From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, August 03, 2009 7:42 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - August 3, 2009


Good Morning . . .


I wish I would have a real tragic love affair and get so bummed out that I'd just quit my job and become a bum for a few years, because I was thinking about doing that anyway.


Happy August everybody . . . and it appears everything is A-OK for us to finally close on the building in Barrington this Tuesday (i.e., tomorrow).  The official website is, and though there's not much there at the moment it will be the place where progress is tracked.  Stay tuned!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, August 3rd         

1977 - Tom Brady (football)

1963 - James Hetfield (singer, musician)

1951 - Jay North (actor)

1950 - John Landis (director)

1941 - Martha Stewart (homemaking expert)

1941 - Beverly Lee (singer)

1940 - Martin Sheen (actor)

1937 - Diane Wakoski (poet)

1933 - Alex Cord (actor)

1932 - Elsa Martinelli (actress)

1926 - Gordon Scott (actor, d. 2007)

1926 - Tony Bennett (singer)

1924 - Leon Uris (author, d. 2003)

1921 - Marilyn Maxwell (actress, d. 1972)

1921 - Richard Adler (composer, lyricist)

1920 - Charlie Shavers (musician, composer, d. 1971)

1905 - Dolores del Río (actress, d. 1983)

1900 - Ernie Pyle (journalist, editor, d. 1945)



Reality TV, Religious Style

Apparently believing that religious competition in the Middle East is not exciting enough already, the television station Kanal T in Istanbul, Turkey, is preparing a reality game show for September release in which 10 certified atheists try to resist conversion by a priest, a rabbi, a Muslim imam and a Buddhist monk. The exact rules have not been disclosed, but the "winning" convert will receive an expense-paid trip to the holy land of the most persuasive religion (the Vatican, Jerusalem, Mecca or Tibet). According to a July Reuters report, Turkey's Islamic Religious Affairs Directorate, not surprisingly, had vowed never to co-operate.


Fine Points of the Law

Palm Beach County, Fla., defense lawyer Michael Robb resisted a courtroom motion in June to force him to discard his well-worn Cole Haan loafers and go buy a new pair. The plaintiff's lawyer Bill Bone had complained that jurors would see the holes in the bottoms of Robb's shoes and be unfairly sympathetic to Robb's clients as humble and frugal and therefore more deserving to win. The motion was denied. According to a Palm Beach Post story, Robb said later that he has a renewed enthusiasm for the shoes.


World's Toughest Job

Farah Ahmed Omar was appointed recently as chief of Somalia's navy, which ordinarily would be on the front lines against the throng of pirates operating off the country's coast. Omar's job is difficult, though, because the Somalian navy has not a single boat nor a single sailor, and Omar himself has not been to sea in 23 years. However, he told a reporter he was optimistic that the piracy could be stopped.



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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