June 23, 2010
Who Would You Most Like To Meet?
A few days ago, someone asked me the question, “Who would you most like to meet / sit down and talk with / or have dinner with?” I did not hesitate… “Oprah,” I said…
Wouldn’t my interest in Latin American issues draw me towards Carmen Aristegui, Elena Poniatowska or Denise Dresser? It would be fascinating to meet any of them…
And my love of the arts? Wouldn’t I want to speak with a really great painter, a very knowledgeable art critic or a wonderful musician? Certainly, yes!
But why would I choose Oprah above anyone else? I would choose her because there is no one I can think of who has made such a huge success of her life. From a disadvantaged beginning, she has become one of the world’s most respected public figures. She has made billions but more importantly, she’s given a lot of it away. She has remained respectful and uses her fame to attract attention to what she feels is important.
“You do know that 2011 will be the last year of her show?” my friend asked. “Of course, I know.” I replied.
“And I guess I’ll never get to see her. The website doesn’t even have a space where you can request tickets.” … “And I’ve heard that when it does open up, it’s like a lottery.” my acquaintance said. “Not much hope.”
But then I started to think about it… I said to my friend, “The producers of the show must look to have interesting people in the audience. What if a whole bunch of women from Merida, Yucatan, Mexico requested a group booking?” My girlfriend agreed, “If you really want to go, it’s worth a try… it can’t be an every-day thing to have a lot of women come from so far…” “It probably is more common than we think… but nothing ventured, nothing gained, rright?”
So what do you think? Would you travel to Chicago to see Oprah? If so, leave a comment here and I’ll put your name on the growing list!
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