Thursday, April 28, 2011

Thursday Thirteen

Today I thought I'd make a list of 13 people who are no longer with us (at least not physically) who I would like to have interviewed at one time or another, and what I might ask.

1. Jesus. Obviously, the Son of God needs to be interviewed! I would ask him about the importance of religion and why it is necessary. Also, God, could you explain once and for all why there must be evil and suffering?

2. Shakespeare. I would ask the greatest playwrite of all time how he came up with his ideas and where he found the time to write. And tell me, Sir William, what do you think the future holds for your profession?

3. Joan of Arc. She has always fascinated me and I would love to know what those voices really said. How did it feel to lead armies, Joan, when you were but a child?

4. Amelia Earhart. Lady daredevil and interesting woman. Tell me, Mrs. Earhart, exactly what did happen to you when you attempted to fly around the world, and then vanished?

5. Mother Teresa. She was a vision of purity and goodness, ministering to the sick and the impoverished. Mother Teresa, how does one obtain a truly spiritual existence?

6. Thomas Jefferson. He was a brilliant, if eccentric, man, full of many ideas and enlightened thoughts. As one of the writers and signers of the US Constitution, he has a lot to answer for. Mr. President, can you tell us exactly what was meant with the first and second amendments?

7. Mary, Queen of Scots. As ruler of Scotland in the 16th century, and enemy of the Queen of England, who ultimately beheaded her, Mary had a life of intrigue. Like Joan of Arc, she led armies into battle. What do you most regret, Madam Queen?

8. Leonardo DaVinci. As one of the most famous thinkers ever, he would certainly have something to say! He was a great inventor and painter. So tell us, Leo, just who posed for the Mona Lisa?

9. Franklin D. Roosevelt. As the president who implemented the New Deal and lead the US during World War II, he was either a pretty smart fellow or a great statesman, or both. So FDR, what do you think of the country now?

10. J.R.R. Tolkien. The creator and author of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit ushered in quite an era of fantasy. Mr. Tolkien, can you tell us where your ideas came from, and how do you feel about folks who continue to use worlds that look very much like Middle Earth in other works?

11. Ludwig Van Beethoven. There must be some music in my life somewhere, and what better place to start than with a master? Mr. Beethoven, how were you able to continue to compose even after you lost your hearing?

12. Jane Austen. This great author would be a delight to speak with, I am sure. Ms. Austen, what do you think of  current stories that have reworked your own work?

13. Jane Addams. Jane founded Hull House in Chicago and was a famous sociologist and social reformer. She recognized the need for shared responsibilites in society and advocated for the good of all, not just a wealthy few. Ms. Addams, what do you think of our society today?

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 188th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. What a terrific list and what thought-provoking questions! (I have a couple I'd like to add to Shakespeare's and Jefferson's interviews.)

  2. It would be interesting to see how interviewing some of those would change the course of things.

    Have a great day!

  3. The thought of interviewing any of those people give me the shakes!

  4. Some good questions. I could easily see Jane Austen either laughing, or getting mad at the derivative works.

  5. Could make for an interesting dinner party. I think jefferson adn FDR both must be rolling in their graves over some of the stuff happening in this country right now. Thanks for visiting!

  6. I think this is always a fascinating question to answer and you picked some great ones!

    Happy TT,

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  7. Great list!

    Hey, I passed through your area of Virginia on the way down to Danville. Beautiful country! I looked for you, but didn't see you ;)

  8. A great list of people to interview and good questions. I would love to talk to Thomas Jefferson.


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