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If we could get one famous person back, who would it be?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by DanOregon, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Seeing all the celeb death threads made me wonder...if you could bring back one celebrity/athlete/politician today at their age at the time of their death, who would it be?

    I'm somewhat torn between Martin Luther King Jr. who I think still had some good work left in him, perhaps River Phoenix and Selena, maybe Davy Allison.
  2. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    John F. Kennedy.
  3. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    So you're torn among one of the most important men in our country's history, a mediocre actor, a singer who had no impact, and a race car driver?

    How dumb is that premise?
  4. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

  5. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    I'd go with MLK, too. I'd be interested in what his impact would have been in the 1970s or '80s.

    My instinct was to say John Lennon, but in all honesty -- and I know it's blasphemy, because I'm one of the biggest John fans on this board, outside of maybe Starman -- I think he would have petered out musically a little like McCartney has done. Just not sure how much impact he would have had, other than being another ex-Beatle.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I tried to take one from each of the different categories. People can go any way they want to with the question.
  7. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    I think the only logical answers are Jack Kennedy or Martin Luther King because of their potential impact on the world.

    Celebrities don't really rate in this discussion ... not even "celebrities" with the social/political awareness and influence of someone like Lennon.
  8. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    I agree, but if someone wants to pick a celeb as well, I think that would be okay.
  9. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    Is this to only include people who died prematurely? Because if not, I'd go with Einstein, Edison or Da Vinci.

    Any one of them would probably be able to do some serious work with current technological and scientific advances.
  10. dooley_womack1

    dooley_womack1 Well-Known Member

    MLK reincarnated today would be outshouted by Sharpton. I'd like to have Paul Wellstone back, because now he could actually have real influence.
  11. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    Actually, between the two, I'd take Robert Kennedy. I think the trajectory of his impact had greater potential.
  12. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    RFK alive, maybe he beats Nixon, no Watergate, no Bork, no Bork getting rejected for the Supreme Court, no breakthrough with China, interesting...

    on second thought: (pulled this from American Heritage.com)

    Diplomatic concerns aside, Kennedy could not and would not have been nominated by his party. It is true that by August 1968, when the Democratic National Convention opened in Chicago, 38.7 percent of Democratic primary voters had cast ballots for McCarthy and 30.6 percent had cast ballots for Kennedy, meaning that over two-thirds of primary voters had supported candidates who called for a negotiated settlement of the war in Southeast Asia. By contrast, only 2.2 percent of primary voters had supported Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who initially adhered to the administration’s hard line on Vietnam

    But in 1968 only 15 states chose their delegates by primary. At least 57 percent of convention delegates were selected by county committeemen, state party apparatchiks, and elected officials. As early as June 2, even before Kennedy’s assassination, the vice president’s advisers had sewn up enough delegates to secure the nomination. Humphrey did not need grass-roots support to win; all he needed was the party bosses.
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