The Allure of Awesome People, Together

Famed college football coach Lou Holtz and TV personality Regis Philbin, serving as grand marshals of Steubenville, Ohio's Dean Martin Day Parade. What do they have in common? Holtz coached football at Notre Dame for 10 seasons — the same school where Philbin received his bachelors degree. i i

hide captionFamed college football coach Lou Holtz and TV personality Regis Philbin, serving as grand marshals of Steubenville, Ohio's Dean Martin Day Parade. What do they have in common? Holtz coached football at Notre Dame for 10 seasons — the same school where Philbin received his bachelors degree.

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Famed college football coach Lou Holtz and TV personality Regis Philbin, serving as grand marshals of Steubenville, Ohio's Dean Martin Day Parade. What do they have in common? Holtz coached football at Notre Dame for 10 seasons — the same school where Philbin received his bachelors degree.

Famed college football coach Lou Holtz and TV personality Regis Philbin, serving as grand marshals of Steubenville, Ohio's Dean Martin Day Parade. What do they have in common? Holtz coached football at Notre Dame for 10 seasons — the same school where Philbin received his bachelors degree.

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Every once in a while, during our morning meetings filled with constant brainstorming, we'll make connections between a few different news events. They don't all have to occur on the same day — like the abundance of massive flooding in North Dakota and killer twisters that ravaged much of the South, yet they share a common thread.

Some of these ideas eventually become the shows you hear everyday. At times, we'll make those connections with prominent people we would love to book for our program. For instance, in a meeting a few weeks ago, someone brought up a story in the world of soccer: FIFA president Sepp Bladder has appointed opera star Placido Domingo to his "council of wisdom," an effort to restore FIFA's reputation. And Henry Kissinger — THE Henry Kissinger also suggested he's be willing to join the ranks.

Wait, what? Yeah, I had that reaction, too. "What do those two men, as respected as they are in their own fields, know about futbol?" Perhaps a lot, and maybe we're all learning something new here. When an announcement of this size happens, sometimes it takes a photo in order to believe it. I haven't found one just yet of this new "Super Friends of Soccer" group of sorts.

But I stumbled upon a new single-subject Tumblr blog the other day that displays images of seemingly mismatched, yet possible creative forces to be reckoned with: Awesome People Hanging Out Together. The concept of the site is pretty self-explanatory and simple: It's a collection of photos capturing popular and influential people in the world on-camera, either posing for the picture or in mid-conversation with one another.

What's even more interesting is that when you recognize the subjects in the pictures, there's that sense of "WHOA." My mind was flooded with questions when I first saw this photo of Steve Jobs and Bill Gates chatting in a place that resembles a room in a castle, looking very deep in conversation.

What did they ask each other? What did they talk about? Any laughs? Any jabs?

And then there are some photos that give insight into history that a textbook may never tell you. For instance, there's this one from fifty years ago of Marlon Brando and Paul Newman at a civil rights rally in Sacramento.

So, what is it about seeing people we deem "awesome" in the same time and place together, breathing the same air, sharing (or debating) worldly topics and everyday small talk? Do we hope they will make the world a better place? Would we like to know what happens next? I suppose this end result is different in everyone's mind. Yet we can walk away knowing Frederick Barnard's famous quote lives on: "A picture is worth a thousand words."

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