From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 8:33 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - July 6, 2009

 

Good Morning . . .

 

It makes me mad when people say I turned and ran like a scared rabbit.  Maybe it was like an angry rabbit, who was going to fight in another fight, away from the first fight.

 

It was an enjoyable holiday weekend overall, though on Friday I proved yet again that it's best for me to stick with beer vs. mixed drinks!  Cubs looked good winning three of four vs. the Brewers, and the Men's Wimbledon finals on Sunday was AWESOME.  Shifting gears, if anyone is in the area and wants to enjoy some fun this Saturday (7/11), check out www.barringtonbrewfest.com.  I'll be helping with it by serving some beer this year!

 

FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, July 6th

1987 - Matthew O'Leary (actor)

1983 - Gregory Smith (actor)

1978 - Tia & Tamera Mowry (actresses)          

1976 - 50 Cent (rapper)

1952 - Grant Goodeve (actor)

1951 - Geoffrey Rush (actor)

1947 - Shelley Hack (actress)

1946 - James Browning Wyeth (artist)

1946 - Sylvester Stallone (actor)

1946 - Fred Dryer (actor)

1946 - George W. Bush (43rd US President)

1945 - Burt Ward (actor)

1937 - Gene Chandler (singer)

1937 - Ned Beatty (actor)

1935 - 14th Dalai Lama (spiritual leader)

1931 - Della Reese (Deloreese Early) (singer)

1927 - Pat Paulsen (comedian, d. 1997)

1927 - Janet Leigh (actress, d. 2004)

1925 - Merv Griffin (singer, broadcaster, d. 2007)

1925 - Bill Haley (musician, singer, d. 1981)

1922 - William Schallert (actor)

1921 - Nancy Reagan (First Lady, wife of Ronald Regan)

1918 - Sebastian Cabot (actor, d. 1977)

1911 - LaVerne Andrews (singer, d. 1967)

1907 - Frida Kahlo (artist, d. 1954)

1747 - John Paul Jones (naval fighter, d. 1792)

 

WEIRD NEWS*

Compelling Explanations

Steven Gilmore Jr., 21, was arrested in Gainesville, Fla., after an aborted convenience store robbery in which he shot a clerk with a BB gun. Police said Gilmore confessed to the crime, explaining that he is an aspiring rap singer and felt he needed to commit a violent crime to gain "street cred" as a thug.

 

Ironies

Evils of Renewable Energy: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick calls the Evergreen Solar Panel manufacturing plant in the town of Devens "the leading edge of our clean energy economy," but neighbors continue to complain vociferously about the dizzying, 24-hour-a-day noise. According to a June Boston Herald story, farmers report that their horses are developing ulcers and that other animals are behaving strangely.

 

Even though life and health insurance companies now routinely penalize smokers with higher premiums (or by refusing their business), the companies themselves own tobacco company stock worth at least $4.4 billion, according to a recent New England Journal of Medicine report. Centers for Disease Control estimates that more than 400,000 Americans die prematurely each year due in part to smoking (burdening life insurance companies but perhaps sparing health insurers from having to pay out over longer lifetimes).

 

 

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

www.mcgonigal.org

 

*Weird News is borrowed from Chuck Shepherd's "News of the Weird", available at www.newsoftheweird.com.

 

 

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