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Offline Eli_Freysson

If you could meet ONE historical figure
« on: September 21, 2018, 02:10:43 PM »
I once asked my father this question. If he could have a conversation with one human being from history, what would his choice be? He said "Hitler. I would want to understand how a human being can be this evil."

My own choice is Abraham Lincoln. I would be curious to see how the real man lived up to the legend that has sprung up around him. I would also be curious to see how someone can deal with two dead sons, lifelong depression, public scorn, years of a horrifying war and a lunatic wife, and still keep on functioning.

What about you?
I'll notify your next of kin... that you sucked!

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Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2018, 05:28:32 PM »
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Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2018, 06:13:38 PM »
I'm not sure, to be honest...
Maybe Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine, find out about her motivation and strength and power in a world of men.
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Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2018, 07:47:51 PM »
Leonardo DaVinci
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Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2018, 07:55:07 PM »
Leonardo DaVinci
Oh, I think I'll join your dinner :D
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Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2018, 03:43:14 PM »
I used to be a huge nerd on Genghis Khan when I was a kid, so maybe. On the other hand, I'd still like my head attached, so maybe not.   ;D

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Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2018, 04:26:53 PM »
I would have liked to met Inky  in his pomp when he was releasing best sellers before it all  went downhill ....

Success came to early I fear.

That spat with the  L’Oreal sponsorship deal with the “because I’m worth it” was quite the disappointing day.
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Offline Skip

Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2018, 11:16:12 PM »
I'd like to meet Charlemagne, but alas I speak neither Frankish nor Latin and he, with remarkable lack of foresight, spoke no English.
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Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2018, 12:02:15 AM »
I would have liked to met Inky  in his pomp when he was releasing best sellers before it all  went downhill ....

Success came to early I fear.

That spat with the  L’Oreal sponsorship deal with the “because I’m worth it” was quite the disappointing day.

... what?
I'll notify your next of kin... that you sucked!

Offline Rostum

Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2018, 01:16:28 AM »
Egil sounds a cool dude to get drunk and compose poetry with.

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Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #10 on: September 24, 2018, 12:38:43 AM »
Hmmmm...
Maybe Paolo Freire
Proudhoun would be interesting to meet, as would Emma Goldman and Bakunin.
Maybe Rasputin. Nikola Tesla.
Man I can't pick one.  There are others but I'm worried they might kill me on sight.

Offline Peat

Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #11 on: September 24, 2018, 09:54:19 AM »
To answer this question I would first have to do a lot of research on which historical figures died while in possession of the largest amount of still unrecovered treasure.  8)

Offline Skip

Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #12 on: September 24, 2018, 05:28:22 PM »
There was a program that ran back in the 70s. Developed by Steve Allen, no less. It was called Meeting of the Minds and was really quite good. Won a bunch of awards. It was, as I remember it, four historical figures at a round table with Allen acting as moderator.

AFAIK it's not available either on DVD or streaming, which is really too bad. There's a short description at Wikipedia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meeting_of_Minds

I'd be happy to be at the table with any of them. Allen included.
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Re: If you could meet ONE historical figure
« Reply #13 on: September 24, 2018, 09:42:01 PM »
I would probably like to meet some of my favorite Musicians like Jim Morrison, Syd Barret, Chuck Shuldiner, John Lennon and so on. But I guess in the end I could not decide who it would be. Of course during a time where they were still creative and not ruined by drugs (this doesnt apply to all the people who I counted up here)
Truly, if there is evil in this world, it lies within the heart of mankind.

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