Saturday, January 14, 2017

The five famous people you'd like to talk to

“I love being famous. It's almost like being white.” — Chris Rock

A COUPLE of weeks ago I asked my virtual villagers, if given the chance, what five living, famous people would they want to sit down with for a one-on-one chat. 

The subject was on my mind because I had wishing I could have the opportunity to speak to Robert Reich in person about the current predicament the country is in, and then I got to wondering which others I'd choose to talk to if I could. After much speculation, I narrowed it to Howard Dean, Elizabeth WarrenArthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. (publisher of The New York Times), Jon Stewart and Robert Reich.

I considered many whom I admire but didn't choose them, for example Neil deGrasse Tyson, because a) my gaze is intent upon our perilous national circumstances and b) in his case at least, let's face it, how much of what he'd say would I actually grasp? 

There are those who obviously would have a great deal to say about where we are as a country — Barack and Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders to name a few, but I didn't put them on my list because I either thought I'd be too intimidated by them or because I suspected they'd be unlikely to be very forthcoming. President Obama, for example: it would be a once-in-a-lifetime honor to speak to him, but how much would he be able or likely to reveal?

Of those my virtual village listed, there were some I'd never heard of: Margaret Atwood, Frankie Boyle, Bob Gibson, Nick Hanauer, Thomas Hartmann, Michael Hirst, Bell Hooks (wow, I didn't know any of the Hs), Michael Lewis, Donald Maass, George R.R. Martin, James May, Patrick Moore, Wayne Pacelle, Suzanna Arundhati Roy, Assata Shakur, Christian Thibaudeau, Charles Woodson and Zhang Ziyi  so once again, my virtual village broadens my perspective. Of the entire list, I've met three: Howard Dean, Carole King and Bernie Sanders

The names are listed in descending order starting with the most named. (FYI: Blue indicates the ones I chose.) And s
ince not everyone who reads Hey Look Something Shiny is from the United States — there were plenty of those chosen who I new nothing about — I included a little bit of information about everyone who received just one vote.

PS: You may notice an anomaly for my village: Barbara Bush, Dick Cheney and Paul Ryan listed — as you might guess, named by the same person.


Barack Obama



Elizabeth Warren


Jimmy Carter
Michelle Obama
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Jon Stewart  

Warren Buffett
Rachel Maddow
Robert Reich   
Bernie Sanders

Hillary Clinton
Howard Dean  
Pope Francis 
Keith Richards

Ellen DeGeneres
Stephen Hawking
Stephen King
Dalai Lama
Bill Maher 
Michael Moore 
Bill Moyers 


Christiane Amanpour  Chief International Correspondent for CNN
Margaret Atwood  Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and activist Samantha Bee  Comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actress and TV host Joshua Bell  American violinist and conductor
Joe Biden  47th Vice President of the United States
Frankie Boyle  Scottish comedian and writer 
Donna Brazile  American author, political analyst and acting Chair of the Democratic NC
Barbara Bush  Mother of George W. Bush and wife of George H.W. Bush
Rosanne Cash  American singer-songwriter, author and daughter of Johnny Cash 
Dick Cheney   46th Vice President of the United States
Bill Clinton  42nd president of the United States
Judy Collins  American singer and songwriter
Chick Corea  American jazz and fusion pianist, keyboardist and composer
Mark Cuban  American entrepreneur and investor
Robert De Niro  American actor and producer
Johnny Depp  American actor, producer, and musician
Stephen Donaldson  American fantasy, science fiction and mystery novelist
HRH Queen Elizabeth II  Queen of England 
Peter Fonda  American actor, son of Henry Fonda and brother of Jane Fonda
Morgan Freeman  American actor, producer and narrator
Peter Gabriel  English singer-songwriter, musician and humanitarian 
Melinda Gates  Wife of Bill Gates and co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Bob Gibson  American baseball pitcher who played 17 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals
Ruth Bader Ginsburg  Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
Whoopi Goldberg  American actress, comedian, author and television host
Nick Hanauer  American entrepreneur, venture capitalist 
Thomas Hartmann  American author, entrepreneur and progressive radio show host
Michael Hirst  English screenwriter and producer  
Bell Hooks  American author, feminist and social activist
Mick Jagger  English singer, songwriter, lead singer and a co-founder of the Rolling Stones
Michael Jordan  Retired American professional basketball player and businessman
Megyn Kelly  American journalist and political commentator
Carole King  American composer and singer-songwriter
Paul Krugman  American economist, university professor and New York Times columnist 
Annie Lennox  Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist
Michael Lewis  American non-fiction author and financial journalist
Donald Maass  New York City literary agent representing more than 150 novelists
George R.R. Martin  American novelist, screenwriter and television producer
James May  British television presenter and journalist
Ian McKellen  English stage and film actor
Angela Merkel  German politician and Chancellor of Germany
Helen Mirren  English stage and film actor
Patrick Moore  English amateur astronomer, writer, radio commentator and TV presenter
Willie Nelson  American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor and activist
Bill Nye  American science educator, radio host, TV presenter and mechanical engineer
John Oliver  English comedian, writer, producer, commentator, media critic and TV host 
Charles Osgood  American radio and television commentator and writer
Wayne Pacelle  President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States
Robert Redford  American actor, director, producer, businessman and environmentalist 
Rob Reiner  American actor, writer, director, producer and activist
Anthony Rizzo  American professional baseball first baseman for the Chicago Cubs
Sonny Rollins  American jazz tenor saxophonist
J.K. Rowling  British novelist, screenwriter and film producer
Suzanna Arundhati Roy  Indian author 
Paul Ryan  US Congressman and 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives
Martin Scorsese  American director, producer, screenwriter, actor and film historian
Ridley Scott  English film director and producer
Assata Shakur  African-American activist and fugitive
Paul Simon  American musician, singer-songwriter and actor
Edward Snowden  American former CIA employee known for leaking classified information
Gloria Steinem  American feminist, journalist, and social and political activist
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr.  American journalist and publisher of The New York Times
Christian Thibaudeau  Canadian bodybuilder and strength-training coach
Garry Trudeau  American cartoonist and producer best known for Doonesbury
Betty White  American actress, animal rights activist, author, comedian and TV personality
Charles Woodson  American former football cornerback and safety 
Zhang Ziyi  Chinese actress and model

Bernie Sanders

Carole King and me

1 comment:

  1. A lot of great names on that list. What fun to make and adjust our own while thinking about those of others.