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Ten People I Would Like to Meet

First of all, I must give credit where credit is due. Fellow hubber, Mike Lickteig gave me the inspiration for this hub. He had published Ten Hollywood Celebrities I Want to Meet. I began to ponder which Hollywood celebrities I might like to meet someday and I couldn't necessarily come up with ten Hollywood celebrities but I could come up with ten people I would like to meet, some celebrities, some famous and some well-known in certain circles.

So far in my life, I've really only met a few well-known people, one of which is Christian Fiction author, Roxanne Henke, whom I met at a book signing at our local Barnes & Noble. She was very sweet and down-to-earth and took the time to give me advice for my own writing.

The following is a list of other famous people I would like to someday meet.


Nicholas Sparks

I am intrigued by one of the best-selling writers or our time, Nicholas Sparks. His first novel, The Notebook, granted him instant success. He was what you would call, an overnight sensation. Since his first novel, many of his books have become best-sellers, not only in this country but throughout the world. Several of his books have also become movies, including my favorite book of his, Dear John.

One of the things that intrigues me about him, besides his success, is that he claims he doesn't even enjoy writing. He does it because he's good at it and because it challenges him. A small part of me feels like I can relate. Sometimes I don't think I enjoy writing - I do it because I believe the Lord gave it to me as a gift and I like the aspect of getting information out to other people.

If you would like to know more about the person Nicholas Sparks is, I highly recommend his memoir, Three Weeks with My Brother. He talks about tragedies that have taken place in his family and also dealing with his special needs son whose care he took into his own hands when no one could diagnose him or help him.

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Sarah Palin

I well remember the day John McCain announced his running mate for the 2008 Presidential Election. I was so excited when I heard the news. I couldn't wait to see her speech. I was not disappointed. There was something about her that seemed so real. Like she was one of us. And at the end of her speech when she talked about special needs parents having someone in Washington fighting on their behalf, I had tears in my eyes. That night, the world had been introduced to Sarah Palin. And that world either loved her or hated her.

Personally, I think has been one of the most mistreated people in politics, especially by feminists, liberal media and the entertainment industry. Yes, some of the Tina Fey stuff was funny but the things David Lettermen said about her and her family were not. I was really mystified when the feminists came out swinging at her, afterall, Sarah Palin is a mom, a wife, a governor, she is the epitome of what the feminits think every woman should be. But the reason they hate her? Most likely because she is pro-life.

Sarah Palin is someone who stands by her principles, is not afraid to speak the truth and doggone it, just seems like a darn good woman. And that's why I'd like to meet her.

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Melissa Sue Anderson

One reason I would like to meet Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary on Little House on the Prairie) and not her on-screen sister, Melissa Gilbert is to find out what it was like on the set with Melissa Gilbert. And also to find out what she thought of "America's Sweetheart" getting all of the attention. Of course, little Laura Ingalls was supposed to be the star of the show but what about her older, prettier, smarter sister, Mary?

Personally, I thought Melissa Sue Anderson was one of the best actresses on the show. Especially when she went blind and had to play a blind person. In fact, throughout the whole Little House on the Prairie series, she was the only one to receive an Emmy nomination. She was nominated for her role in one of the most watched episodes of Little House called "I'll Be Waving as You Drive Away." Twenty years after it aired, it was selected by TV Guide as one of the top 100 television episodes of all time.

Since getting married and having children in 1990, Melissa Sue Anderson has done little acting which is another reason I would like to meet her, for putting her family first.


Joni Eareckson Tada

You may not know who she is, but she is one of the most influential people in ministry to those with disabilities. At seventeen years old, a diving accident left Joni a quadriplegic. After getting over the bitterness and resentment, she reached out to God and now at the age of sixty she is known for founding several successful ministries helping the disabled community. Some of these ministries include Wheels for the World  in which she and her team go to impoverished countries and provide wheelchairs for disabled people. She also hosts several family retreats each summer across the country where families who have a member with a disability can relax and have fun and leave feeling restored and refreshed.

She has both a radio program and a televisoin program called Joni and Friends. She has been interviewed by Larry King, has written several books,produced several cd's and most amazingly she does beautiful paintings by putting the paintbrush between her teeth. She truly is an amazing and inspiring woman who I would someday like to meet.

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President George W. Bush

Here's another one that you either love or you hate. Personally, I feel he is one of the best presidents our nation has ever had. The main reason I would like to meet him is to simply shake his hand and tell him Thank You for all he has done. I would especially like to thank him for the stance he took on not using taxpayers money to fund embryonic stem cell research, especially when it was not popular for him to do so. I would also like to thank him personally for keeping us safe from Islamic Terrorists after the attacks on 911 and for not being afraid to call it what it was, which our current president seems afraid to do.

