From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, May 25, 2009 9:46 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - May 25, 2009


Good Morning . . .


When Gary told me he had found Jesus, I thought, Yahoo! We're rich! But it turned out to be something different.


Happy Memorial Day everybody . . . hope you've had a great weekend so far and have a wonderful week ahead!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, May 25th             

1975 - Lauryn Hill (singer)

1969 - Anne Heche (actress)

1969 - Stacy London (fashion consultant)

1963 - Mike Myers (comedian, actor)

1955 - Connie Sellecca (actress)

1944 - Frank Oz (puppeteer, actor)

1943 - Leslie Uggams (singer, actress)

1939 - Ian McKellen (actor)

1936 - Tom T. Hall (country singer, songwriter)

1935 - Cookie Gilchrist (football)

1932 - K.C. Jones (basketball)

1929 - Beverly Sills (opera singer, d. 2007)

1927 - Robert Ludlum (writer and actor, d. 2001)

1926 - Miles Davis (musician, d. 1991)

1926 - Claude Akins (actor, d. 1994)

1925 - Jeanne Crain (actress, d. 2003)

1922 - Kitty Kallen (singer)

1921 - Hal David (songwriter)

1919 - Lindsey Nelson (sportscaster, d. 1995)

1916 - Ginny Simms (singer, d. 1994)

1897 - Gene Tunney (boxer, d. 1978)

1878 - Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (vaudeville dancer, d. 1949)

1803 - Ralph Waldo Emerson (writer, d. 1882)



Why Government Workers Get a Reputation

In April, accounting clerk James Kauchis made a formal complaint to the personnel office of the county Department of Social Services in Binghamton, N.Y., demanding that he be compensated for a recent interrupted lunch hour. Kauchis had missed lunch when DSS offices were locked down as police secured the neighborhood surrounding the site of the April 3 massacre in which a gunman killed 13 people and then himself. Although DSS had pizza and beverages brought in during the siege, Kauchis felt that wasn't as good as a regular lunch hour.


Least Competent Criminals

Nathaniel Johnson, 19, was arrested in March in Tampa on burglary charges when police produced solid evidence of his presence in a neighborhood that had reported several break-ins. Johnson was revealed to be at each crime scene because he was traced by the ankle monitor he was wearing from a previous court appearance.


Compelling Explanations

A month after her client was accused of a March attempted murder, attorney Frances Hartman spoke up for him to a reporter. "(My client) is an exemplary young man," said Hartman, describing fourth-year Camden, N.J., medical student Brett Picciotti, 26, who was charged with shoving his girlfriend off a second-story balcony, but who denied that he pushed her. "This is an aberrational charge," Hartman said. "I think there's an explanation. I'm just not prepared to give it to you right now."



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



* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *


You are receiving the Deep Thoughts Weekly as a friend who was initially added to my mailing list or subsequently opted in to receive it.  These will be delivered on Monday mornings unless otherwise stated.  Please fee free to share this message with others!  If someone wants to get on my mailing list, they can send me a request at or add their name online at


If you'd rather not receive this type of message, please accept my apologies for the intrusion . . . simply reply back to this e-mail ( with a request to be removed and you won't receive it again.  Further information for friends and the curious can be found at