From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, October 15, 2007 9:23 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - October 15, 2007


Good Morning . . .


When I think of all the arguments Marta and I have had, I realize how silly most of them were.  And it makes me wonder why she wanted to argue over such stupid things.  I think I'll go ask her.


Seems like it was just a year ago when yours truly was included in the "famous birthdays" section . . . but my 42nd falls on Tuesday this year, so I'm resigned to passing along my own birthday wishes in this intro.  Please, no expensive gifts are necessary!



1969 - Vanessa Marcil (actress)

1959 - Sarah Ferguson ('Fergie': Duchess of York)

1959 - Emeril Lagasse (chef)

1953 - Tito Jackson (singer)

1950 - Chris de Burg (singer)

1946 - Richard Carpenter (musician, composer, singer, TV Host)

1945 - Jim Palmer (baseball)

1942 - Penny Marshall (actress, director)

1938 - Marv Johnson (singer, d. 1993)

1937 - Barry McGuire (singer, songwriter)

1937 - Linda Lavin (actress)

1926 - Jean Peters (actress, d. 2000)

1924 - Lee Iacocca (mechanical engineer, automobile executive)

1920 - Mario Puzo (novelist, d. 1999)

1917 - Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. (historian, d. 2007)

1913 - David Carroll (musician, conductor, arranger)

1908 - John Kenneth Galbraith (economist, d. 2006)

1900 - Mervyn LeRoy (director, d. 1987)

1844 - Friedrich Nietzsche (philosopher, d. 1900)



Doctor, Doctor!
In September, prominent California cardiologist Maurice Buchbinder had his privileges revoked at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla after he allegedly roughed up an unruly angioplasty patient during and immediately after the procedure. Buchbinder was so irritated by the patient's combativeness that he even (according to witnesses interviewed by state medical licensing officials) delivered a pair of what could be described as "Three Stooges" moves: bopping the patient in the head with the tip of his elbow and twisting the patient's nose until it turned "bluish."


Cutting Edge Turtle Science

Endangered! Biologists who have been studying "Lonesome George," the sole survivor of a species of Galapagos Island tortoises, told Reuters News Service in July that they are skeptical he will ever mate, even though he may live another 100 years. After so many abortive attempts to pair him with a female (even having randy young male and female tortoises demonstrate mating for him), they say George remains totally uninterested.  And in Australia, a turtle species named in 1990 for Steve Irwin is now thought to be growing endangered, according to an Australian Associated Press dispatch in August. The "Elseya irwini" is one of a few turtles that respirate through their excretory openings.



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!


Bryan McGonigal


*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd's "News of the Weird", available at



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