I was actually asked the same exact question when I interviewed for an Intelligence position with the US Navy Reserve some three years ago. I picked:
- George Washington: what would possess someone to risk all he had to lead the Continental Army in a revolution?
- Albert Einstein: would love to spend some time with a guy that smart.
- Beethoven: how does someone go deaf and suffer through the resulting depression, yet still produce such wonderful music?
Looking back, I probably would have replaced Beethoven with Admiral Sprague, given his penchance for avoiding the limelight, remaining absolutely calm under the craziest circumstances, and for being a strategist more than a tactician.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!" -- Isaiah 6:8