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Andrew of Ware, England
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1. The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus.

2. The Oval Cricket Ground, 29th August, 1882. (As long as I was not the one who died through excitement or the one who chewed through the handle of his brolly.)

3. Athens in its pomp.

4. The Tower of London, 1485, to prove that Richard III did murder those dear little princes (or at least order them to be killed).

5. York in 1472. The Minster has just been completed and the city would be bedecked in churches and monasteries galore.

6. The Battle of Hastings, 1066.

7. The trenches of france, 1916. (Something I feel I should experience.)

8. The Dambusters Raid.

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Pogue Ma-humbug
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quote:
Originally posted by Signora Del Drago:
Ireland before "The Troubles."

So, when is this period?

Pogue

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Nirvana at the Opera House in Toronto -- their first concert after Nevermind was released.

Alas, I was 14 at the time, and a Pentecostal, so it was not meant to be.

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Signora Del Drago
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quote:
Originally posted by Pogue Mahone:
quote:
Originally posted by Signora Del Drago:
Ireland before "The Troubles."

So, when is this period?

Pogue

Way, way, way back. Before the division. Come to think of it, I suppose even in the time of Brian Boru and before there was trouble, as there was and still is all over the world, but I think you know what I meant - before the "Troubles," not before there was trouble - the Ireland of my dreams. This is, after all, a fantasy thread, so let me imagine.

Edited to add quote because Canuckie posted between Pogue and me. [Wink]

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"Me too" on the moon landing.

Star Wars episodes 4-6 in a theater, when they were first released.

Jimmy Hendrix, Zed Zepplin, and Pink Floyd concerts.

A meeting of the Homebrew Computer Club circa 1976.

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frogpond
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I'd like to have seen the Alexandrian Library!

Also, I'd love to have seen dinosaurs - wonder what colors they were?

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dewey
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I wish that I had gone to Woodstock with my friend.

I wish that I had seen that Robertson Davies was giving a book reading in Boston shortly before he died. I would have gone to that.

I still wish that I could take a Linguistics course at MIT from Noam Chomsky.

I'm glad I went to a lecture by Hunter Thompson before he died.

dewey

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serarose
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- Nick Cave in concert (haven't been able to see him yet)

- Dorothy Parker at the Algonquin Round Table

-Marie Antoniette at Versailles circa 1775

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DadOf3
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Oooh, good one, dewey, I hadn't thought of book readings! I'd have loved to have heard Charles Dickens reading A Christmas Carol.

There are tons of performances I'd love to have seen besides the ones I named: Louis Armstrong, Johnny Cash, Rosemary Clooney, Nat "King" Cole, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, The Eagles, Sinatra, U2 ... my musical tastes are rather ecclectic, aren't they? Besides music, there'd be Martin & Lewis, Abbott & Costello, Laurence Olivier in any Shakespearean play, and a host of others.

I'd also have loved to have seen plays and movies before they were well-known. It would have been great to have seen Psycho without knowing all the twists long before I saw it. Or Casablanca, Citizen Cane, or The Maltese Falcon. It would have been great to see plays like The Music Man, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Chorus Line, Cats, and Les Miz before knowing half the songs and having a good idea what was coming.

And events! Monteray Pop, Woodstock, Chicago World's Fair, Paris World's Fair. (I remember watching the moon landing though. That was amazing.)

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Tootsie Plunkette
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The coronation of Napoleon (and I'd want to be in the David painting, too).

The specific day or days in the early 1600's in England and the early to mid 1800's in Sweden when my various ancestors decided to emigrate. I'd like to know more about why each person or family group made their decisions.

For that matter, the day in April 1870 when my great-grandfather's first wife and their two children drowned in the Minnesota River near Carver. I want to know how it happened.

Any of the Marx Brothers' vaudeville or Broadway shows. And Jolson in his prime.

The writing of the Constitution of the United States of America, and the Bill of Rights. There are some questions I'd like to ask.

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jw
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I've only interrupted this thread until now, so here goes;

The end of WWII in 1945. (The relief would sustain a generation)

Martin Luther King's speech in Washington in 1963.(Words fail me to measure the significance)

Brazil v Italy 1970, 4-1 at the Mexico world cup
(As a ten year old I was allowed to stay up to watch it on TV - what would it have been like to watch it live?)

