Good Morning . . .
One thing kids like is to be tricked. For instance, I was going to take my nephew to Disneyland, but instead I drove him to an old burned-out warehouse. "Oh no," I said, "Disneyland burned down." He cried and cried, but I think that deep down he thought it was a pretty good joke. I started to drive over to the real Disneyland, but it was getting pretty late.
DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA BearsDaBearsDaBearsDaBearsDaBears! After 21 years the Chicago Bears return to the Superbowl! I'm fighting quite the victory hangover right now but at least it's a "happy" one! Two weeks until the big game.
FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, January 22nd
1987 - Robyn Richards (soap actress)
1981 - Willa Ford (singer)
1965 - Diane Lane (actress)
1960 - Michael Hutchence (singer)
1959 - Linda Blair (actress)
1949 - Steve Perry (singer)
1940 - John Hurt (actor)
1935 - Sam Cooke (singer)
1934 - Bill Bixby (actor)
1932 - Piper Laurie (actress)
1909 - Ann Sothern (actress)
1875 - D.W. Griffith (film producer and director)
1561 - Francis Bacon (philosopher and writer)
Doug Milliken was elected treasurer of Colorado's Arapahoe County in November on a promise to help families protect their property from foreclosure (Colorado had the country's highest foreclosure rate for most of last year). However, on Nov. 6, Milliken, himself, was served foreclosure papers that cited debt of $253,624 on his home.
California's Golden State Fence Co., which has a contract to build part of the United States' immigrant-impeding barrier on the Mexican border, agreed in December to pay fines totaling nearly $5 million because it had been employing illegal aliens.
University of California, Irvine, professor Elizabeth Loftus, a prominent scholar on people's overconfidence about memory, was turned down by the judge as an expert witness in November in the forthcoming trial of "Scooter" Libby (Vice President Cheney's former assistant, who has been charged with lying to prosecutors about phone conversations, which Libby says weren't lies but just forgetfulness). At a hearing on Loftus' credentials, prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald not only exposed some problems with her research but elicited from Loftus the confident assertion that the two had never before met. However, Fitzgerald then immediately refreshed Loftus' memory, reminding her that he had cross-examined her in court once before.
As a reminder, my reason for sending this is to help keep communication lines open between friends while hopefully adding a bit of levity to the day. Back issues are available in the Deep Thoughts section of my website. Have a great week!
*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd's "News of the Weird", available at www.newsoftheweird.com)
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