Who Would You Prefer as the Lotusphere 2011 OGS Guest Speaker?

Having already admitted on twitter this evening that I am not a Star Trek fan (come on I can’t be the only one!).  I think you all know though that I am a huge Seinfeld fan.  So considering that these four gentleman have already appeared on stage at a Lotusphere OGS
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Who from this group would be your choice to speak at the Lotusphere 2011 OGS?
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Post a comment* with your vote: Seinfeld or Star Trek? Which Character? *No your vote and this post has no actual bearing on who will be the OGS speaker at Lotusphere.

25 Responses to Who Would You Prefer as the Lotusphere 2011 OGS Guest Speaker?
  1. Duffbert
    October 19, 2010 | 8:05 am

    I’ll take a stab at it… Let’s see if Ray Ozzie is available… “History and future of Notes”

  2. Martijn de Jong
    October 19, 2010 | 8:18 am

    I would also go for Ray Ozzie. It seems he might have a little more time at hand these days…

    If I have to choose Seinfeld or Star Track, can’t we have Brent Spiner (Commander Data) or Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine)?

  3. Chris Toohey
    October 19, 2010 | 8:19 am

    Gotta go with Duff on this one, Ozzie on stage would be epic: “prodigal father” and what-have-you…

  4. Mitch Cohen
    October 19, 2010 | 8:29 am

    Ray Ozzie is kind of how this whole conversation got started last night { Link }

  5. Handly Cameron
    October 19, 2010 | 8:29 am

    You are missing the obvious one. Project Vulcan anyone?

  6. jake
    October 19, 2010 | 8:35 am

    I’ll take JLD -she’s got “shiksappeal!”

  7. Andy Donaldson
    October 19, 2010 | 8:39 am

    Optimus Prime for OGS speaker! Or Dale Jr.

  8. Scott Harcourt
    October 19, 2010 | 8:55 am

    I see Scott Bakula up there, Quantum Leap!

  9. Luis Guirigay
    October 19, 2010 | 10:18 am

    I’d go with Jerry Seinfeld.

  10. Brian Labelle
    October 19, 2010 | 10:34 am

    Ray Ozzie or Newman…

  11. Karl-Henry Martinsson
    October 19, 2010 | 10:38 am

    Leonard Nimoy or Ray Ozzie.
    Or if IBM want a more unconventional speaker, who can talk about team work and collaboration: Richard Marcinko.

  12. Maria Helm
    October 19, 2010 | 11:46 am

    If we have to pick from the above, Scott Bakula . I agree that Ray Ozzie would be a coup.

    Why limit ourselves to old shows, though. Why not Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle)? Adam Baldwin (Chuck)? Or – pretty much anyone – from Fringe?

  13. Mike McGarel
    October 19, 2010 | 1:37 pm

    I vote for with Wil Wheaton. He has both geek and blogger credentials.

  14. Luis Benitez
    October 19, 2010 | 1:57 pm

    Mitch, I’m with ya.. I’m not a Star Trek fan, so I’ll take Jerry S

  15. Chris Whisonant
    October 19, 2010 | 2:51 pm

    @7 rofl git ‘er done! 😉

    Mitch, Scott Bakula would be a really good choice actually. Not only is there the Trekkie association and Quantum Leap (old shows) but he’s also had a cool recent role in Chuck! (Actually, the Chuck theme song is my ringtone lol)

    But in all honesty, unless we went with some actors from the recent Trek movie (which was GREAT!), they’re all from older shows and may not have done much recently (is this the image we want to portray with Notes? haha). I think Julia Louis-Dreyfus would be pretty good for a closing session, but maybe not for OGS.

    Also, I’m interested to see if they will capitalize more on Vulcan. There’s only one route to go with that, however LS10 would have been the ideal time to have Nimoy when the project was unveiled.

  16. Roger Lim
    October 19, 2010 | 3:00 pm

    Of course I’d have to go with Star Trek. I regret missing ‘all the above’ guest speakers.

    As for character, I hope for Leonard Nimoy. From the above list, I am also good with Kate Mulgrew. As Capt. Janeway, she has alot of Kirk in her.. with both their ‘shoot to kill’ diplomacy.

  17. Tim Tripcony
    October 19, 2010 | 5:07 pm

    I second the vote for Wil Wheaton. A few years ago he gave the best keynote speech I’ve ever heard.

  18. Roy Rumaner
    October 19, 2010 | 6:48 pm

    I have to agree with Karl-Henry, Richard Marcinko would be awesome but he might scare the hell out of some people. That man killed people for a living as a part of Seal Team 6.

    Scott Bakula would be really cool too.

  19. Keith Brooks
    October 19, 2010 | 9:52 pm

    Was thinking more along Space:1999, Martin landau is out there.
    But I vote for Julia Louis Dreyfuss.
    Although the guys from mythbusters would be cool.

  20. Thomas
    October 20, 2010 | 10:09 am

    Ray Ozzie is the only right answer! Forget everyone else….

  21. George Paglia
    October 20, 2010 | 10:32 am

    Now that Ray has announced he’s leaving Microsoft, I say Ray.

    How about closing? Why not Ray Ozzie for opening and Rachael Ray for closing (Alton Brown was excellent a few years back)? Ray & Ray (slightly corny but why not?)

  22. Rob Novak
    October 21, 2010 | 12:29 am

    Considering that:

    a) Any of the Seinfeld characters might cause a decrease in the quantity of coffee or quality of lunch due to the speaker fee

    b) Kate may be awesome but relatively unknown to many who did not follow the franchise beyond TNG

    c) Scott, while awesome, has not had recent work

    I vote for – with a sentimental nod to Nathan Fillian for Firefly, Serenity, Dr. Horrible and Castle – and acknowledgment of his speaker fee being in the league of the Seinfeld folks…

    Neil. Patrick. Harris. (Reference: Harold & Kumar: Guantamano Bay)

    I would personally put $5 bills in a can for Starbucks coffee and pay for own my lunch if that happened. It would be legen..wait for it…

  23. Rob Novak
    October 21, 2010 | 12:30 am


  24. Chris Whisonant
    October 22, 2010 | 9:39 am

    @22 – Scott was in the past 2 seasons of Chuck. See my previous comment. 🙂

  25. Howard Shevitz
    November 22, 2010 | 4:09 pm

    I think Jerry would be the most fun!