Ask The Audience: Who Would Come To Your Dinner?

Ivy says:

It’s the world’s oldest meme, I’m sure. You know, the question about, if you could invite anyone living or dead to dinner at your house, who are the three people you’d invite? Invariably most people end up saying Jesus, Abraham Lincoln, and Oprah. Or, some combination including one of those three people.

So, let’s get out of that box and invite some other people. Me, I’d have Ralph Nader, my late grandmother and Wilie Nelson to dinner. Why? Well, I remember in my childhood how much my grandma griped about Ralph Nader. One time she was saying that she’d give me some iodine for whatever was ailing me, but “that stupid Ralph Nader put an end to that.” I still don’t know what that was all about, but the amusement factor could be great there.

And Willie? Well, I’d invite him to see the Willie Nelson Mii I made on my Wii and see if he’d play Wii Music with me. And, he and I could tee hee about my grandma battling with Ralph Nader. Good times, people, good times.

So, let’s hear your dinner invitees and why.


  1. Jasileet on November 20, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    1.) PE Obama – Would love to know what he’s got in store. So excited!
    2.) Angelina Jolie – Would love to know how she manages 6 kids. My 2 are makin’ me nuts! Plus, she seems super-fascinating. Or Brad if she’s busy that night. He can tell me all about HER! lol
    3.)William Gibson – Love love love his books. I want to know what he sees in the future for our technological culture.

    I haven’t answered this in awhile. #3 has stayed the same. #2 now for different reasons. LOL

  2. Maleia on November 20, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    First off, fitting for the times, I would have Barack Obama. To congratulate him, talk politics, and know him as a person. I think he’s pretty cool.

    And my favorite authors, CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein.

    But I think if that happened, both my husband and I would have brain aneurysms from all the intellegence in the room.

  3. Tracy on November 20, 2008 at 11:52 am

    I would love to have Matt, Al and Ann from the today show. Ever since I was a little girl I watched that show. I spend every morning having breakfast with them, it would be nice to actually share a meal with them.

  4. Nancy on November 20, 2008 at 9:55 am

    My father, my mother-in-law and my grandmother, just so they could meet the grandchildren they never got to meet while they were alive. To make it a truly traditional Thanksgiving like when I grew up, my Father would show up late because it is hunting season, after all. 🙂

  5. Kendra on November 19, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Queen Elizabeth I… Mary Magdalene…and Jeff Dunham with his “friends”. Admiration, knowledge and humor 🙂

  6. Heather on November 19, 2008 at 11:23 pm

    There is no wrong, but for eye candy though I’m must insist on Vince Vaughan (as he was in Clay Pigeons) or Brendan Fraser. I guess I like men big and able to be a little goofy.

  7. Lisa- Domestic Accident on November 19, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Brad Pitt (is that wrong?)

  8. Keter on November 19, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I find myself unable to fantasize to that degree today (recovering from some sort of crud and still kinda brain-fogged).

    However, in the past, when I lived within reasonable distance of military bases, I made a habit of inviting young men who were separated from their families – often for the first time in their lives – at the holidays. They would come for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and would always leave with a big box of cookies and a couple of pies to take back to the barracks and share (or not).

    If you have military bases in your area and extra room at your table, consider calling up the base operator and asking if such a program exists in your area.

  9. gracie on November 19, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Gandhi, Voltaire, J.r.r. Tolkien — oh what a mix

  10. nil zed on November 19, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    about the ‘iodine’ situation that so vexed your grandma, read this:

    I know where i grew up in the south, a lot of people CALLED this product iodine, but it wasn’t. iodine solution, still used, leaves a yellow brown stain, not the distinctive red of this product. Nevertheless…

    Dinner! Ummm, Louisa May Alcott, because she was the first author whom I loved. Besides Little Women and others children’s novels, she wrote rather risque (for the time) novellas and also worked for womens rights.

    Katherine Swynford, mistress and later wife of John of Gaunt, also the sister in law of Chaucer, because I think Miss Alcott and I would both find her fascinating. She seemed to have lived her life her own way, a rarity in her era. She is the ‘matriarch’ of the line that eventually became the Tudors.

    Finally, a Japanese pholosopher/poet, Murasaki Shikibu because I plan to attempt reading her “Tale of the Genji” based on a friend’s advice. It looks quite daunting, so, I’d like the opportunity of a bit of one on one discussion.

  11. Mom of three on November 19, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    My dad, because I miss him. My brother, who was mute, because now he could talk, and my second great grandmother, cause I’d like to know who the heck she was and what was her freaking big secret. Then I’d tell her off for not being easier to find in 1870 and then I’d give her a big hug, because she’s been dead for 100 years and doesn’t deserve a huge lecture from a second great granddaughter on Thanksgiving.

  12. Melissa on November 19, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    CS Lewis- He’s my favorite author and had an amazing imagination. It sounds like he was an extremely interesting conversationalist, and I want him to be my grandpa.

    Mother Teresa- Just for some of her wisdom. And to give her a huge hug.

    Teddy Roosevelt- He was one of the craziest presidents. I just think he’d be entertaining, plus I love to learn about American History.

  13. PollyS on November 19, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    How fun!
    I can’t limit it to just 3.
    Here we go:
    My late Paw Paw-he was such a sweet and gentle soul and I didn’t appreciate him when I was younger.
    My Daddy – I love(d) him!
    Elvis – well, he’s Elvis
    Lewis Grizzard – Because we all need to laugh and I would love to hear his wonderful Southern accent.
    And finally, the Apostle Paul – He seems like the whole package…intelligent, funny, sarcastic, loves the Lord and more! I would just love to hear him speak.

  14. AA on November 19, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    This is a toughie for me, on one hand I would want to invite my grandmother and her two sisters who are all deceased. I would love to just bask in their joy at being together. And, to ask why in the world they raised skunks?!?!

    On the other hand, I would like to invite my grandfather who died before I was born as well as my great grandmothers.

    Basically, I’d be most interested in meeting with family members and learning who they were and how they lived.

  15. Taylor on November 19, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    I’d invite my three great (to many degrees) grandparents that I’ve traced to their original countries. My Welsh Grandfather (came about 1730) My Dutch Grandfather (came about 1640) and my English Grandmother, who was glamorously named Elizabeth Taylor (came about 1710). I’d want to know why they came and what they think of America today.

  16. Heather on November 19, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Thomas Jefferson, so once and for all we could settle the whole “what the founding fathers had in mind debate.”
    Terry Pratchett simply because I adore his satire and would love to be all fangirl about someone.
    Bill Gates, because someone is going to have to pick up the tab.
    No, they aren’t deep and profound, but it’s my dinner and I’ll invite whomever I please.

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