Yes of course I know he made mistakes, which president hasn't? And I know that everyone involved in today's presidential administration likes to blame him for everything that is going wrong but I for one am thankful for the eight years he was the leader and commander in chief of this country.


Elisabeth Hasselbeck

She's beautiful, smart, a mom, a wife, and she is able to put up with Joy Behar. (How she put up with Rosie O'Donell is beyond me). Although she claims to be independent, Elisabeth Hasselbeck often offers the conservative point of view on the show, The View. She has often defended President George W. Bush and the war on terror and is open about her respect for life and that she believes life begins at conception. To me, she is someone who has courage, strength, inner beauty and is not just tough mentally but physically as well. She proved this by placing fourth on Survivor: The Australian Outback in 2001. Although I am not a fan of the show, Survivor, I am a fan of Elisabeth Hasselbeck and would consider it an honor to meet her one day.


Steve Arteburn

Steve Arterburn is the founder of New Life Live!, a radio program that helps Christians deal with some of the issues they are going through. The show has licensed counselors who give advice to each caller. This radio show introduced me to the world of Christian Counseling, something I had never heard of before. While working at a company where I sat in my cube all day looking at a computer monitor, this program became my lifeline. I was going through some very difficult things at this time in my life and the radio program let me know that there were other Christians struggling with some of the same issues. It helped me feel like I wasn't alone.

Besides founding New Life Live!, Steve Arterburn has also written and co-written several books and has also produced several audio Cd's. I like Steve Arterburn because of his transparency, honesty and for being able to speak the truth in love.

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Judge Judy

Judge Judy (Judy Sheindlin) doesn't put up with nonsense and if she thinks someone is lying she'll say something like, "if something doesn't make sense, it's usually not true." Judge Judy is also one of the few reality courtroom judges that doesn't allow anyone to interrupt her and she doesn't tolerate talking out of turn.

Some say she is rude and I have cringed when I've seen her tell people they are stupid. Some of the people that enter her courtroom have low enough self esteem and I don't agree with her doing that. At the same time however, she is truthful. She has been criticized by Judge Wapner, from The People's Court, the first reality court show. He has said, "She is not portraying a judge as I view a judge should act. She;s insulting in capital letters."

No matter how much criticism she receives, I still like her and I think she is fair and just in her rulings and to me, that's what's most important.


Brooke Shields

The reason I'd like to meet this superstar is that even though she is so famous, and has been since her childhood, she just seems so down-to-earth. I recently read an interview about her being a mother and she said when she is with her kids, she wants to be all there for them, she has her cell phone off and doesn't allow any interruptions when she is spending time with them. I love that because so often I see moms with their kids and they spend the whole time either texting or talking on their phone, not paying any attention at all to their kids.

Brooke Shields has no doubt had an interesting life living with her controlling, alcohilc mother who served as her agent and cast her in sexually explicit roles when Brooke was just a teenager. She was also married to tennis star Andre Aggassi and has been a model and a television star as well. In her book, Down Came the Rain,which deals with her bout of postpartum depression, she was very transparent about what she went through. She has also tried her hand at writing children's books as well.

Although super famous, she seems super approachable and I'd be curious to know if she is indeed really like that.


Lindell Cooley

Lindell Cooley was the music minister of Brownsville Assembly of God in Pensacola, Florida for ten years. In 1999, I lived in North Carolina and began listening to Lindell Cooley's music. I often thought about driving down to Florida to attend the church where he was the worship leader. Today, I regret that I never did that when I had a chance.

Lindell Cooley's music really touches my heart and to be in the same room with him leading worship would be awe-inspiring. He was one of the music leaders present during the Brownsville Revival which took place when a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit came upon Brownsville Assembly of God. During the time of this Revival, over 3 million people attended this church and nearly 200,000 people gave their lives to Jesus. Lindell Cooley is now a pastor at Grace Church in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee.

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Comments from upstate, NY on October 28, 2013:

I'm with you about Lindell Cooley. There's a man who knows how to bring in the presence of God and is a revivalist.

Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on June 19, 2013:

Ms. cari Jean I like your article.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 30, 2013:

Interesting list put together, I would like to meet Sarah Palin

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on July 08, 2011:

ruffridyer - President Bush was actually in Fargo, ND on my birthday one year and I so wanted to go just to see him but it was the dead of winter and I had a baby at home so I didn't. Condaleeza Rice would have been a great addition to this list. She seems like an amazing woman and highly intelligent. Thanks for your comment!

ruffridyer from Dayton, ohio on July 06, 2011:

I too think president Bush was a great leader. I never understood why people liked Bill, "my zipper is stuck open," Clinton so much.

I also like Sarah Palin. Sadly every word she says is analyzed for errors even today when she's not running for office.

