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Staff Sound-Off May 2016

We asked the staff at The Group Travel Leader: “If you could have lunch with any figure from American history, who would it be, and what would you ask them?” Find out the who their American idols are below!


“It may sound cliche, but I would love to have a meal with George Washington. I would pick his brain about leadership, courage and sacrifice, and ask him how he found the strength to go to war against the world’s greatest power — and win.”

— Brian Jewell, Executive Editor

“I’d like to have lunch with Winslow Homer, the 19th-century American watercolor painter who did primarily maritime scenes. I remember staring at “The Gulf Stream” in grade school and pondering the fate of that lone sailor for hours. I have a framed copy of “Breezing Up” in the guest room at our lake house. Winslow Homer became my favorite American painter in that grade school classroom and remains so to this day.”

— Mac Lacy, Publisher


“Amelia Earhart. I would ask her, ‘Where the hell have you been?'”

— Stacey Bowman, Director, Advertising Sales

“If I could dine with a famous, historic American, my pick would be Mary Todd Lincoln. I did my thesis on her in college and was intrigued, not only by the controversy surrounding her life, but also by what a strong and knowledgeable woman she was. I would love to hear her story and her thoughts, especially about her relationship to many famous Kentuckians of the time and her hushed courtship with Lincoln.”

— Ashley Ricks, Circulation Manager


“I would choose Mark Twain because if I’m going to have lunch with an influential figure from history, I want them to be entertaining. Mark Twain’s famous wit would definitely ensure a lively lunch. I would ask him to talk about which parts of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” were inspired by real events.”

— Eliza Myers, Online Editor