"The Dinner Party"
There are three components to the event, Guests, Setting and Menu, but for the sake of going on too long and making you wish you'd never opened this page, today is confined to the Guest List. Being that Valentine's Day is four days away, the timing is right for hosting a dinner with a romantic theme, or before or after VDay to avoid the shades of red and pink associated with that day. My vote is for the latter.
In no particular order but in a connective grouping of interests and talents:
Anyone from the Royal Botanical Gardens in London
Jerry Jones, Executive Director of the National Coalition
For the Homeless
Dr. Robert Cooke, a pediatrician at John Hopkins
University and original panelist who helped create the
Head Start program back in the mid 60s. Head Start is a comprehensive child development program designed to
help communities meet the needs of disadvantaged
preschool children. Still active and successful to this day.
William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet,
playwright, actor and dramatist
Ernest Hemingway, 1899–1961, American author
Jane Austen, 1775- 1817, British author whose books are rich with irony and social commentary. I'd love to listen in to her conversation with "Papa Hemingway" and "The Bard". Would she admire Hemingway's understated,
economical style and Shakespeare's wit?
Vladamir Horowitz, 1903–1989, a Russian-born
American composer and classical pianist. My favorite!
Leonard Bernstein, 1918–1990, an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer and pianist. He had a long tenure as the music director of the New York Philharmonic. Twice I saw him conduct the NYP. The first time was a performance of a very well known 5th Symphony. His conducting became so animated he fell off the conductor's dais. At my second NYP concert I noticed thigh-high walls had been added to the dais.
Ludwig Van Beethoven, 1770-1827, a German composer
and pianist whose thundering 5th Symphony was
responsible for Maestro Bernstein's tumble.
painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician,
engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer,
botanist, and writer. His "flying machine" was designed
with the contour of a bat's wings in mind. Leonardo
could flit from conversation to conversation and have something intelligent to add to each one. The ideal guest
Astronauts from the Apollo 11 spaceflight, July 20,
1969, the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the
Moon. Americans Neil Armstrong, Commander; Michael
Collins, Command Module Pilot and Edwin "Buzz" E.
Aldrin, Jr., Lunar Module Pilot.
Orville and Wilbur Wright, (1871-1948;1867-1912,
respectively), American pioneers in aviation, credited with
inventing, building and flying the world's first airplane.
Take-off, December, 1903.
Oh to be a fly (no pun intended) on the wall while these men compared notes and experiences!
Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States.
and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Fiercely devoted to her people and committed to preserving stability and peace in England, Elizabeth ruled alone for nearly half a century.
Ulysses S Grant, 1822-1885, born Hiram Ulysses Grant,
he was an American general in the US Civil War and
18th president of the United States, from 1869 to 1877
Robert the Bruce, 1274-1329, King of Scots from 1306
until his death in 1329. Robert, one of the most famous
warriors of his generation, led Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence against England.
was a leader in the Impressionist art movement
Who would be on your formal dinner guest list or who would you add to mine?