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During our morning walk, Melanie in IA and I were talking about a hypothetical question. We enjoy some good discussions during our walks. This one got us enthused quickly about the possibilities.

I told her I was thinking about who I would like to visit after I died. (No, I am not ill or anything of the sort.) Besides loved ones, I could think of a few people right away that I would love to ask some questions. Melanie did the same. We decided it would be interesting to share a few of those and the questions we would ask. After that, we want to hear from you.

We are not advocating for any after-life positions you may or may not hold. That isn't the point. We are merely interested in knowing who you would see if you could. The religious or after-life questions are for another diary.


Who would you visit when you die? Why? What would you want to know?

Jim's Choices


Thomas Jefferson - Is the United States living up to your vision of what you wanted this nation to become?
Abraham Lincoln - We have a black man for president for the first time. What do you think of that?
Carl Sagan - Two questions for you, sir. Is S.E.T.I a waste of time for earthlings?
What did you mean when you said that science doesn’t seek absolute truths, but asymptotically tries to approach truth?
Marie Curie - You won two Nobel Prizes, sharing one with your husband Pierre. Your daughter won. What would you say to people today about their fears of radioactivity and whether they are well-founded?
Leonardo Da Vinci - You were a master of so many things. What field of study would you pursue today?



Melanie's Choices


Anna Williams, African American quilter from New Orleans - I'd like to talk to her about her creative process and inspirations, and about how, technically, she took her creative vision to reality.
Eleanor Roosevelt, First Lady and pioneer for social justice - On a personal level, I'd ask her about successes and disappointments in her life, and her view on changes in American society in the 20th century.
Louisa May Alcott, author - How did the nation change over your lifetime, and what was the impact of war and reconstruction at the household level?
Mary Lou Williams, jazz composer, pianist, and arranger - What was it like being a woman in a "man's" field of music? Add on that being African-American during segregation, how difficult was it to tour and to get recognition for your own talents? How did the music industry and the jazz genre change over your career?
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