. What did he do? Why he went back out on whaling boats. Now that's a guy with a few stories to tell.

At 10/23/2005 10:10 PM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

I'd love to sit down with the late Robert Kennedy and ask him all sorts of questions. First, what was it like on the receiving end of organized labor and LBS's attacks against him. Second, what was his strategy to capturing the 68 Democratic nomination from Humphrey and organized labor and LBJ. Third, what was it like being 42 (the year he died) campaigning all over a highly frenetic and splintered nation with emotions running high in every region. Fourth, when he went after corruption in organized labor (late 50s) did he fear for his life even back then?

At 10/23/2005 11:52 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I neglected to mention in the comment above a little detail that makes the story of the Essex crew even more, um, unusual.
While they were adrift, they resorted to canabalism.

A great book on the tale, which Herman Melville based "Moby Dick" upon, is "The Wreck of the Whaleship Essex" by Owen Chase.

Or you can check out the page on the Essex at PBS.

I'd also like to meet Ghengis Khan, or Alexander the Great, a guy who conquered most of the known world by the time he was 30 something.

At 10/27/2005 1:03 AM, Blogger wicwit said...

I'd like to dine with the common people of ancient cultures, to see if modern day science got our history right. I'd like to learn how they lived, what they lived for, what their passions were, how hard was their life, what were their living conditions, etc. I'd want to dine with all those folks who didn't make the history books.

But if I can only pick one person, I'd pick my father. I want to know if he is sorry.

At 10/29/2005 8:07 AM, Blogger theheadusher said...

I would like to sit down with Senator Mike Jacobs and learn about politcs. He better than anyone here, seems to understand life.

In addition, he's HOT!


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