If You Could Bring One Famous Person Back To The Future, Who Would It Be?

Benjamin Franklin

My friend Ben

The title of my post today is actually a blog prompt I received recently and rejected because, well, it just seemed rather pointless. It felt like one of those writing prompts they hand out in high school creative writing classes. (i.e. If you could be any fruit, what would you be?*)

However, having now totally bashed the prompt, I have to say, it stuck with me. Why? Because I have asked myself that question (No need of prompting, thank you!) And the answer is always the same: Benjamin Franklin.


No matter when or where I have this daydream, it’s always Benjamin Franklin.

Why is that!? (And no, I don’t have a thing for Benjamin Franklin!) Why not Amelia Earhart? Why not Gandhi? I like both of them. But no, it’s always my fat friend Benjamin. Sigh…

Anyway, after pondering this oddity of daydreaming for some time, It struck me like a cold hard slap in the face: The reason is, Bewitched. That 1960’s iconic TV show, Bewitched. In the episode entitled “My Friend Ben”, Samantha’s crazy Aunt Clara, in attempting to fix a lamp, accidentally strands Benjamin Franklin in the future. (Little did she know, she stranded him in my daydreams as well.)

So that’s the sad twisted state of my imagination. (Thank goodness I’ve never had an inappropriate daydream about Daren Stevens—either of them!) Ironically, I also realized that whenever I think about going back in time, I end up on Little House On The Prairie. However, once I realize there’s only one indoor toilet in the entire town, it’s back to the future! Besides, it’s much more fun to think about showing Benjamin Franklin all the cool technology we have. I don’t worry about him taking anything back that will change the space-time continuum because, let’s face it, I can show him how to use my iPod, but I certainly can’t show him how to build one.

Look Who's Coming To Dinner!

So, fess up: Who would you bring back, and why?  (*By the way, the answer is apple)


5 thoughts on “If You Could Bring One Famous Person Back To The Future, Who Would It Be?

  1. denisedthornton says:

    I think Ben is a great choice. I would probably pick him too. He was a phenomenally intelligent and curious man, and he could probably handle it


  2. FASTInstructor says:

    Nothing wrong with Ben—but would also consider Sir Isaac Newton, Leonardo DaVinci, Plato, and Pythagorus. WHY? Given the advances in modern technology, it would be amazing to see what these folks could develop now. While Masters Buddha and Jesus may be a no-brainer, an alternative choice might be a sidekick like St Paul (esoteric letters) or St John (visionary).

    For their benefit, it might be compelling to see their reaction to world equality—such as Martin Luther King, Abraham Lincoln, or Thomas of Aquinas.


  3. LJ Metz says:

    So many great ideas… And yes, I do agree that Ben Franklin is awesome, I just wish I had a better reason for picking him than an old episode of Bewitched!


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