From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, April 14, 2008 8:04 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - April 14, 2008


Good Morning . . .


It's sad that a family can be torn apart by something as simple as a pack of wild dogs.


I'd like to take a brief moment to welcome my sister back to the Chicagoland area, where she hasn't lived since 1993.  Her family officially moved from Long Beach, California to Barrington IL last week.  Fortunately they chose to move after the major snow, but hey it's springtime in Chicago . . . so anything can happen!



1996 - Abigail Breslin (actress)

1977 - Sarah Michelle Gellar (actress)

1961 - Robert Carlyle (actor)

1960 - Brad Garrett (actor)

1945 - Ritchie Blackmore (guitarist)

1941 - Pete Rose (baseball)

1941 - Julie Christie (actress)

1935 - Loretta Lynn (country singer)

1925 - Rod Steiger (actor, d. 2002)

1904 - Sir John Gielgud (actor, d. 2000)

1629 - Christiaan Huygens, (astronomer, d. 1695)



Adventures in Democracy

In January, the parents of Carroll County (Md.) Board of Education candidate Draper Phelps, 28, obtained a protective stay-away order against their son, marking the third consecutive year they felt they needed one. (Phelps lost in the February primary.)


In February, at a polling place in Chicago's 42nd Ward (according to a Chicago Tribune report), one election judge (a woman in her 30s) was charged with battery for punching another election judge (a woman in her 50s) in the face.


Brian Sliter, 42, announced in March his candidacy for mayor of Wilmer, Texas, notwithstanding his 2004 arrest (resulting in probation) for trying to arrange a tryst with an underage girl.



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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