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From the Sublime to True Crime: We Asked Who’d You Want to Spend 15 Minutes in a Room with Dead or Alive…

And your answers were equal parts heartbreaking and hilarious.





If you could have 15 minutes alone in a room with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be and what would you do/discuss?
  • My grandma … I would love to talk to her about my kids. I found out I was pregnant with my second a week before she died. And I am pretty sure my daughter has many of her personality traits. — Jenna G., Fargo, ND
  • My Granny and I’d thank her for helping raise me and teaching me that simple things are almost always the best things. Oh, and I’d introduce her to my amazing kids. — Frances Ann L., Valdosta, GA
  • Me and I wouldn’t say a word. — Deb J., Bismarck, ND
  • Barack Obama. I’d love to just discuss being a father, a husband and simply the human experience. I have a feeling it would be an enjoyable moment in time. — Kevin C., Glenview, IL
  • My mom… and what would I do/discuss? I suggest you listen to the song from Reba McEntire SEVEN MINUTES IN HEAVEN. — Julie U., Jupiter, FL
  • Martin Luther King Jr. I would like to know if he saw his life turning out any other way. If not, what made him stay on course? — Lisa S., Vancouver, WA
  • Winston Churchill. I would want to get his perspective on the world as it is now compared to his time. Maybe see if he has any tips on how to navigate the world as it currently is. — Mitch P., Victoria, MN
  • I would love to speak with my father again. He died at 80. I would love to update him on my achievements and how the family has grown with twins recently. One of the twins is named after him. — Robert E., Oakland Park, FL
  • Padre Pio … not sure if you want to hear about my devout Catholic faith … but it would be about bilocation. And how I could be in two places at once. — Patti R., North Andover, MA
  • My future self. — Jocelyn M., Lancaster, MA
  • Jack the Ripper because I want to know who it was for real … but he’d be restrained! Jimmy Hoffa because I want to know where he’s buried! Tesla because it’s Nikolai Tesla! Marilyn Monroe just to tell her she’s still loved. — Angel M., Cynthiana, KY
  • My mother. I miss her so much and it would be great to tell her of the influence that she has on my life. — Sonja F., Austin, TX
  • Queen Elizabeth. I would love to just pick her brain and learn about the things she did in the ‘every day.’ — Colby S., Dothan, AL
  • Wife and history. — Ken W., Livingston, NJ
  • My birth mom. She died and left me an inheritance, which I used to open my shop. I’d love the opportunity to thank her and show her around. I was four years old the last time I saw her. — Kyla S., Atascadero, CA
  • My mom. Everything!! Robin Williams. Everything! — Diana B., Austin, TX
  • Such a difficult question! I think somebody that has been self-made and can break a complex topic down into simple to understand terms would be the minimum requirements. Too many names pop into my mind right off the bat, Gandhi, Elon, Mark Cuban, etc. — Travis L., Logan, UT
  • Angie Duke author of QUIT. I would like to discuss poker strategy. — Texas S., Citrus Heights, CA
  • My mom. Ask her all the things that I need her advice on since she passed away. — Kim H., New Ulm, MN
  • Kurt Cobain and ask him what really happened. — Tania P., St. Petersburg, FL
  • I would like to talk to Jesus and ask Him why He puts up with us. — Ann-Marie W., Lewis Center, OH
  • Some people are so smart that I think they have a hard time articulating their thoughts. Prince because his came out in music, obviously, but I would love to hear his viewpoints on life and rising from the ashes. — Nikki G., Oakdale, MN
  • Jon-Benet Ramsey. I would ask her who killed her obviously. — Shannon C., Fort Dodge, IA
  • My dad for advice on life. — Joanne L., Easton, PA
  • My dad. Business changes that have occurred over the last three to four years. He had such wisdom, ingenuity, and great instincts. I’d love to have his thoughts and ideas. — Cindy H., Hixson, TN
  • Matthew McConaughey. — Sohini P., Orlando, FL
  • My grandfather. His life. — Rob G., Dubuque, IA
  • I would spend 15 minutes with my wife. After having our first child, it’s like we never see each other! We’d probably talk about the last time we both got a full night of sleep. — Ben T., Miami, FL
  • I would love to have those 15 minutes with Yeshua or my deceased mother. But for someone alive, I’d like to meet with Warren Buffet. I want to learn his process on choosing investments for the long term to grow generational wealth. — Chris C., Oskaloosa, IA
  • I wouldn’t mind another 15 minutes with my grandparents to tell them about all the stuff going on in my life. — Marc U., Pine Beach, NJ
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ. Discuss how I can be a better person in serving others. — Jeff G., Spring Valley, CA
  • Dead… David Bowie and Prince. Alive… too many people to list. Mostly because I would just want to let certain people know how much they inspired my life and direction or ideas. — Nancy R., Petaluma, CA
  • Kurt Cobain … lots of music stuff. — Jordan F., Baltimore MD
  • If I could have 15 minutes alone in a room with anyone, I would want to spend it with my deceased grandmother. I would hug and lay in her arms, tell her how much I miss and love her, and ask her if she’s happy and at peace. — Keontae M., Royal Oak, MD
  • I would choose the brain dead. DT — Dave S., San Luis Obispo, CA
  • My son and make sure he is alright in paradise. — Caitlin N., Montrose, CO
  • The person responsible for our Byzantine insurance systems, and better solutions… — Matt C., McMinnville, OR
  • J.R.R. Tolkien and I would want to discuss Middle Earth. — Morgan D., Carmi, IL
  • I know this person is not an obvious choice, but I would love to have 15 minutes with Quentin Tarantino. I would talk about his legendary scriptwriting ability. I’d need 15 hours. — Rick R., Girard, PA
  • Leonardo da Vinci. I would discuss his artistic techniques, creative process, and the inspiration behind some of his most iconic works such as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. I would ask if I could take pics of his notebooks where he documented ideas on other subjects beyond painting. — Abe Z., Brooklyn, NY
  • I would talk to my late wife, just to reassure her that I have taken (mostly) good care of the kids. — Pablo M., Atlanta, GA
  • My father. I would tell him how much I miss him and how I have tried to make him proud of me. — Mark P., Orlando, FL
  • Ben Franklin and we would discuss so many wonderful things from bifocals to democracy! — Amie R., Spring Hill, TN
  • Perhaps Julia Gogosha … just to pick her brain and hear some fantastic stories! — Tamara W., Austin, TX
  • Hmm… Tom Ellis a.k.a. Lucifer. I would just stare at him and make him sing! — Amy F., East Brunswick, NJ
  • Honestly, at this point in life I would love an extra 15 minutes with my deceased husband, but as far as famous people I would guess it would be Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Her amazing life would be the topic of discussion. — Chris C., Panama City, FL
  • This maybe a little odd, but Stephon Diggs from the Buffalo Bills. Not just because he is a football player, but he is creating his brand. He appears to be in high fashion, and I just would like to know… who, what where and why? — Jennifer Y., Canandaigua, NY
  • My dad, so I could tell him about his great grandchildren he never met. — Robert L., Jefferson City, MO
  • Always Jesus Christ! — Ron C., The Villages, FL
  • Bryan Adams…my favorite singer. I’d love to hear the stories behind the songs. — Cynthia S., Lewis Center, OH
  • Jesus. I think I would probably want him to lead the discussion. — Scott M., Christiansburg and Salem, VA
  • Matthew McConaughey, life and philosophy, or Ryan Reynolds, same deal. — Steven N., State College, PA
  • My dad. I would discuss anything. — Dorothy R., Fairfield, CT

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