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If you could interview someone (past or present) one on one who would it be and why?...

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truthiness | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:39 AM via web

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If you could interview someone (past or present) one on one who would it be and why? I'd choose to interview Eric Lander but who would you choose to talk to?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted April 25, 2013 at 12:55 AM (Answer #1)

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There are any number of people I would love to interview.  I would love to interview just about any major figure from history.  I would love to interview many people who had a hand in changing various sports that I am very interested in.  I would love to interview people who lived on the island where I grew up during the earliest days of contact with Europeans and Americans.

However, if I had to pick, I think that I would combine personal and professional interest and interview as many Japanese soldiers as I could who occupied my father’s hometown during World War II.  This would be of great interest to me professionally as a history teacher.  It would be of great personal interest because my father was 5 when the Japanese invaded the Philippines and he doesn’t know much about how things were from an adult point of view.  He has often talked about wishing that he could find Japanese people who occupied the town and talk to them about how things were.  This way, I could have an interview that was interesting to me both personally and professionally.

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