If you could have dinner with...

May 14th, 2006  

Topic: If you could have dinner with...

3 famous people in history who would they be? I think I would pick Winston Churchill, Andrew Jackson (just so I could beat the crap out of him) and Major Ridge, one of the heads of the Cherokees who signed the Treaty of Echota... or maybe Clark Gable.

What about youse peoples?
May 14th, 2006  
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.
May 14th, 2006  
Id choose..
Lee Soon Shin : admiral during the 7 year war in korea..

Prime minister of korea during 1910.. Yi wan yong.. who sold out korea to the japanese... and then kill his ass huea!

and the caveman that invented fire!
May 14th, 2006  
Charge 7
Isaac Newton - The most brilliant man that ever lived and the foundation of all modern math and science. 'Nuff said.

Davy Crockett - The quintessential American hero. (And yeah, I had the cap)

Humphrey Bogart - The greatest American actor (probably actor - period) whoever lived. The coolest of the cool and you know damn well the bar would be well stocked.
May 14th, 2006  
1. Edgar McWethy. Why?

Rank and organization: Specialist Fifth Class, U.S. Army, Company B, 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Place and Date: Binh Dinh province, Republic of Vietnam, 21 June 1967. Entered service at: Denver, Colo. Born: 22 November 1944, Leadville, Colo.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Serving as a medical aidman with Company B, Sp5c. McWethy accompanied his platoon to the site of a downed helicopter. Shortly after the platoon established a defensive perimeter around the aircraft, a large enemy force attacked the position from 3 sides with a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire and grenades. The platoon leader and his radio operator were wounded almost immediately, and Sp5c. McWethy rushed across the fire-swept area to their assistance. Although he could not help the mortally wounded radio operator, Sp5c. McWethy's timely first aid enabled the platoon leader to retain command during this critical period. Hearing a call for aid, Sp5c. McWethy started across the open toward the injured men, but was wounded in the head and knocked to the ground. He regained his feet and continued on but was hit again, this time in the leg. Struggling onward despite his wounds, he gained the side of his comrades and treated their injuries. Observing another fallen rifleman Lying in an exposed position raked by enemy fire, Sp5c. McWethy moved toward him without hesitation. Although the enemy fire wounded him a third time, Sp5c. McWethy reached his fallen companion. Though weakened and in extreme pain, Sp5c. McWethy gave the wounded man artificial respiration but suffered a fourth and fatal wound. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety, and demonstrated concern for his fellow soldiers, Sp5c. McWethy inspired the members of his platoon and contributed in great measure to their successful defense of the position and the ultimate rout of the enemy force. Sp5c. McWethy's profound sense of duty, bravery, and his willingness to accept extraordinary risks in order to help the men of his unit are characteristic of the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.
At Fort Sam in 1988 there was a theatre, I don't know if it is still standing, that was next to the 187th building. On the walls of the lobby were the pictures and citations of all the Army medics who received the CMH, most posthumously. His face still haunts me. I don't know what I would say or do. I don't know how to put it in words. As I type this tears are filling my eyes and I can't explain why. I would just like to be in the same room with the man.

2. Thomas Jefferson. One of the smartest people I have ever read about. I would hope to learn something from him and possibly his opinion of this great experiment as it is today.

3. Sayyed Qtub. The source of Islamic fundamentalism and the ideological father of Osama Bin Laden and all like him. I would like to fully understand the source of all this pain.
May 14th, 2006  
Cleopatra, Helen Of Troy, Gypsy Rose Lee
May 14th, 2006  
Italian Guy
1. Ahmed Shah Massoud.
2. Thomas Jefferson.
3. Winston Churchill.
May 14th, 2006  
1. James Clerk Maxwell, most underated physicist ever, effectively tied electricity and magnetsim together, calculated the speed of light etc http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Clerk_Maxwell

2. Churchill, for the banter

3. Ghandi, a better human than any of us will ever be
May 14th, 2006  
1. Adolf Hitler Just to see what actually went on in his head.

2. George Washington

3. George W. Bush So I can poison his food. lol
May 15th, 2006  
Bulldog - did you ever read any books about Flashman by George McDonald Frasier? He is this hero who gets awards like the guy you mentioned. It would always turn out that he would be in that position by accident or actually, usually trying to run away but something would happen and he would accidentally be caught doing something heroic. I was just wondering about your guy...nahhh......