From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 7:49 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - August 31, 2009


Good Morning . . .


It takes a big man to cry, but it takes a bigger man to laugh at that man.


As summer winds down I'm happy to say I've had my share of fun weekends.  This past one my good buddy Gene Dorsch stayed at our place, he was in mostly for golf and in fact just left about a half hour ago.  We had our fantasy football draft on Saturday then my family was at a friend's party on Sunday.  It was a nice & well needed break from all the new business work, but Monday has arrived so it's back to reality.


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, August 31st                   

1979 - Chad Brannon (actor)

1977 - Jeff Hardy (actor)

1972 - Chris Tucker (actor)

1970 - Debbie Gibson (singer)

1959 - Tony DeFranco (singer)

1949 - Richard Gere (actor)

1945 - Van Morrison (songwriter, singer)

1945 - Itzhak Perlman (violinist)

1939 - Jerry Allison (musician)

1937 - Warren Berlinger (actor)

1935 - Eldridge Cleaver (activist, d. 1998)

1935 - Frank Robinson (baseball)

1928 - James Coburn (actor, d. 2002)

1924 - Buddy Hackett (comedian, actor, d. 2003)

1918 - Alan Jay Lerner (songwriter, d. 1986)

1916 - Daniel Schorr (journalist)

1914 - Richard Basehart (actor, d. 1984)

1908 - William Saroyan (playwright, d. 1981)

1903 - Arthur Godfrey (TV/radio entertainer, d. 1983)

1897 - Frederic March (actor, d. 1975)

1870 - Maria Montessori (Doctor and educationist, d. 1952)



Rock People

Chicago police arrested motorist Daniel Phelan, 27, in August and charged him in connection with a three-week spree of drive-by rock-throwing at other cars. Officers discounted ordinary road rage as a cause, in that Phelan appeared to have been driving around during that time with an arsenal of rocks in the passenger seat.


A 22-year-old man was arrested in Kitsap, Wash., in August after tossing a barrage of rocks at people, leading some to chase him until police intervened. The man explained that he is preparing to enter Ultimate Fighting Championship contests but had never actually been in a fight and wanted experience at getting beaten up.


Latest Religious Messages

The director of a child advocacy group told The Associated Press in June that, since 1975, at least 274 children have died following the withholding of medical treatment based on religious doctrine. In one high-profile case this year, the father of a girl said turning her over to doctors would violate God's word (she died), but in another, a Minnesota family that had trusted their son's cancer to prayer, based on advice from something called the Nemenhah Band, changed course and allowed chemotherapy, which so far appears to have prolonged the boy's life.


Least Competent Cops

The Supreme Court of Spain tossed out assault charges against Henry Osagiede in August because of unfairness by Madrid police. Osagiede, a black man, was convicted after the victim identified him as her attacker, in a lineup in which he was the only black man.



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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