Once again, it's lunch time. Virtual lunch, that is.
This is the annual spring edition of "Let's Go To Lunch (with Steve)," the latest offering of our virtual noontime dates with local and national names in the news.
For those who may have not followed this concept that started close to 11 years ago, we head to some of our favorite haunts once in the spring, summer, fall and winter.
In a perfect world, these would be my upcoming lunch companions:
º Bill Connell, Quincy Notre Dame: Until a few days ago, it had been way too long since I had an opportunity to talk with the Raiders' athletic director. I had forgotten how much I always enjoy those conversations. Lunch at: Hy-Vee on Harrison. It's close to QND, and I'm sure neither of us would walk away hungry. I especially enjoy the meatloaf there.
º Alex Trebek, "Jeopardy!" host: Trebek, who is battling cancer, has been my favorite TV host for many years. I would consider it an honor to be able to tell him that in person. Lunch at: Sprout's. I have a hunch Trebek would enjoy a piece of one of Sprout's famous pies. I would suggest lemon meringue.
º Anthony Allen, Hannibal-LaGrange University: Any conversation with the HLGU president is bound to include college football, and that's fine with me. Allen was a standout lineman during his playing days at Duke. Lunch at: The Brick Oven in Hannibal, home of some of the best pizza in the region.
º Tom Selleck, "Blue Bloods": Selleck is my favorite character on one of my favorite TV shows. He seems a perfect fit to play the police chief of New York City. Lunch at: Kelly's. I would suggest an order of the fried mushrooms. They're huge and quite tasty.
º Jim Rubottom, Knapheide Manufacturing: Just recently, I discovered Jim and I both have a sincere love for the national pastime. I'm pretty sure we could talk all day about the Cardinals and Indians. Our lunch would undoubtedly spill over into an eventful afternoon. Lunch at: Red Light Bar and Grill. The relatively new downtown Quincy eatery offers the kind of curly fries that I find irresistible.
º Rod Stewart, greatest singer in the history of the world: My life would probably be complete following an audience with Sir Rod. Lunch at: Zoup! I'm certain there would be a taste or two the soccer rocker would find enticing.
º Matt Ehrhart, Kohl's Wholesale: I would test Matt with a lunchtime quiz, just to see how many of the 10,000 products Kohl's offers that he could name. I'm guessing this would be a long lunch. Lunch at: Tiramisu. I'm pretty sure I'll need some extra loaves of that Tiramisu bread as Matt works his way through that list of 10,000 items.
º Al Roker, NBC weatherman: Al and I both have Ohio roots, and I would guess similar food tastes. Lunch at: The Golden Corral, where I would insist Al samples the chocolate pie.