From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 7:59 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - July 20, 2009


Good Morning . . .


We used to laugh at Grandpa when he'd head off and go fishing. But we wouldn't be laughing that evening when he'd come back with some whore he picked up in town.


Every now and then you have one of those very busy but wonderful weekends . . . that was this one for me and my family.  Starting with a family reunion (Laura's dad's side), then a wild "Mardi Gras Ĺ" party a friend has every year, and finally a day at the park to celebrate my niece's birthday.  Ah, yes, and the Cubs won all their games.  Let's hope the good vibes continue into this week as we again try to move forward with our business ventures!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, July 20th             

1980 - Gisele BŁndchen (model)

1964 - Chris Cornell (singer)

1958 - Billy Mays (advertising pitchman, d. 2009)

1947 - Carlos Santana (musician)

1945 - Kim Carnes (singer)

1944 - T G Sheppard (singer)

1945 - John Lodge (musician, singer)

1938 - Natalie Wood (actress, d. 1981)

1938 - Diana Rigg (actress)

1938 - Natalie Wood (actress)

1938 - Jo Ann Campbell (singer)

1938 - Diana Rigg (actress)

1936 - Elizabeth Dole (lawyer, Cabinet member)

1930 - Sally Ann Howes (actress)

1930 - Chuck Daly (basketball coach, d. 2009)

1929 - Mike Ilitch (entrepreneur)

1924 - Lola Albright (actress)

1919 - Sir Edmund Hillary (explorer, d. 2008)

1890 - Verna Felton (actress, d. 1966)

1873 - Alberto Santos-Dumont (aviator, d. 1932)



People With Issues

Lawyer Larry Wilder, who works part-time as city attorney for Jeffersonville, Ind., was found by police in the early morning hours of June 3, sleeping off an apparently heavy night of drinking. He was discovered in a neighbor's yard, his head and torso inside a garbage can that was tipped over on its side, with his legs sticking out. He had recently represented the city in a high-profile case in the Indiana Court of Appeals.


Latest Religious Messages

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Prayer order in La Crosse, Wis., is now in its 131st consecutive year of around-the-clock prayer, in shifts, at its Adoration Chapel. The Sisters' ritual is based on an 1865 promise by the order's superior that if God graced their ministries with success, they would build a chapel and pray non-stop.


Crisis Intervention

A certain bridge in Ghangzhou, China, has become popular for suicide (12 attempts in a 45-day period in April and May), and with each incident, traffic is slowed or halted for hours while crews attempt to talk the distraught person down or perform rescues. Mr. "Chen" was on the ledge in May, according to an Agence France-Presse dispatch, but he couldn't make up his mind about jumping. One frustrated motorist, Lai Jiansheng, ended the suspense by walking up to Chen and pushing him off. Chen survived, and Lai was arrested.



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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