From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, February 11, 2008 7:28 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - February 11, 2008


Good Morning . . .


Instead of trying to build newer and bigger weapons of destruction, we should be thinking about getting more use out of the ones we already have.


I missed most of the Grammys last night but it appears Amy Winehouse and Kanye West were the big winners.  What struck me as funny was Herbie Hancock winning album of the year.  Herbie Hancock?  What year IS this, 1983?



1981 - Kelly Rowland (singer)

1980 - Matt Lawrence (actor)

1979 - Brandy (actress, singer)

1977 - Mike Shinoda (musician, vocalist, songwriter)

1969 - Jennifer Aniston (actress)

1963 - Sheryl Crow (singer, songwriter)

1944 - Mary McGonigal (my mother, d. 2006)

1941 - Sergio Mendes (musician)

1940 - Bobby 'Boris' Pickett (singer, d. 2007)

1939 - Gerry Goffin (lyricist)

1937 - Tina Louise (actress)

1936 - Burt Reynolds (actor)

1935 - Gene Vincent (singer, actor, d. 1971)

1926 - Leslie Nielsen (actor)

1925 - Kim Stanley (actress, d. 2001)

1919 - Eva Gabor (actress, d. 1995)

1917 - Sidney Sheldon (novelist, screenwriter, producer, d. 2007)

1847 - Thomas Alva Edison (inventor, d. 1931)



Compelling Explanations

As the home-mortgage industry continued to reel in January from the Countrywide Financial Corp. debacle, a federal bankruptcy judge learned that the company, in at least one case (with others suspected), had not only backdated crucial documents but fabricated them altogether and then told the judge the company was merely trying to be "efficient." A court had approved the recasting of a client's debt to Countrywide in March 2007, closing the case, but the next month, Countrywide "discovered" a way to get extra money and thus created three letters supposedly sent to that client before March 2007. However, Countrywide later acknowledged that the letters were actually written after March 2007 but that making up documents was merely "an efficient way to convey" information.


Least Competent People

It is apparently becoming more difficult to recruit competent suicide bombers in Afghanistan because twice in a two-day period in January, clumsy bombers accidentally blew themselves up before they ever had the chance to take their targets out. One fell down a flight of stairs while on his way to an attack in the town of Khost, and the other's bomb accidentally exploded as he was getting dressed for an assignment in the town of Lashkar Gah (although the latter bomber did take three colleagues with him).


Undignified Deaths

         A 66-year-old millionaire roofing company founder was killed at his home in Rock, Wis., in December when he accidentally fell through the roof of his garage.

         An 18-year-old Amish man was killed in Hustisford, Wis., in October when, working on a construction crew, he came into contact with a high-voltage wire and was electrocuted.

         Inmate Frederick Fretz, 45, serving time for molesting a young boy, died in January in the dining hall at the federal penitentiary in Atwater, Calif., when he choked on a hot dog.



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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