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Lydia Oh Lydia
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I really like this thread. I think to more than half of the suggestions, I've thought "me too." Here are my additions.

-my parents when they were young

-the building of the pyramids in Egypt

-some of the speeches or lectures of Socrates

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kch8021
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My things are on a more personal level.

I wish I could meet my Grandfather, he left my Grandmother with 5 kids, in 1930. I want to see if he is the bastard everybody says he was. His name was Walter Kuzens, he was born 1894, in Lithuania. If somewhere out there, knows where he is buried, let me know. Email is bl76km81@aol.com

I wish I could go back, and encourage my mother to leave my father when I went into the Army. He was abusive, and maybe leaving him would extended he life, at the very least she would have had 8 years of peace, she died in 1981 of a heart attack. I miss her.

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Sister Ray
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quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
quote:
Originally posted by Towknie:
The landing at Roswell, NM

I knew (RIP) someone who was there...

For me, one such "coulda" moment was in college, we were going to see this band in bar in Tulsa that people said would be going places. I decided it was not worth it, and so the whole trip didn't happen.

The band was U2. In a bar. In Tulsa.

Back in 1983, my aunt Patricia got U2 tickets, and invited a friend to go. He declined, because there was another concert he wanted to go to that night. His quote - "Why do I have to go see a stupid band that will last five minutes when I could go see Def Leppard?"

My wishes.

The Red Sox in 1967.

All my favorite jazz musicians at their prime, with emphasis on Grant Green, Charlie Parker, and Miles Davis.

Chaucer's time, so I can make him tell me a story.

One of Dylan Thomas' poetry readings.

Sister "and maybe something else later" Ray

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Unusual Elfin Lights
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I would have liked to see our first daughter being born.

I would have liked to see my University graduation convocation.

Away from the personal ones:

- the surrender of Louis Riel. (the creation of a hero/villain)
- the rift between WLM King and GG Byng. (the establishment of Canadian interests versus monarchial interests)
- the House of Commons for the declaration of war on 10 Sep 1939. (the biggest step towards full nationhood)

Those are the things that I think would have an impact on my life, rather than just be interesting.

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First of Two
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quote:
Originally posted by Signora Del Drago:
quote:
Originally posted by Pogue Mahone:
quote:
Originally posted by Signora Del Drago:
Ireland before "The Troubles."

So, when is this period?

Pogue

Way, way, way back. Before the division. Come to think of it, I suppose even in the time of Brian Boru and before there was trouble, as there was and still is all over the world, but I think you know what I meant - before the "Troubles," not before there was trouble - the Ireland of my dreams. This is, after all, a fantasy thread, so let me imagine.

Edited to add quote because Canuckie posted between Pogue and me. [Wink]

I think the correct answer may be "before the Irish." [Wink]

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First of Two
The Bills of St. Mary's


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I'm gonna start recently and go back farther than anyone else (I think) and say:

The Moon Landings.
The first A and H bomb tests.
Tunguska.
The dinosaur-killer.
The impact that formed the Moon.
Solar Ignition.
The Big Bang.
The Singularity just before the Big Bang.

Okay, so I like explosions.

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Faith
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I would like to have seen the inside of Studio 54 with Minneli, Halston, Chic, Bianca Jagger et al at its decadent height.

Also, Hollywood in the 20s/30s - just to wander around amongst the various backlots, watching the stars and the film Industry during its most exciting period.

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Zekaille
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Thanks for starting this thread...I'm getting all teary eyed just reading it.

My wish list includes a lot that's already on here, but what the hey-

Personal Stuff:

-I would have paid more attention to a lot of the things I did with my parents--traveling out west and so on. Now I'm trying to put together itineraries of what we did and where we went and I can't remember it all.

-My maternal grandparents' first meeting and to talk to my grandmother who died three years before I was born. (My mother was convinced that I might be her reincarnation.)

-My parent's first and second date. The way my mother told it, they were both a laugh riot.

