If I could have dinner with any living person in the world, I would pick Barbara Walters. A journalist for the past 50 years, she has had the opportunity to meet, interview and chat with some of the world’s most interesting and intriguing people. Each year since 1993, she has hosted a television special for ABC called “Barbara Walters’ 10 most fascinating people, which has ten people in the news from the past year, from sports, pop culture, entertainment or politics. Barbara interviews these people and makes a decision on who she feels was the most interesting person. I think this is a really unique opportunity Barbara has had, to meet some of the most influential, powerful and famous people over an extended period of time. I would like to hear some of the stories people told her, who she actually found to be interesting, who she found to be somewhat boring, what celebrities had a good sense of humor and who she didn’t like.
Some examples of past winners of Barbara Walters’ most fascinating person of the year are Hillary Clinton (she won three times), Steve Jobs, Karl Rove and Lance Armstrong. We as average citizens see these people fairly regularly in media, being interviewed and quoted. However, I bet Barbara actually has a pretty good idea of what these people are like; which ones are actually nice and which ones are jerks. Public figures usually put on a facade when they are interviewed, and have public relations specialists advising them on what to say and how to craft their image. Barbara Walters is in a unique position where she can actually see what they are like with their guard down as they talk before and after interviews. I think Barbara Walters has some pretty incredible life experiences herself, and would be a neat person to have dinner with, both to hear her story, and hear all the stories she has accumulated from others during her 50 years as a journalist. She interviews serious people like Nelson Mandela and socialites like the Kardashians and always produces interesting television. A nice dinner with Barbara Walters to hear her tales would be an interesting evening to say the least.