I would love to meet Condalezza Rice. She seems a strong, passionate woman young girls can look up to, not like Pelosi or Mrs Clinton.

One more thing, I wondered why Melissa Anderson seemed to drop out of sight after Little House.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 30, 2010:

Treasuresofheaven - thanks so much for your comment. Glad to have introduced you to some new people!

Sima Ballinger from Michigan on November 27, 2010:

I really like Elisabeth Hasselbeck, she can carry her own. Beauy and brains! Nice list! Now I know some new people.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on November 23, 2010:

James - thanks for you comment. I agree, Reba McIntire seems really down to earth and I think she would be really friendly if you were to meet her. If I had to choose a country star to meet I think it would be Martina McBride - she's another who seems totally down to earth, sweet and friendly.

james on November 20, 2010:

for me I'd like to meet reba mcintireI really like her singing I'd like to know what she's really likealsoshe seems like she is a real person

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on September 19, 2010:

Elena - thanks for your comment. Yes, dreams do come true and I would be happy if I met just one of them on the list!

Elena from London, UK on September 19, 2010:

This is beautiful. I enjoyed it and will bookmark so I can google more on them individually. So, it's Nicholas Sparks that sparked the Movie: Note Book.

Well, I hope you get to meet them all. Dreams do come true... :)

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on August 12, 2010:

leni sands - Thanks for your comment! Thanks also for including your list! I've listened to a lot of country music so I know who Suzy, Crystal and Loretta are. If they were still alive, I'd love to meet Johnny and June Cash. Even though I do live in the USA, I probably won't meet those on my list, either!

Leni Sands from UK on August 11, 2010:

Great hub! I think my personal 10 would include Melissa Sue Anderson (Mary on Little House on the Prairie) I always loved that show when I was a kid and like you thought she was by far the better actress and I always envied her gorgeous eyes!! I would also include Judge Judy because she is smartand a no-nonense kind of gal. My others would be Suzy Boggus, Joni Harms (Have actually met when she came over to the UK - lovely lady), Crystal Gayle and Loretta Lynn (because I love their music) and Russel Crow (Gladiator) Bruce Willis, Jean Claude Van Dam and the young Clint Eastwood because I love their films. I could add Charles Bronson because I like silent tough guys and could probably go on adding but then most of these people live and work in the USA, I am in the UK and don't envisage being able to visit the USA until I've retired, at least. I well 'I'll see them in my dreams' I guess.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on August 04, 2010:

izettl - thanks for your comment. I would love to read your list - I hope you write it!

L Izett from The Great Northwest on August 03, 2010:

awesome hub and your writing is inspirational. I am inspired to make my own list, but I may have to add one of yours to mine becase I have always been such a Brooke Shields fan and for many of the reasons you mentioned. I thought Down Came the Rain was an extrememly honest account of her post partum depression.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on May 15, 2010:

H P - thank you so much for your incredible comment. I really, truly appreciate it. It's easier for me to be a little more outspoken in my writings, less so in person!

H P Roychoudhury from Guwahati, India on May 15, 2010:

I am fascinated on seeing your profile and your determination to writing even with the sufferings of heart. Your article writing on ten versatile personalities also out spoken your mindset. Remaining amidst the worst economic crisis in US, you did not hesitate to say boldly about President Bush for taking steps to punish the 9/11 terrorists and to protect Americans in spite of strong resentment for economic downfall against him. I appreciate your boldness.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on May 12, 2010:

prowork - thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed it!

prowork from Marietta , Ohio USA on May 11, 2010:

I can agree with some of them lol . I really enjoyed your hub.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 24, 2010:

mwatkins - thanks for your comment. Melissa did a great job of playing a blind person - seemed totally real. It was one of my favorite shows too! We have the whole series on DVD for our daughter to watch.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 24, 2010:

Hey Tony - thanks for your comment. Totally agree with you about Sarah Palin - she is one tough cookie!

mwatkins from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC on April 21, 2010:

Great Hub - I think I would like to meet most of the ten people you chose here - wow! Thanks! I would like to ask Melissa from Little House what it was like to play the role of a blind girl. That was one of my favorite shows!

tony0724 from san diego calif on April 21, 2010:

Way Interesting list. I gotta admit meeting Sarah Palin would be fascinating. She is braver then most of her Republican Brethren as she is out there on the front lines taking all the flak

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 21, 2010:

prasetio30 - Thank you so much for rating this up! I greatly appreciate that as well as your comment. I'm glad you found this interesting and learned about these people.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on April 20, 2010:

I found something interesting from this hub. I am glad to learn form those people. Thanks for share about their profile. Good work, Jean. I rate this Up!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 20, 2010:

fiona_33 - thanks for your comment. President Bush seems like a down-to-earth, regular kind of guy - it would be interesting to see if he is indeed like that.

