One of the "get to know you" questions Travis and I have passed back and forth a couple times now is "If you could pick anyone in the world to have over for dinner, who would it be?"
Limiting it to mortals presently alive - lots of folks have come to mind - historians, musicians, commentators, heroes - maybe the occasional statesman... but in the long view of things, I think it's the geeks that really have groundbreaking unique stories of their own - and who end up passing the most to posterity.
Case in point - Peter Thiel.
This guy keeps coming on my radar, and each time I'm more impressed. I mean...lots of folks once they'd founded a bajillion-dollar business might call it good.
Not him. No -founding a new school paper, getting all lawyery, and then helping start paypal weren't enough. Angeling all kinds of web companies wasn't enough.
This guy doesn't think for next month or next year - he's aiming to help humanity decades if not centuries out - spaceships! biotech! Floating cities!
He not only can think big, not only goes out and does it - he encourages other people to go out and make the world awesome-er.
Twenty under Twenty
(wow - read the bios of some of those kids. Oh my good God. At best, you'll feel like Ceasar to Alexander's bust, I promise. :p)
Anyhow - I'm sure I wouldn't agree with him on everything - but what a mind!
This is a guy I would love to have over for dinner.
(pssst - Hey Peter? Whatcha doing next fall? Wanna go caribou huntin'? I know folks that know folks... and an awesome cook. :p )