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bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:11 PM

WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET?

I got thinking about people who have passed on that I would have liked to have met, and wondered what the rest of you would say to this question?

Currently, my nominee would be astronomer, astrochemist and author Carl Sagan. I thought he was appropriate for this year, as it is the "Year of Astronomy".
I would find him fascinating company, and would learn so much from him, probably bombarding him with a gazillion questions!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Sagan


Who's YOUR choice?

~Bev

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:17 PM

William of Ockham. I find him very bright and at times humorously shocking. "He is considered — along with Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and the Islamic scholar Averroes — to be one of the major figures of medieval thought and was at the centre of the major intellectual and political controversies of the fourteenth century. Although commonly known for Occam's razor, the methodological principle that bears his name, William of Ockham also produced significant works on logic, physics, and theology. In the Church of England, his day of commemoration is April 10.[1]"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_of_ockham

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.9 - Posts: 1190)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:21 PM

Elvis

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:28 PM

If we're talking dead, I would like to meet Jesus, and ask him what he thinks about all th#s shit.
Alive? Michelle Obama.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:34 PM

guess I put the # where it didn't belong!

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.4 - Posts: 1684)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:36 PM

ROFLMAO

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:37 PM

Haha Sandy.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:45 PM


Grace Murray Hopper is not only the Mother of COBOL, not only one of the most important women in the history of computers, she is one of the most important people in the history of computers.

During her lifetime as a leader in the field of software development concepts, she contributed to the transition from primitive programming techniques to the use of sophisticated compilers. She believed that "we've always done it that way" was not necessarily a good reason to continue to do so.

Throughout her years in academia and industry, Admiral Hopper was a consultant and lecturer for the United States Naval Reserve. After a seven-month retirement, she returned to active duty in the Navy in 1967 as a leader in the Naval Data Automation Command. Upon her retirement from the Navy in 1986 with the rank of Rear Admiral, she immediately became a senior consultant to Digital Equipment Corporation, and remained there several years, working well into her eighties.

After four decades of pioneering work, Admiral Hopper felt her greatest contribution had been "all the young people I've trained." She was an inspirational professor and a much sought-after speaker, in some years she addressed more than 200 audiences. In her speeches Admiral Hopper often used analogies and examples that have become legendary. Once she presented a piece of wire about a foot long, and explained that it represented a nanosecond, since it was the maximum distance electricity could travel in wire in one-billionth of a second. She often contrasted this nanosecond with a microsecond - a coil of wire nearly a thousand feet long - as she encouraged programmers not to waste even a microsecond

lynnm
Lynnm  (Level: 226.5 - Posts: 1952)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:47 PM

Funny you should say Sagan - as soon as I read your question I was thinking about Galileo!

tuzilla
Tuzilla  (Level: 134.0 - Posts: 3778)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:51 PM

The guy who thought up/invented the cell phone...but only for a brief preemptive pummeling.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 5:56 PM

Colleen do they still use COBOL? I'd want to meet Mickey Mantle or the kid that played Alfalfa. Up close and personal with Lady Godiva would be interesting, too. Nekid!

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 6:00 PM

I'd like to meet Felix, and poke a hole in his oxygen supply.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.5 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 6:01 PM

What's the matter Sandracam, can't you get your s##t together? YUK YUK


felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 6:01 PM

Only if you know how to curtsy!

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 6:05 PM

my sh*ts together. Har, har har.

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.3 - Posts: 5488)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 6:23 PM

Elvis of course...and Paul Newman..just so I could look in those baby blues of his...
Vickie

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.0 - Posts: 3936)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 6:45 PM

I was privileged enough to hear Adm. Hopper speak. I still have a pack of Picoseconds she handed out. I long since lost the Nanosecond, though.

m48ortal
M48ortal  (Level: 251.4 - Posts: 3742)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 7:01 PM

I thought of Pythagorus and Socrates, and Jesus. Then Napoleon and Adolph Hitler. But since I don't speak any language but this, it'd be futile (unless I was seeing Hitler through a gunsight).

Sorry. I'm being too much like the guy in red in this comic:
http://www.seattlepi.com/fun/retail.asp?date=20090913

Really, I'd like to meet whichever one of my ancestors sold the mineral rights under our land, just so I could show him pictures of the devastation caused by strip mining and talk him out of selling. Speculators came to Appalachia in the late 1800s and bought the mineral rights from the uninformed for 50 cents per acre.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 7:05 PM

Same as Tuzilla except with Bobo.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 7:16 PM

Michael, I wonder how many realize the extent of the economic devastation to the Appalachian area continues to exist today. I think every dollar that goes to improving health and education and raising the expectations of those people is worth it. They aren't out there making a lot of fuss, in fact, most are so reluctant to go high profile or trust outsiders, that it is a challenge breaking down those barriers. I have some tenacious friends who are dedicated to that very thing, and bit by bit, the children are getting to the doctors and dentists and adequately clothed. At the same time they are respectful toward their rich culture and traditions and don't want to undermine that along the way.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 7:22 PM

The way I've been feeling lately I think if I could talk to someone who has passed on, I'd just spend the day with my Dad and with my son's paternal grandmother, Bessie - the two greatest people I ever met. I'd love to sit at their side and listen and ask a million questions. And I'd love to hear my dad's stories again.

