The Wish List: 30 People I’d Like to Meet

My good friend Robin Brande made an excellent suggestion on her site. Her idea is that everyone should make a list of 30 people they want to meet someday.

In that spirit, I’ve made just such a list, and I figure I’ll post it here. This way it’s public and maybe it will shame me into actually meeting these people.

This list is in absolutely no particular order!

And realize that the reasons for wanting to meet any particular person on this list may or may not be pure or even sensible to anyone but me. In some cases, I’d just like to shake the person’s hand and thank him or her for being an inspiration. There are a couple of cases where I’d probably say, “What the hell were you thinking?” A few would reduce me to blubbering, incomprehensible human Jell-O.

I’ve also included a list of people who would have been on this list, if not for the fact that I’ve already had the pleasure of meeting them, as well as a list of folks who would have been on this list had they not already left this particular plane of existence. Let that be a lesson to all of us — life is ephemeral; talk to people now.

And now, the lists:

30 People I’d Like to Meet People I’ve Already Met People I Can Never Meet
Bruce Springsteen
Stephen King
Steve Jobs
Steve Wozniak
J.J. Abrams
Lynda Carter
Steven Spielberg
George Lucas
Sam Raimi
Keith Giffen
Alan Moore
Neil Gaiman
Terry Davis
Chris Crutcher
Pete Hautman
Philip Pullman
Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Al Gore
David Fury
Paul Dini
Bruce Timm
Ted Koppel
Jon Stewart
Harold Ramis
Warren Spector
David Lynch
Mark Frost
Clint Eastwood
Michael Chabon
Paul Levitz
Joe Haldeman
Mark Hamill
Jerry Siegel
Curt Swan
Jack Kirby
Warren Zevon