In the ghostlike aura that surrounds Halloween, I began thinking about what my next blog post should be. Between the candy, ghost stories, haunted houses, and Halloween costumes there were quite a few ideas floating around. So in an effort to fall somewhere between being supernaturally creepy and facetiously spooky, I presented this question to my co-workers: If you could have dinner with any one person, living or dead, who would they be and why?
Meaghan: Amelia Earhart. Both of my grandparents were pilots and my mom was a flight attendant, so aviation has always been so fascinating to me. I’d love to talk with Amelia about her travels and about the trail she left for women in aviation. And, like those who are also familiar with her story, I have a few questions…
Danny: Benjamin Franklin; brilliant in many areas and I’m willing to bet he had great taste in food and wine, too.
Karissa: My grandpa. He passed away when I was five and my grandma always said the world would be a perfect place if everyone was as caring and kind as he was. Plus he made homemade pasta, so I know dinner would be delicious.
Amy: I would have loved to meet Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. She was a fashion icon and was the essence of a classy lady.
Mark: I’d have dinner with my grandma, who passed away 6 years ago. She used to ask me “Are you hungry? I can make you a sandwich. I have some real nice ham!” She would always say “real nice” ham. She was hilarious, goofy and incredibly fun to be around.
Emma: Oooh, toughy. I’d have to say my Grandma Mickey, because she passed when I was only 14, and I would love to catch up with her on life and all its craziness since then! Or Beyoncé, because, well, she’s Beyoncé.
Ryan: Hunter S Thompson, because of his polarizing take on America and his rebel perspective on life
Dena: My grandma because I miss her and her cooking. I’d also love tell her about how much life has changed.
Steve: This is tough but probably Leonardo da Vinci. His varied interests as the original Renaissance Man including music, architecture, sculpture, painting, engineering and more would make for great dinner conversation.
Laura: I’d have dinner with Abraham Lincoln and his family – not only would I want to hear firsthand from them about that period in our history, but from what I’ve read, Lincoln was incredibly good at telling jokes and stories.
Rick: My grandpa, who passed away before I was born. To get to know him and learn more about my dad who’s an only child and a man of few words.