I posted this on the MVPN forums first but decided to put it on my blog in case anyone else wanted to chime in. :)
Pagans and magic practitioners alike have some very intriguing, innovative, and (in)famous elders. They've inspired us with their rhetoric and ritual. They've given their lives to helping others. They've taught others, authored books, and made the occult more acceptable and understandable. They've bastardized cultural practices and pantheons. They've founded some of the most beautiful traditions in modern religion. They've been saints and sex-addicts. Whatever you feel about Gardner, Crowley, Starhawk, Z. Budapest, Cunningham, Buckland, Bonewits, Erynn Rowan Laurie, Diana Paxson, or any of the other people we can't stand and look up to... You can't help but admit that they've helped to shape modern Paganism.
If you could meet any Pagan elder, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you talk about? Would you laud them or slap them? Or both?