From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, July 13, 2009 8:25 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - July 13, 2009


Good Morning . . .


Before you criticize someone, you should walk a mile in their shoes. That way, when you criticize them, you're a mile away and you have their shoes.


I hope everyone had a great weekend . . . weather was beautiful around these parts, and you won't hear me say this often but I definitely need a break from drinking for a while (albeit a short while)!  On a different note, two family birthdays are happening this week; I'd like to pass along early birthday wishes to my sister Melissa (41 on July 14th) and her daughter Isabella (4 on July 17th).


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, July 13th             

1954 - Louise Mandrell (country singer)

1946 - Richard "Cheech" Marin (comedian, actor)

1944 - Erno Rubik (inventor)

1944 - Lynn Loring (actress)

1942 - Roger McGuinn (musician, singer)

1942 - Harrison Ford (actor)

1942 - Stephen Jo Bladd (musician)

1940 - Patrick Stewart (actor)

1935 - Jack Kemp (football, congressman, d. 2009)

1931 - Frank Ramsey (basketball)

1928 - Bob Crane (actor, d. 1978)

1913 - Dave Garroway (TV talk show host, d. 1982)

1821 - Nathan Bedford Forrest (cavalry general, KKK leader, d. 1877)



Leading Economic Indicators

In May, the University of Washington ran a two-month campaign of compassion to help out people hurt by the downturn in the economy. Fans of UW's football team who lost their jobs or are otherwise financially unable to renew their Huskies' season tickets can tap into a special philanthropic fund. A donor's $500 tax-deductible gift to "Dawgs Supporting Dawgs" would permit a hard-hit fan to maintain his place on the priority season-ticket list (though this year's seats would be in an inferior location).


Smooth Reactions

Marcus Johnson, 33, of Wichita, Kan., was sentenced to 10 years in prison in May for an incident last year in which, angered by a police officer's demand to lower the volume of his car radio, Johnson immediately drove to City Hall, went up a ramp at about 45 mph, crashed through the front door and continued on through the building.


Americans Fantasize, Germans Act

Two formerly well-off retired couples in Speyer, Germany, whose nest egg was largely wiped out by investments in sub-prime Florida mortgages, vented their anger by kidnapping their investment adviser, James Amburn, in June. They took him to the vacation home of one of the couples near the Austrian border, bound him like a mummy and beat and tortured him over several days, fracturing two ribs, in repeated attempts to punish him and extort his own property as partial compensation for their losses. Police rescued him after he managed to send a coded message by fax.



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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