From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, July 21, 2008 9:24 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - July 21, 2008


Good Morning . . .


I bet the sparrow looks at the parrot and thinks, yes, you can talk, but LISTEN TO YOURSELF!


It was quite the amazing past weekend, celebrating my 25 year class reunion with a group of great people . . . a year of work as the committee chairman really did pay off with two full days worth of stories, bonding, laughs, memories and alcohol poisoning.  For those on this mailing list who didn't know, I was a Palatine High School grad in the class of 1983, and I'm quite proud to say most of my best friends still today were my friends from back during that time.



1988 - Hatty Jones (actress)

1978 - Josh Hartnett (actor)

1957 - Jon Lovitz (comedian, actor)

1956 - Michael Connelly (author)

1951 - Robin Williams (comedian, actor)

1948 - Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam) (singer)

1946 - Kenneth Starr (lawyer, judge)

1943 - Edward Herrmann (actor)

1938 - Janet Reno (US Attorney General)

1926 - Norman Jewison (actor)

1926 - Paul Burke (actor)

1924 - Don Knotts (comedian, actor, d. 2006)

1922 - Kay Starr (singer)

1920 - Isaac Stern (concert violin impresario, d. 2001)

1911 - Marshall McLuhan (professor, writer, d. 1980)

1899 - Ernest Hemingway (writer, d. 1961)



The Continuing Crisis

Randall Popkes, 41, and his son Joshua Williams, 22, were arrested in West Des Moines, Iowa, in May and charged with an attempted safecracking at the Des Moines Golf and Country Club. A security officer had noted their license plate as they sped away after a frustrating session in which they had cut into the safe but could not open it. In fact, they had left behind a note for management, according to the Des Moines Register: "(Expletive) you and your safe."



The Panda Chinese Restaurant in York, Pa., was already in trouble in an early June city sanitation inspection, with demerits piling up because of accumulated grease, insects in the seating area and rotting lettuce, according to a York Daily Record report. Then, in the middle of an inspector's visit, he came upon a live snapping turtle in the restaurant's main sink. Said the inspector, "I had to sit down and gather myself before I could speak." The manager said he had seen the turtle outside and had brought it in for safety: "It was wrong that we put it in the sink."


A scheduling accident at the Eagle Trace Golf Course in Broomfield, Colo., in June caused insufficient time between the end of an early morning junior golf association event (kids age 7 to 12) and a noontime charity tournament sponsored by Shotgun Willie's strip club, with scantily clad dancers cavorting around the course. One mother told WUSA-TV that her little golfer asked, "Mom, why is she only wearing underwear?"



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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