From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, May 19, 2008 7:28 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - May 19, 2008


Good Morning . . .


During the Middle Ages, probably one of the biggest mistakes was not putting on your armor because you were "just going down to the corner."


Though our lawn is under control, the battle vs. the weeds will be in full swing at our house this week.  It's always amazing where and how fast these things pop up!     



1976 - Kevin Garnett (basketball)

1964 - Kyle Eastwood (musician, son of Clint Eastwood)

1956 - Steve Ford (actor)

1952 - Grace Jones (singer, model, actress)

1951 - Joey Ramone (musician, d. 2001)

1949 - Archie Manning (football)

1946 - Andre the Giant (wrestler, actor, d. 1993)

1945 - Peter Townshend (musician)

1941 - Nora Ephron (director, screenwriter)

1939 - Francis Scobee (Commander of space shuttle Challenger, d. 1986)

1939 - Nancy Kwan (actress)

1939 - James Fox (actor)

1935 - David Hartman (TV host)

1934 - James Lehrer (journalist)

1930 - Lorraine Hansberry (playwright, d. 1965)

1925 - Malcolm X  (nationalist and civil rights activist, d. 1965)

1919 - Georgie Auld (musician, d. 1990)

1906 - Bruce Bennett (actor, d. 2007)

1890 - Ho Chi Minh (North Vietnamese leader, d. 1969)

1501 - Anne Boleyn (English Queen, d. 1536)



People Different From Us

In April, police in East Hampton, Conn., investigating the accidental shooting of ex-Marine Joseph Simonelli, 60, by his 9-year-old son, seized "dozens of unsecured guns and mounds of loose ammunition" from the home, according to the Hartford Courant, which contained a "wide-open, chock-full gun cabinet in the boy's bedroom (with) numerous rifles and knives strewn about the room." According to police, bullet casings and live rounds lay "throughout the house," and the walls of the boy's bedroom bore "numerous small holes (made by a) bb/pellet gun or even small-caliber (.22) rounds being shot inside the home." The boy told police that he "usually" only shoots his rifles when he's outside.


Double Your Fun

Freddie Johnson, 49, was arrested in New York City in April, for the 53rd time after he allegedly once again rubbed up against women on crowded trains. He is such a menace (a 57-page rap sheet) that a special NYPD detail follows him around, certain that he will re-offend. Shortly after the arrest, the New York Daily News reported that his twin brother, Teddy, is now serving an eight-year sentence in upstate New York for a series of subway gropings of his own. A retired police officer told the Daily News that he saw the brothers almost every day and could tell them apart only by their clothes. Freddie, he said, was "blue collar" while Teddy conducted his fondlings "always dressed in a blazer and slacks."



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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