From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, May 18, 2009 7:36 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - May 18, 2009


Good Morning . . .


I'll never forget the time that skunk got under the house and Grandpa went under to get him.  Boy, it smelled for months.  You know, that was the last time we ever saw Grandpa.


A bad day in Chicago sports yesterday (all the teams lost) but hey it's a new week!  Speaking of which, 2009 seems to be FLYING by so far . . . can you believe that Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us?  I'm still wondering if we're going to get more snow anytime soon.  J


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, May 18th             

1970 - Tina Fey (actress, producer)

1955 - Chow Yun-Fat (actor)

1952 - George Strait (country singer)

1946 - Reggie Jackson (baseball)

1937 - Brooks Robinson (baseball)

1934 - Dwayne Hickman (actor)

1931 - Robert Morse (actor)

1930 - Pernell Roberts (actor)

1920 - Pope John Paul II (264th pope of the Roman Catholic Church, d. 2005)

1919 - Dame Margot Fonteyn (ballet dancer, d. 1991)

1914 - Pierre Balmain (fashion designer, d. 1982)

1912 - Perry Como (singer, d. 2001)

1911 - Big Joe Turner (singer, d. 1985)

1902 - Meredith Wilson (composer, d. 1984)

1897 - Frank Capra (director, d. 1991)

1872 - Bertrand Russell (philosopher, d. 1970)



Some nerve!

Convicted Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, now serving a life sentence in the Florence, Colo., "Supermax" prison, filed a 39-page federal lawsuit in March alleging unconstitutional "cruel and unusual punishment" because the refined-food, low-fiber meals give him "chronic constipation (and) bleeding hemorrhoids." He demanded fresh raw vegetables and other high-fiber foods, necessary to "keep one's body (i.e., God's holy temple) in good health." Nichols was joined in the lawsuit by fellow Supermax resident Eric Rudolph (the convicted abortion-clinic and Atlanta Olympics bomber), who claimed "gas and stomach cramps" and observed that "our bodies" are "sacred and should be treated as such."


Police Report

East St. Louis, Ill., policeman Kristopher Weston apprehended a murder suspect about 20 minutes after the crime in April, which was such a nice piece of police work that the mayor called Weston before the city council to commend him. Five minutes after Weston left the room, the council got down to regular business, the first order of which was to approve a list of police and firefighter layoffs due to budget shortfalls, and on the list because of low seniority was Officer Kristopher Weston.


Just Can't Stop Themselves

In March, a judge in Jefferson County, Texas, probated the 90-day DUI sentence for Jeffrey Latham, 37, on condition that he not drink alcohol, and he ordered Latham to report to the probation office. Two hours later, Latham showed up as scheduled, drunk, and was promptly shuttled back to court.



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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