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 7:33 PM

Felix, so many of the legacy systems in large companies are still written in COBOL (the spaghetti version) and it has taken time to get entrenched COBOL programming organizations to migrate into the newer languages -- a huge difference between the low-level procedural ones to the higher level object-oriented types. You can't just pull the plug on the old -- it's been a disaster for those who tried.

I confronted this problem years ago, and sadly a very good product died from benign neglect because nobody wanted to get into the politics of battling the old guard.

I expect that as time passes, it will evolve, as do most things.

leaston
Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 7:43 PM

I would like to meet Jesus and some of my great grand parents,I think that would be neat! And Charles Dickens,i have always liked him!

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 7:43 PM

Hey Lodi are you suggesting you would like to pummel me. My my, we certainly have taken some aggression pills today. I wasn't even on this thread. I would like to meet Gandhi and find out his secret for anger control and use it before responding on some of these threads.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.7 - Posts: 2301)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 7:59 PM

Mother Theresa --- to ask her why she was not a proponent of birth control.


donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 8:25 PM

I'd like to sit down for beers with Dean Martin, John Wayne and Steve McQueen.

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.5 - Posts: 7570)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 8:27 PM

Albert Einstein.

I dedicated a word puzzle to him and still continue to read his biography.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 9:19 PM

(and he played violin, Al. I have 2 pics of him on my MS wall with violin in hand. Thank goodness he used correct hand posture. Wish I could hear how well he played.)

alvandy
Alvandy  (Level: 229.5 - Posts: 7570)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 9:41 PM

Jank: Relativity speaking, Einstein played the violin well because he would have mastered the "string theory"

[google it folks]

monkeynips13
Monkeynips13  (Level: 21.5 - Posts: 647)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 9:47 PM

Hands down, Douglas Adams and William Shakespeare.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.2 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 10:24 PM

Jerry Garcia.

papajensai
Papajensai  (Level: 193.2 - Posts: 1025)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 10:25 PM

Thanks for the laugh, Sandy, even if you didn't mean it. I'm still laughing...

madamec8
Madamec8  (Level: 82.6 - Posts: 893)
Sun, 13th Sep '09 10:49 PM

Al, he still never played Carnegie Hall, perhaps because his fiddle was missing the 'M' string?

clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 4:23 AM

Who would i most like to meet "dead" ?...........either Bush or Blair i reckon. Of those already dead, either Gandhi or Darwin.

surreyman
Surreyman  (Level: 260.9 - Posts: 2770)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 4:35 AM

Bushyfox!


bushyfox
Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 4:55 PM

Hahaha........ Are you wishing me dead first, Alan???

goddess28
Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5236)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 4:58 PM

George Washington, before he was President.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 5:05 PM

Lodi, sure we've all thought it, but you can't.

lodi
Lodi  (Level: 98.7 - Posts: 2144)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 5:09 PM

I told you I was going to be in Miami in January. I fly all the way across the U.S. to FL, and you say you can't make it because its four hours away.

Geez.

bobolicios
Bobolicios  (Level: 118.4 - Posts: 1745)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 5:10 PM

Like I said I want to meet Gandhi someday. Felix you thought it now I am honored.

garrybl
Garrybl  (Level: 280.2 - Posts: 6643)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 5:25 PM

I'd love to sit down and listen to Chopin Liszt and Rachmaninov battle it out with duelling pianos.
Throw in Paganini too to accompany them.
Though I'm not a fan of choral music I'd love to hear Kathleen Ferrier sing.

(But would they ruin all future performances for me?)

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 6:30 PM

Jerry Garcia, of course.

Michelle Obama...I did a spit take.

felix
Felix  (Level: 109.3 - Posts: 2500)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 6:54 PM

Did Michelle once go by the moniker of RuPaul?

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 7:16 PM

Remember when she went by the name Rosie Grier she broke Sirhan Sirhan's hand in the kitchen?

donden
Donden  (Level: 112.5 - Posts: 2127)
Mon, 14th Sep '09 8:38 PM

I was right! That WAS her!


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