Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

My good friends Paul and Jessica posed this question via e-mail the other night: If you were throwing a “dinner party for the ages”, and could invite anyone from any historical era, who would you invite?  It seemed like a simple enough question.  However, when I started putting the list together, my brain went ker-floofy and I kept coming up with fictional characters, then I panicked and could only come up with the names of writers.

So, in the interest of full disclosure, I’ll be posted three lists.  The first list is my original, panic-induced list.  The second one is an edited version composed once cooler heads prevailed.  The third list is a list of fictional characters.  In a perfect world, I think I’d combine the fictional and the historical lists.  But this ain’t a perfect world, Nancy, and those weren’t the rules.

1. Original Dinner Party For The Ages Invite List

Joss Whedon

Charles Dickens

Robert E. Howard

Jane Austen

H.P. Lovecraft

Lester Dent

Walter Gibson

Arthur Conan Doyle

Queen Boudica

Audrey Hepburn

Marilyn Monroe

Jayne Mansfield

Neil Gaiman

Stephen King

Groucho Marx

Lee Marvin

Mel Blanc

2. Edited Dinner Party For The Ages Invite List

Joss Whedon

Charles Dickens

Howard Carter

Jane Austen

Niall of the Nine Hostages

Lester Dent

Walter Gibson

Arthur Conan Doyle

Queen Boudica

Alfred the Great

Heinrich Schliemann

Audrey Hepburn

Jack Kirby

Marilyn Monroe

Jayne Mansfield

Groucho Marx

Stephen King

Mel Blanc

3. Fictional Dinner Party For The Ages Invite List

Harry Dresden, Bob, and Karrin Murphy

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson

Archie Goodwin

Annja Creed

Philip Marlowe

Elizabeth Swann

Mal Reynolds and Inara Serra

Harry Flashman

Alice Abernathy

Edmund Blackadder and Baldrick

Basil Fawlty

Ash Williams

Modesty Blaise

Doc Savage

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7 responses to “Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

  1. I ‘ll bet HP Lovecraft would have been a riot…..you know with the women issues and all…. just for fireworks bring Gloria Stienman along

  2. i’ve been dying to ask Lovecraft what his inspiration for the ‘gorilla bride’ story was.

  3. Well, here’s your chance. Drinks start at 6:30; first course is at 7.

  4. Where’s Jayne?

    But I’m awestruck at the amount of women you included so I’ll try to ignore your bad taste at inviting Mal and Inara but not Jayne and Kaylee.

  5. “Awestruck”? Really? Come on, you can’t have a fancy shindig without the company of several charming ladies (even if more than one show up with swords).

    And, as with all lists, there are some obvious omissions. Hopefully that will lead others to make lists of their own…and, when everyone is too busy making lists to go to work, the economy will crash, society will collapse, and I will RULE ALL!

  6. ……as I said Danno your first list was very “writerly”….and low and behold we got many responses in a similar vein. (Jane Austen’s dancecard is definitely full). Here’s the original lists more dastardly than writerly…..
    Our lists—-
    Jessica said Alexander the Great, Solomon, Saladin, Da Vinci, Elizabeth the First of England, Rasputin, Cleopatra, The Borgias (Caesare, Lucretia, and Pope Alexander), Mark Twain, Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette, Jennifer Saunders & Joanna Lumley & Eddie Izzard.

    I said Sulla, Augustus, King Roger Guiscard of Sicily (wiki him), Errol Flynn & Marlene Dietrich, Caravaggio, Oscar Wilde, George Macdonald Fraser, Catherine the Great & her horse, Howard Hawks, Claudia Cardinale, Marie De Medici, Cortes & Montezuma, Mick & Keith.

  7. I think it’s safe to say that Messrs. Dent and Gibson will probably be free, even if Ms. Austen has to bail.

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