From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, October 27, 2008 8:42 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - October 27, 2008


Good Morning . . .


There is one question that probably drives just about every vampire crazy: "Oh, do you know Dracula?"


My 3 year old boy made his Halloween costume decision back in early summer, which is Batman (of course) . . . we bought it a month ago and he's really looking forward to finally wearing it later this week!  I'd also like to give a quick "happy birthday" shout-out to my dad, who turned 65 this past Friday.



1984 - Kelly Osbourne (singer, reality TV)

1967 - Scott Weiland (singer)

1958 - Simon LeBon (singer)

1952 - Roberto Benigni (filmmaker)

1951 - Jayne Kennedy (actress)

1946 - Carrie Snodgress (actress, d. 2004)

1942 - Lara Parker (actress)

1940 - John Gotti (gangster, d. 2002)

1939 - John Cleese (actor)

1924 - Ruby Dee (actress)

1923 - Roy Lichtenstein (sculptor; artist, d. 1997)

1920 - Nanette Fabray (actress)

1914 - Dylan Thomas (poet, playwright, d. 1953)

1911 - Leif Erickson (actor, d. 1986)

1910 - Fred De Cordova (producer, director, d. 2001)

1872 - Emily Post (etiquette author, d. 1960)

1858 - Theodore Roosevelt (26th US President, d. 1919)

1811 - Isaac Singer (inventor, manufacturer, d. 1875)

1782 - Nicolo Paganini (violin virtuoso, d. 1840)

1728 - James Cook (British sea captain, explorer, d. 1779)



Legendary banjo player Eddie Adcock, age 70 and suffering hand tremors that failed to respond to medication, volunteered for a revolutionary neurosurgery in August in which he finger-picked tunes while his brain was exposed, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center surgeons tried to locate the defective area. In "deep brain stimulation," doctors find a poorly responding site and use electrodes to arouse it properly. As Adcock, conscious but pain-free, picked out melodies, doctors probed until suddenly Adcock's playing became disjointed, and electrodes were assigned to that spot. By October, according to an ABC News report, Adcock, with a button-activated chest pacemaker wired to his head, was back on stage, as quick-fingered as ever.


Least Competent People

A 38-year-old woman described as "very large," using the "abductor" thigh-tightening machine at the New York Sports Club in Harlem in July, failed to dismount properly, according to a witness, and was "sling-shot" off, across the room, startling other gym users. Paramedics had to use a "Stokes basket" instead of a regular stretcher to carry her out, according to the New York Post.


Also in July, in Kokomo, Ind., pastor Jeff Harlow attempted to illustrate a sermon on "unity" by riding a dirt bike onto the stage in front of the congregation at Crossroads Community Church. However, he lost control, fell off the stage and broke his wrist.



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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