>> Monday, September 7, 2009
Jeff King asked: If you had the opportunity to meet one person and get to know them over dinner, who would that person be...and why?
If you're asking about a current living celebrity, I might not be the right one to ask. As a general rule, celebrities don't interest me much. I like people, though. I'd like to meet some of the people I've met online like flit or JD or Peter Whimsy (on gather.com) or... the list is very long. I'd like to meet a few key people like President Obama or the Emperor of Japan (whose daughter is unlikely to inherit his throne now that he has a nephew).
But mostly I'd like to meet some of the people of the past I really admired, people who touched me or impressed me with their abilities, like Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Bronte, Wolfgang Mozart or (personal thing) Nelson Eddy. They're all dead, of course, and so it's all a moot point, but I'd love to have an evening with them, pick their brains, find out how they did it and what motivated them.
Call me crazy. After all, you won't be the first or last to do so.