And I'll clarify that I intend this to be celebrity or semi-celebrity types.
1. John Marshall - He basically set up the separation of powers doctrine as we know it. I'm in complete awe of his mediative ability; that he could come up with a plan that has worked as well as it has, and lasted as long as it has with only occasional bumps. I know there are detractors, and people who think the Judiciary is too powerful, but I also know most of them answer to the word "Congressman."
2. Shaka Zulu - the man took a tribe of 1500 Zulus and in less than 10 years turned it into a nation of over 200,000. His tactics were astounding, to the point that the battles usually were over before they started. I'd love to hear his theories on tactics. interesting tidbit, "Shaka" comes from the word "i'shaka" which means "intestinal parasite," because his parent's marriage wasn't recognized as valid, which made her pregnancy (of him) morally wrong.
3. W. A. Mozart - Brilliant musisian. Party animal. Died too young. 'Nuff said.
4. John Levitow - Lowest ranked airman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor (not posthumously). I understand it affected his life in ways one can't imagine. I'd like to know what pressure comes with being rewarded and immortalized (he has a leadership award named after him in the Air Force) simply for doing his job. That sounds like I'm selling him short... he did his job exceedingly well and saved several lives, acting reflexivly to through an ignited phosphorous bomb out the door of his plane. He didn't set out that day to become a hero, which is what I meant by "simply doing his job." I'd like to hear what it's like to have lived in his shoes.
5. The Pope. I know he's a recent one, but he was a man whose company I can't imagine not enjoying. I'd be intrigued to hear him speak on most topics. Perhaps someday.