From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, November 05, 2007 7:03 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - November 5, 2007


Good Morning . . .


Before a mad scientist goes mad, there's probably a time when he's only partially mad.  And this is the time when he's going to throw his best parties.


One of the main news headlines this morning is that the Hollywood writers are going on strike, the first time since 1988.  Apparently it will primarily affect late-night talk shows and daytime TV (soap operas and talk shows).  On a different note, Saturday Night Live may actually improve!



1970 - Javy Lopez (baseball)

1963 - Tatum O'Neal (actress)

1959 - Bryan Adams (singer, songwriter)

1958 - Jon-Erik Hexum (actor, d. 1984)

1947 - Peter Noone (singer, musician)

1946 - Gram Parsons (singer, songwriter, d. 1973)

1943 - Sam Shepard (actor, playwright)

1941 - Art Garfunkel (songwriter, singer, musician)

1940 - Elke Sommer (actress)

1936 - Billy Sherrill (songwriter, musician)

1931 - Ike Turner (musician, singer)

1913 - John McGiver (actor, d. 1975)

1913 - Vivien Leigh (actress, d. 1967)

1911 - Roy Rogers (actor, d. 1998)

1905 - Joel McCrea (actor, d. 1990)

1900 - Natalie Schafer (actress, d. 1991)

1893 - Raymond Loewy (inventor, engineer, industrial designing, d. 1986)

1885 - Will Durant (author, d. 1981)



Air Safety

Nepal Airlines, which was having technical trouble with one of its two Boeing 757s in August, announced that it had fixed the problem by sacrificing two goats to appease the Hindu sky god Akash Bhairab.


As passengers boarded a Vueling Airlines flight from Madrid, Spain, in June, they noticed that 29 of the 32 rows of seats on one side were out of service, but they could hardly have been comforted by the captain's announcement that "(W)e have a safety problem with the door at the front. Don't worry, it's only a safety problem." (No incidents were reported on the flight.)


People Different From Us

In September, Matt Wilkinson admitted to KGW-TV of Portland, Ore., that he had been in a coma for three days recently and nearly died after he decided to stick his pet Eastern diamondback rattlesnake into his mouth while drinking with some buddies: "Me, being me, I put his head in my mouth." A doctor told the station that Wilkinson barely made it to the hospital in time because his airway had nearly swollen shut from the venomous bites. Wilkinson said that the incident was "kind of" his "own stupid fault."



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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