Thursday, January 16, 2014

Your Last Supper Lists

In last Sunday's post I brought up the topic of the Last Supper List - the list of 12 people, living or dead, real or imaginary, that you'd invite to your Last Supper. I provided my own list, and asked you, Dear Readers, to provide your own. The results were, as I expected, interesting.

Just for review, this was my LSL:

Pope Francis;
Leonardo da Vinci;
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt;
Dorothy Parker;
Will Rogers;
J. R. R. Tolkien;
George R. R. Martin;
Sherlock Holmes;
Winston Churchill;
Sun Tzu; and,
Niccolo Machiavelli.

And here were some of the others you suggested:

From Elvis:
Thomas Jefferson (a fascinating choice);
Lord Kelvin;
Gregor Mendel (interesting!);
Leonardo di Vinci;
Theodore Roosevelt;
Dorothy Parker;
Emily Dickinson;
Leo Tolstoy;
Thomas Edison; and,
Marco Polo.

From Andrea (all musicians, can you imagine that?):
George Harrison;
Davy Jones;
Elvis Costello; and,
Simon LeBon.

Angel's list included:
George Washington (an excellent choice ... I should probably add him to my own list);
William Faulkner;
Zooey Deschanel;
Conan O'Brien;
Niccolo Machiavelli;
St. Francis of Assisi (he would probably enjoy talking with Pope Francis);
René Descartes; and,
Jane Austen.

Heidi wants to invite authors and humorists:
Dorothy Parker;
Mark Twain;
Dave Berry;
Lewis Grizzard;
Jerry Clower;
Ogden Nash; and,
Will Rogers (ah, Heidi ... no wonder I like you!).

Grand Crapaud's list includes musicians, authors, and spies:
Mata Hari;
Elvis Presley;
Theodore Roosevelt;
George Sand
(a lady, actually!);
Frederic Chopin;
Benjamin Franklin
(I wonder how I missed him for my own list...);
Joan of Arc;

Peggy would invite a lot more people than this, but had to stop somewhere:
My MOM !! (knowing Peggy, I'll bet her mom is a hoot...);
Gloria Steinem;
President Obama;
Margaret Sanger;
Louise May Alcott;
Nostradamus; and,
Billy Joel.

And Mike's comment was classic Mike: "I've been trying to come up with a list and still can't come up with anyone. I prefer to eat by myself."

A few comments on these lists:

Authors, poets, and musicians feature prominently on many of your lists. Somehow, this doesn't surprise me ... these are figures I also like, and if you've decided to follow my blog, chances are you are likely to enjoy them as well.

American history is well-represented. I think we could make up a special Last Supper just with Washington, Jefferson, Franklin, and the three Roosevelts (Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor)

There are not many religious figures, but those that made the lists would probably be fascinating to sit next to (Pope Francis and Saint Francis of Assisi). 

Very few modern political figures show up on your lists. No problem - I don't like many of them, either.

I think the idea of the Last Supper List is a really interesting one that gives insights into our personalities and interests. Thanks to all of you who submitted your lists ... I think I know you better  and like you more now. If you're ever in the general area of Disneyland-on-the-Potomac, let me know and we'll make our own miniature Last Supper with as many as we can get together.

Have a good day. More thoughts tomorrow.



eViL pOp TaRt said...

I enjoyed the Last Supper list assignment. It gave me occasion to think about who I would like to be influenced or learn more about. I definitely like Will Rogers and Honoré de Balzac.

Pope Francis should be included.

I wonder how my list would interact with Jim Morrison...

allenwoodhaven said...

Ben Franklin
Groucho Marx
JRR Tolkien
Leonardo Da Vinci
Marco Polo
Thomas Beckett
Bilbo (the blogger, not the hobbit!)
Alexander the Great
William Shakespeare
James Taylor
Gandalf (the wizard)

I'll admit that the lists you posted gave me some ideas, but I think this would be an interesting group. Great topic!

Margaret (Peggy or Peg too) said...

My mom died when I was 13 so we have a lot of catching up to do. :-)

Banana Oil said...

I would like to hang out with Heidi's crowd. They, like her, know how to laugh!

KathyA said...

Mine are not nearly as esoteric as everyone else's:
David Hyde Pierce
Robin Williams
Nathan Lane
Russel L. Honoré
Warren Buffet
Barbara Jordan
Ann Richards
Maya Angelou
Abraham Lincoln
Andrea Boccelli
Beverly Sills

KathyA said...

Add Terry Bradshaw and Peyton Manning to mine!!! And yes, I know that's too many...

Big Sky Heidi said...

I'm glad you liked my list, Bilbo. I wonder about adding Allen Ginsberg to my group.

allenwoodhaven said...

I want to add Molly Ivans and Art Buchwald to my list. If I have to uninvite some, I'd not have Thomas Beckett and JFK. Also, I'd certainly expect that my wife could attend!
This list had me thinking about it all day! Choosing a menu would be an interesting exercise as well.

Purple Flowers said...

Benjamin Franklin
John Lennon
my maternal Grandfather
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Thomas Jefferson
Antonio Vivaldi
my Mother
a Native American adult female
John Singer Sargent