I found Gaku Homma sensei a very interesting man.
Firstly, his dojo in Denver is an almost magical place to me. A little slice of Japan in a real bad neighborhood. I remember staying there during seminars and I would get up in the middle of the night and go down and sit on the mat and stare at the kamiza. The place had this feel to it that I can only describe as "spiritual air conditioning" hehe. I remember Homma sensei inviting us into the kitchen area to sit and drink sake with him and I remember when he told us the story of how Steven Segal got his Godan rank lol. He always compared Aikido to fried rice; everyone makes theirs with a little different ingredients.