From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, June 09, 2008 7:58 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - June 9, 2008


Good Morning . . .


Most of the time it was probably real bad being stuck down in a dungeon.  But some days, when there was a bad storm outside, you'd look out your little window and think, "Boy, I'm glad I'm not out in that."


That deep thought probably applies to the Chicagoland area over the past few days.  Hope everyone and their property has made it through these awful storms that thankfully should be ending very soon.  Crazy weather!



1981 - Natalie Portman (actress)

1963 - Johnny Depp (actor)

1961 - Michael J. Fox (actor)

1951 - Dave Parker (baseball)

1939 - Dick Vitale (sportscaster)

1936 - Jackie Mason (comedian)

1934 - Jackie Wilson (singer, d. 1984)

1926 - Mona Freeman (actress)

1922 - George Axelrod (playwright, d. 2003)

1915 - Les Paul (guitarist)

1910 - Robert Cummings (actor, d. 1990)

1891 - Cole Porter (composer and lyricist, d. 1964)

1672 - Peter the Great (Russian Emperor, d. 1725)



Out of sight, out of mind

In what would be a new modern record for the lapse of time between a death and its notice, neighbors found the mummified body of a Croatian woman in her Zagreb apartment in May, and police said no one remembered seeing her alive after 1973. (A Croatian news organization said the last sighting was in 1967.) She missed no maintenance payments because her building, which was state-owned when she was last seen, has since become a cooperative, and aggregate charges were paid for collectively by the other residents.


Get off me!

In April in Marion, Ill., an alert newspaper carrier discovered an 84-year-old woman who was alive but had been pinned to the floor for four days without food or water because her much larger husband, 77, had died of a heart attack and fallen on top of her.  This reminds us of a similar story from 24 years back: In a notorious 1984 incident at a strip club in San Francisco, a dancer had been pinned down overnight underneath the body of club manager Jimmy Ferrozzo, who had had a fatal heart attack while having sex with her. She could not move because they were lying on top of a stage piano that descended on a pulley, for the dancer's grand entrance, and Ferrozzo, in the throes of ecstasy, had accidentally tripped the switch sending it back up, where it jammed against the ceiling.



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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