From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 8:53 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 10, 2007


Good Morning . . .


When I picked up the little dead mouse that my cat had killed, at first I felt sad.  Then, I felt hungry.  I forget what happened after that.


I'd like to take a moment to pass along my best wishes to a long-time friend, Leon Rebodos, who had emergency open heart surgery late this past week.  A very scary time for family, friends and of course Leon.really makes you appreciate the value of life.  I was able to visit him this weekend, and GOOD news - preliminary indications are that he will be fine.  A bit more information is posted on my website.



1985 - Raven-Symone (actress)

1960 - Kenneth Branagh (actor, director)

1952 - Susan Dey (actress)

1944 - Tisha Sterling (actress)

1941 - Tommy Kirk (actor)

1928 - Dan Blocker (actor, d. 1972)

1924 - Ken Albers (singer, d. 2007)

1914 - Dorothy Lamour (actress, d. 1996)

1913 - Morton Gould (composer, d 1996)

1911 - Chet Huntley (actor, news commentator, d. 1974)

1910 - John Hammond (music producer, d. 1987)

1906 - Harold Adamson (lyricist, d. 1980)

1851 - Melvil Dewey (librarian, cataloguer, d. 1931)

1830 - Emily Dickinson (poet, d. 1886)



News That Sounds Like a Joke

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made a special announcement in October that it is once again safe to eat squirrels in New Jersey. (In January, EPA had discovered lead in tissue samples from local squirrels, but later said the lead might have come from defects in the sampling machine.)


Karl Marx's writings glorifying communism (though Western capitalists regard it as grim and joyless) may well have reflected merely his alienation from society due to a lifelong series of excruciatingly painful boils, according to a recent British Journal of Dermatology article. In an 1867 letter, Marx wrote, "The bourgeoisie will remember my carbuncles until their dying day."


As protesters gathered at colleges around the country to criticize federal budget cutbacks that would raise the price of subsidized birth control at student health services, one University of New Mexico student described the imminent horror to Albuquerque's KFRQ-TV: "(Students shouldn't) have to make a choice between their birth control and their cell phone bill or their birth control and their gym membership ..."



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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