Six For Dinner

An old post from 2014, and a little fantasy game to think about during lockdown. Who would be your ideal dinner companions, alive or dead? Please let me know in the comments.


One subject often discussed when personalities are interviewed, is who would make the perfect dinner guest. Which notable people, past or present, would make your ideal evening, around the convivial setting of a dining table. Of course, almost everyone will have a different guest list. Some may choose attractive stars, others inventive geniuses. Many might want to discuss things with the great thinkers and philosophers, or even the most reviled characters from history, just to see what they were really like. You might decide to invite a famous chat-show host, a person who has interviewed everyone of note during your lifetime, or prefer to meet the famous names of antiquity, and discover their real story.

For my dinner party, I have imagined a table set for six people. As one of them will have to be me, I have thought long and hard about the five guests who will join…

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44 thoughts on “Six For Dinner

  1. My favorite dinner companion right now will be myself. I would really like some me-time. Amid this coronavirus lockdown, my 4 roomed house is full–with 3 men, 2 women and 1 teenager and two kids. There is no peace. Earlier, it was MY place–when I went to the roof, it was always empty. I would relax. Now somebody is always there trying to vent the pent up energy, trying not to burst. Our house is next to the busiest road around, but that road is a lot more peaceful now than my rooftop. 😦 I want to dine with me for a change.

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  2. It has been years since I hosted a dinner party but in the old days I was subject to a lot of them — and cocktail parties as well — mostly local dignitaries, people seeking financial support for one cause or the other and one that entertained the governor of a state during an election campaign (That was a dinner of rock lobster tails, lyonnaise potatoes and other delicacies. — We took more than 200 photographs during that occasion — all 8×10-inch photographs — but now, in my advanced years, dinner parties and social occasions no longer interest me …. and neither do all the traditional conventions that once formed such a large (and often controlling) part of my adventurous life.

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  3. Neil Armstrong, Muhammad Ali, Charles Darwin, Robert Kennedy and Elvis Presley for the after dinner entertainment. β€” If one of them couldn’t make it “Donald Trump!” β€” seriously, how entertaining would listening to that guy be? Lol!

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    1. Thanks, Corky. A heavily ‘American’ list. I don’t think I could tolerate Trump past the starter though.
      I would not be able to stop looking at his hair! πŸ™‚ But I would like to ask Armstrong to tell me the truth about whether or not they ever went to The Moon!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. Ah man, Trump would be a blast! Imagine Kennedy’s reaction to him being President? And maybe Elvis could sing a duet with him? I bet Trump warms up with β€” me-me-me β€” I-I-I.

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  4. Interesting thought. Two dinners. One all women, One all men. Then bring them together afterward.

    Science – Marie Curie
    Military – Grace Hopper
    Art – Imogen Cunningham
    Politician – Indira Gandhi
    Spiritual – Mary Magdalene
    Family – My maternal great-grandmother

    Science – C. Everett Koop
    Military – Winfield Scott
    Art – Degas
    Politician – Nikita Khrushchev
    Spiritual – Jesus of Nazareth
    Family – My Dad

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    1. Some good photographers there. Like a Magnum reunion! I might like to ask Diane Arbus about her inspiration too. Deakins did a great job on ‘1917’. πŸ™‚ Jack Cardiff would be full of ancedotes!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. I have always loved doing this. My 5 people plus me, would be Jane Austen, Margaret Atwood, Ernest Hemmingway, Woody Allen and Pablo Picasso. I think the conversation would be amazing!

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    1. Ooh, you could ask Woody ‘that question’! πŸ™‚
      Thanks for playing along, Darlene. I would like to ask Attwood about ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’, and discuss how relevant it has become in modern America.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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