Debated Mysteries:

-I'd want to be a fly on the wall the day the murders took place at the Borden Household in Fall River

-Likewise, I would like to be able to get into the cab with Judge Crater just to learn what his fate was. (I want to get OUT of the cab alive, well, and whole, BTW)

-Dudleytown, CT, in its heyday before the "curse" turned it into a ghost town

History:

-I'd like to see/hear Helen Keller's speaking engagements and I would like to shake Annie Sullivan's hand.

-Florence Nightengale in action. (She was my hero lo those many years ago.)

-Ditto Clara Bow.

-The Continental Congress putting together the Declaration


-Ida B. Wells addressing any and all kinds of injustice.
-Rosa Parks' refusal to go to the back of the bus.

Arts and Entertainment:

-I'd like to have attended a meeting of the Inklings and heard C.S. Lewis reading from the Narnia books.

-The premier of Pictures at an Exhibition.

-Any reading given by M.R. James

-Mary Martin on Broadway in The Sound of Music or
South Pacific. Ethel Merman in Gypsy. (I saw Bernadette Peters, and she was great, but she just wasn't Ethel.)

And oh, so many more that will occur to me after I log off.

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Penny
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I'd like to go back and see Flanders and Swann performing live.

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Secretariat's Belmont race. There just aren't horses like that anymore.

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concerts:
Ramones at CBGBS
Talking Heads concert that was made into the film Stop Making Sense
Ziggy Stardust


other stuff:

Vivenne Westwood and Malcom Mclaren's Sex Shop
Andy Warhol's art exhibitions (with him present)

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quote:
Originally posted by First of Two:
I'm gonna start recently and go back farther than anyone else (I think) and say:


The Singularity just before the Big Bang.

Okay, so I like explosions.

Where would you place yourself?

I think that one would be beyond even your powers!

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U.T. Raptor
Jingle Bell Hock


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The megafauna circa the last ice age. So many interesting animals wiped out so recently...

Also dinosaurs.

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bthyb
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I also would like to see a castrati perform (stolen from Joe Bentley) and I'd like to see the White City of the Chicago Worlds Fair as well (stolen from Beachlife).

I'd like to see the following bands perform in their prime:

* The Doors
* The Talking Heads
* INXS (Because I had the chance in HS but my parents wouldn't let me go, and I'm still miffed.)
* Buddy Holly

And I'd like to have hung out at Andy Warhol's factory at least once, and gotten into Studio 54 in its heyday.

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Delia Darrow
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The contents of the Library at Alexandria (intact)

The death of Julius Caesar

The Missoula Floods

John Lennon performing 'Imagine' and 'Give Peace a Chance'

The events upon which the book of Exodus is based

The activities of the cat-burglar in my house last spring

and, uh, D. Duchovny's most uninhibited sexual performance. WooHoo!

Oh, the shame...

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quote:
Originally posted by Christie:
The Beatles in concert at the height of Beatlemania.

Me too. I would have liked to have met John and George one last time.


quote:
Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus Christ.

That too.

I would like to see who really killed the Lindbergh baby.

I'd like to see the walls fall down in Jericho.

The parting of the Red Sea.

Jesus healing the ten lepers

Jesus walking on water

The star of Bethlahem

Lot's wife turn into a piller of salt

Who really makes those crop circles.

Billy Holiday singing "Strange Fruit".

Amelia Earhart disappearing, so I'd know what happened.

What really happened to Marilyn Monroe

The Beatles singing in top of Apple studios.

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Lady Moon
Jingle Bell Hock


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Woodstock 1969. (Just dont drink the water or use the ice)

The Enola Gay returning to Saipan August 6 1945.

Titanic as she set off on her maiden voyage.

Jesus' crucifixion and the wonderful Sunday afterward.

the WTC towers in person.

Lady "many more, but not out to write a book" Moon

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DAnnino
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quote:
Originally posted by Lady Moon:

the WTC towers in person.


Years ago, I was in NYC, and near the WTC towers, with time to take the elevator to the observation deck, and I didn't do it. Now, I won't be able to truly duplicate the experience.

I'd have loved to have been in Boston when the Sox won the Series in '04, or at any of the three Patriots Super Bowl wins.

In history, I'd have loved to have watched any one of Caesar's battles from a good vantage point.

And, I'd have loved to have been in the room when Gene Roddenberry pitched Trek to the suits at NBC.

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