A Trip Through Time | Badge of the Month | May 2021 |

AmaraWAmaraW Salt Lake CIty, Utah, USACommunity Administrator Administrator

A Trip Through Time | Badge of the Month | May 2021 |

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Question: If you could go back in time and have dinner with any historical figure, who would it be and why? Alternatively, tell us about an experience you would want to have with a future figure. 

Experiences can define our perception of the world! Do you ever wonder what it would be like to experience the world through the eyes of someone like Leonardo Da Vinci or Marie Curie? Are you more interested in the future, rather than the past? Maybe you would prefer to be among the first astronauts to colonize another planet, or you’d want to have dinner with the person who eventually cures cancer. Take a trip through time with us and share your dream one on one experience with a current or future historical figure!


  • AdamK12AdamK12 Bethesda, MDCommunity Member, XMPN Member, XMPN Champion Guru ✭✭

    I think it was E.M. Forster in "Aspects of the Novel" who said that when we are thinking of historical figures (or writers of the past) that we should do so in the context of a dinner party, where they are all together discussing the things that engaged and engaging people talk about. So establishing a convention that all the people involved speak the same language, I'd want a small, gender balanced dinner party with people who could be relied upon for epic conversation. Here are some people I'd include:

    Queen Elizabeth I

    Winston Churchill



    Lou Gehrig

    Who would you include?

  • MattiasMMattiasM SwedenCommunity Member Guru ✭✭

    Oh jeeeez.. SOOO many I'd like to meet who are no longer here. I can't even choose.

    Would it be bad to say "Thomas Edison" so I could steal his patent for the light bulb? :/

  • ElieDElieD QC, CanadaCommunity Member Guru ✭✭

    Really hard subject...

    I think my preference will be for a great scientist

    Maybe Charles Darwin (lunch on board of the Beagle would not be a great culinary experience, however) or Gregor Mendel... The fathers of modern genetics.

    Another option could be to travel to ancient Greece having philosophic/scientific discussions with Pythagore or Archimede.

    @AmaraW : Did you know that I've already been to the center of the world ?

    My grandmother was living in Perpignan and the railway station of Perpignan was considered by Dali as the center of the world... Fun fact !

  • ClairJClairJ Philadelphia, PACommunity Member, XM Advocate Sage ✭✭✭

    Hmm, I don't know if he would be considered a historical figure per se, but I would love the opportunity to have dinner with Fred Rogers. From everything people have said about him, he seems like the kind of person who could change the way you think about yourself and others just by listening and offering some compassionate reactions.

  • AmaraWAmaraW Salt Lake CIty, Utah, USACommunity Administrator Administrator

    @ElieD OMG! Not only is Perpignan stunning, but it is also the center of the universe! You are so lucky to have been. I need to book a trip there ASAP 😉! Maybe I will feel inspired and start painting there!

  • VirginiaMVirginiaM Boone, North CarolinaCommunity Member Sage ✭✭✭

    I would choose Margaret Mead. Her approach to anthropology (making it accessible to everyone, not just scholars) has long inspired me. I'd like to know what it was like to be a woman pioneering the field, what inspired her, and what advice she would share if reflecting back on her life.

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