From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, April 13, 2009 7:24 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - April 13, 2009


Good Morning . . .


I remember how my Great Uncle Jerry would sit on the porch and whittle all day long. Once he whittled me a toy boat out of a larger toy boat I had. It was almost as good as the first one, except now it had bumpy whittle marks all over it. And no paint, because he had whittled off the paint.


Coming off a nice Easter weekend . . . now it's time to finish up with the taxes.  Funny that when you know you're not getting anything back, it certainly makes it easier to put it off until the very end!



1978 - Kyle Howard (actor)

1976 - Jonathan Brandis (actor)

1970 - Ricky Schroder (actor)

1964 - Davis Love III.(golfer)

1963 - Garry Kasparov (Russian chess champion)

1951 - Max Weinberg (drummer)

1946 - Al Green (R&B singer)

1945 - Tony Dow (actor)

1944 - Jack Casady (bassist)

1942 - Bill Conti (composer)

1939 - Paul Sorvino (actor)

1935 - Lyle Waggoner (announcer, skit player)

1926 - Don Adams (actor, comedian, d. 2005)

1919 - Howard Keel (actor, singer, d. 2004)

1909 - Eudora Welty (author, photographer, d. 2001)

1906 - Samuel Beckett (French playwright, d. 1989)

1743 - Thomas Jefferson (3rd us president, d. 1826)



Compelling Explanations

Christos Kokkalis, 19, allegedly doing 65 mph in a 30 mph zone, was charged with assault in Framingham, Mass., in March, for reacting badly to a pedestrian's hand gesture suggesting he slow down. According to a police report, Kokkalis swerved across a street into the man's path, drove by, turned around and did it again. The report said Kokkalis denied fault, claiming that his car "turns on its own" because of an "alignment" problem.



Angel Galvan-Hernandez, 26, facing a long prison term after being convicted in a Seattle court, begged the judge in February to execute him, that he'd rather die "a thousand times" than be jailed. The reason, he said, was his fear of being raped in prison because of his petite frame and his history of being attacked as a youth. He admitted that he was a coward, "but I just don't want to be raped." His crime: He had pleaded guilty to raping two women. (He got 20 years.)


A federal arbitrator ruled in March that an employer had, for years, "willfully" violated the Fair Labor Standards Act in exploiting workers by failing to pay overtime. The guilty employer: the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.



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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