The question If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead...
needs revision. It should now read: If you could take three people to Melrose for Tuesday night trivia, who would they be? At the top of the list: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Vanderbilt's 2009 Senior Day Speaker.
Goodwin is America's preeminent presidential historian (eat that, David McCullough). As the author of a Pulitzer-prize winning book on FDR and 2005's Lincoln-centric Team of Rivals
, Goodwin is a mortal lock for any U.S. history question. Add in the fact that she wrote a memoir about her childhood love of the Brooklyn Dodgers and you have yourself a true double-threat.
Goodwin's May 7th talk to Vandy seniors and their families won't be open to the public. But the university says they hope to put it up on YouTube. No word on her post-speech plans. Pith will be hanging around 8th Avenue, just in case.