From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, June 15, 2009 8:52 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - June 15, 2009


Good Morning . . .


We like to praise birds for flying. But how much of it is actually flying, and how much of it is just sort of coasting from the previous flap?


The new Irish Pub may still be a few months away, but I'll start keeping progress updates on Facebook and on my website.  Guess that means I'll have to actually get back to spending time UPDATING my website from here on out.  The work never ends . . .


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, June 15th            

1981 - William Dean Martin (musicion)

1973 - Neil Patrick Harris (actor)

1969 - Ice Cube (rapper, actor, producer)

1969 - Dina Meyer (actress)

1964 - Courteney Cox (actress)

1963 - Helen Hunt (actress)

1954 - Jim Belushi (actor)

1949 - Jim Varney (actor, d. 2000)

1941 - Harry Nilsson III (singer, d. 1994)

1937 - Waylon Jennings (country musician, d. 2002)

1932 - Mario Cuomo (52nd governor of New York)

1921 - Erroll Louis Garner (jazz pianist, composer, d. 1977)

1917 - Leon Payne (country artist and songwriter, d. 1969)

1914 - Bob Wian (founder of Big Boy restaurants, d. 1992)

1912 - Babe Dahlgren (baseball, d. 1996)

1910 - David Rose (composer, d. 1990)

1843 - Edvard Grieg (composer, d. 1907)

1767 - Rachel Jackson (wife of 7th President Andrew Jackson, d. 1828)



Can't Possibly Be True

When a son, angry that his father had ordered him to clean up his room, screamed at Dad and threw a plate of food across the dinner table, Dad called 911. The son is 28-year-old Andrew Mizsak, who lives rent-free with his parents in the Cleveland suburb of Bedford, Ohio, and is a member of the Bedford School Board (and whose mom is a city councilwoman). After police arrived, the habitually untidy son apologized and, according to their report, "was sent to his room to clean it. He was crying uncontrollably." Subsequently, the school board punished Andrew by removing two of his duties.


When courts in Nashville, Tenn., get too backed up, a local tradition allows judges to appoint well-known local attorneys to act as "special judges" to help clear dockets. According to a months-long investigation by WTVF-TV, broadcast in April, it appears that at least some of the "special judges" used their power largely to dismiss speeding tickets, including at least one instance of a lawyer's dismissing his own client's ticket. The station found that of almost 1,800 speeding tickets dismissed by courts during the time investigated, 1,300 were by the "special judges."


The U.S. Air Force has spent an estimated $25 million training combat pilot Lt. Col. Victor Fehrenbach but is about to discharge him involuntarily because he is gay. Born of military-officer parents, Fehrenbach has earned 30 awards and decorations, with tours flying F-15Es in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq, and was one of the elite fighters called on to patrol the air space over Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001.



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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