Friday, August 25, 2006

Because someone asked...

Rich Leonardi did this to me.

1. Which famous person would you most like to learn that you are descended from?

Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene (ha ha, just kidding!)
Hmm, how about Abraham? It would mean someone in my background was Jewish, which would be interesting. And it's probably true, isn't it?

2. Which famous person would you hate to learn that you are descended from?

Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene.

3. If you could be ancestor to any living famous person, who would it be and why?

I find it offensive to suggest I'm old enough to be "ancestor" to someone now alive, and famous...harumph! (Am I not famous? Harumph, harumph!)

OK, how about President Bush? Then I could call him up and tell him frequently what he's doing wrong.

4. If you could go back in time and meet any known ancestor(s) of yours, who would it be?

I'd like to meet the first one called "Fuchs" (fox), because I'd like to know why.

5. Tag five others:

The first five people to read this.

. . . Meanwhile, I was tempted to pretend I didn't see this, but I was immediately conscience-stricken. Jay Anderson wants to know how I'll answer this:

"If you could meet and have a deep conversation with any five people on earth, living or dead, from any time period, who would they be?" (Explaining why is optional.) Name five: saints, those in the process of being canonized, heroes from your native country, authors/writers, celebrities.

Saints: St. Paul the Apostle; St. Augustine; St. John Chrysostom; St. Basil (or any of the Cappadocians); St. Joan d'Arc; St. Catherine of Siena; St. Louis the King; St. John Vianney. ("Hey, that's more than five!" Yeah, whaddya gonna do?)

Being canonized: Cardinal Newman; Father Michael McGivney (founder of the Knights of Columbus); Dorothy Day (she has a cause, doesn't she?); Mother Theresa; Pope John Paul II.

Heroes: the first European settlers at Virginia and Massachusetts; the first Catholic missionaries and martyrs; Thomas Jefferson & George Washington (point-counterpoint?); Abraham Lincoln (inclusion does not imply endorsement); Geronimo; Andrew Carnegie, Commodore Vanderbilt, and all the "Gilded Age" "villains"; Barry Goldwater; Martin Luther King.

Writers/authors: the (human) authors of the Pentateuch, Psalms, the Song of Solomon and Revelation (no "s"!); Confucius; Hannurabi (sp?); Joseph Smith; Victor Hugo.

Celebrities: Samuel Clemens; Humphrey Bogart; William Holden; Ingrid Bergman; Frank Sinatra.

Tag five people: the first five to read this.

1 comment:

Mark Anthony said...

1. Which famous person would you most like to learn that you are descended from?

Marc Antony. How cool and ironic would that be?

2. Which famous person would you hate to learn that you are descended from?

A three way toss up among Caligula, Vlad the Impaler and Richard Nixon.

3. If you could be ancestor to any living famous person, who would it be and why?

Bill Gates. Four words: Living in the guesthouse.

4. If you could go back in time and meet any known ancestor(s) of yours, who would it be?

His name escapes me now, but I had an ancestor on my mother's side who enlisted in the Ohio Volunteer Infantry at the beginning of the Civil War and fought until the end. He would have some fascinating stories, I bet.

"If you could meet and have a deep conversation with any five people on earth, living or dead, from any time period, who would they be?" (Explaining why is optional.) Name five: saints, those in the process of being canonized, heroes from your native country, authors/writers, celebrities.

Saints: St. Joseph; St. Mary Magdalene; St. Francis of Assisi; St. Teresa of Avila; St. Thomas More.

Being canonized: Cardinal Newman; Dorothy Day (yes, she has a cause); Pope John XXIII; and two who should have a cause: Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Fr. Raymond Brown.

Heroes: Abraham Lincoln (endorsement gustily given); Galileo; Ghandi; my wife; my father.

Writers/authors: St. Mark (or whoever wrote the second gospel); Jonathon Swift; JRR Tolkien; Umberto Eco; Agatha Christie.

Celebrities: Leonardo Da Vinci; Ben Franklin; Jackie Robinson; Warren Zevon; Sheryl Crow (grrr...)