fiona_33 from UK on April 20, 2010:

Great hub. I too would love to meet Bush to see what he is really like.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 19, 2010:

AARON99 - Thank you so much for your great comment, it is greatly appreciated!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 19, 2010:

billyaustindillon - thanks for your comment. I checked out your profile and your blog - my husband was a stay at home dad as well. I think he misses it at times.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 19, 2010:

Ann Nonymous - Yeah, I guess the people I chose reflect what things are really important to me - didn't think that this hub was going to end up that way but I'm glad it did. It would be great to meet all of these people. Thanks for your comment!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 19, 2010:

Wallpapers - thanks for your comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 19, 2010:

Lady_E - Judge Judy as America's Margaret Thatcher - great thought! Thanks for your comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 19, 2010:

888 author - would have loved to been at your church when Lindell Cooley performed. I just love his passion. Thanks for sharing!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 19, 2010:

itakins - gosh, sorry to bring back bad memories by mentioning Little House. But thanks for your comment!

AARON99 on April 19, 2010:

A great taste of selections and an impressive hub as well. Those are all interesting people and knowing about their life is also very amazing. You have an eye to select some of the great personalities. Well done. Enjoy.

billyaustindillon on April 19, 2010:

A very interesting group and reasons - makes you think yourself who you want to meet - great hub.

Ann Nonymous from Virginia on April 18, 2010:

Great hub, Cari. Reading this hub of yours helps me get to know you more! I hope you get to meet all ten of these people someday! Thanks for sharing your list with us!

Wallpapers on April 18, 2010:

Great People !

Elena from London, UK on April 18, 2010:

Interesting List - some of them are new to me but I would love to meet Judge Judy. I just love that lady. She could have also been America's "Margaret Thatcher".


888 author on April 17, 2010:

Lindell Cooley perform at my church about two years ago. Yes, he is amazing singer, musician, and good pastor.

itakins from Irl on April 17, 2010:

Cari Jean

Nice interesting hub-I'm not familiar with all of the people you chose,but recognise most of them.I loved 'Little house on the prairie'-the down side for me was as soon as it was over on a Sunday pm ,I had to leave home to head back to boarding school-ah memories:)

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 17, 2010:

Ken - I really appreciate your kind comment. Thank you.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 17, 2010:

coffeesnob - speaking of coffee this honey vanilla coffee creamer my husband bought is disgusting! Anyway, sure you can come along! President Bush was actually in Fargo on my birthday one year and I so wanted to go and see him but my little baby girl at home took top priority!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 17, 2010:

Michael Shane - I kept coming up with people who have passed away and I decided I might do a separate hub on that topic. Thanks for your comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 17, 2010:

Pamela99 - I seriously tried to come up with celebrities and famous stars but when it came right down to it I don't think I'd like to meet very many of them! Thanks for your comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 17, 2010:

Hello, hello - thanks for stopping in!

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 17, 2010:

breakfastpop - I think your list would be very interesting as well - I would love to know who you would put on there!

Ken R. Abell on April 17, 2010:

Very interesting list, Cari Jean. It says much about your heart & perspective. Blessings.

coffeesnob on April 16, 2010:


I Like how you think. If you ever get a line up to meet any of these can I go in your suitcase?

Michael Shane from Gadsden, Alabama on April 16, 2010:

Interesting picks & topic! I wouldn't mind meeting a few of these but most of the ones I would like to meet are dead...Thanks for sharing...

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 16, 2010:

You chose an interesting group of people. I thought it was going to be just a list of movie stars which would not be thrilling to me with only a few exceptions. This was very interesting. Good hub

Hello, hello, from London, UK on April 16, 2010:

Very interesting hub. Thank you.

breakfastpop on April 16, 2010:

Interesting group of people. I have to think about the ten people I would like to meet.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 16, 2010:

sheila b. - Yes, isn't Nicholas Sparks fantastic? I know there are a few some people might not know about but I included them anyway. Thanks for your comment.

sheila b. on April 16, 2010:

When I saw you begin with Nicholas Sparks, one of my favorite authors, You had me hooked. I'm not familiar with some of your choices, but the ones I do know about, I also like.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 16, 2010:

Vladimir Uhri - glad you found it interesting. Thanks for your comment.

Cari Jean (author) from Bismarck, ND on April 16, 2010:

ramkkasturi - I'm glad you thought of it as refreshing and a rare gift. You're comments are greatly appreciated.

Vladimir Uhri from HubPages, FB on April 16, 2010:

Thanks for interesting info.

ramkkasturi from India on April 16, 2010:

A very refreshing humane hub. It is one of the rare gifts to the hub pages gang. ... . Thanks


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