Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

Bailey, party of twelve

My son Ben is working on a great school project. He has to choose 12 people for his ideal get together. They can be alive or dead or even characters from fiction. So far, Thomas Jefferson, Harry Potter, Ben Franklin, Jesus, and Obi-Wan Kenobi have made the list.

We had so much fun talking about this over dinner, I couldn't resist putting together a list of my own. I decided to stick with living people to help narrow the field.

My Dream Guest List

Steve Jobs - design, drive for perfection, innovation

John McCain - might as well get on the 2008 bus now

Bono - music, politics, spirituality

Ed Young - leadership, relentless focus on the vision

Richard Rorty - the one public philosopher I still read

Nick Nornby - my favorite fiction writer

Peggy Noonan - one of my two favorite political writers

William Kristol - my other favorite political writer

Robert Scoble - if for no other reason than to read about the whole thing on his blog the next morning!

Aaron Sorkin - my favorite screenwriter

Tim Russert - fairness, passion for politics, family values in the best sense

The final spot is reserved for my son - once I found out I made his list, that was a given!

Now, let's hear some of your names...