From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, September 21, 2009 7:26 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - September 21, 2009


Good Morning . . .


The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face.


It was nice to see the Bears bounce back with a BIG win, though my Huskers took a tough last-second loss on Saturday.  Still, it's all good since it's football, which is easing the pain of the frustrating baseball season in Chicago this year.


Due to some travel, this newsletter is taking a one week break.  The next issue of "Deep Thoughts Weekly" will be out in two weeks, on October 5th.   Sláinte!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, September 21st            

1983 - Joseph Mazzello (actor)

1981 - Nicole Richie (socialite)

1972 - Liam Gallagher (actor)

1972 - David Silveria (drummer)

1971 - Alfonso Ribeiro (actor)

1968 - Ricki Lake (TV talk show host, actress)

1967 - Faith Hill (country singer)

1965 - Darva Conger (nurse, and of reality TV fame)

1962 - Rob Morrow (actor)

1960 - David James Elliot (actor)

1959 - Dave Coulier (actor, TV Host)

1952 - Kenny Starr (singer, songwriter)

1950 - Bill Murray (writer, actor, comedian)

1947 - Marsha Norman (playwright)

1947 - Don Felder (musician, singer)

1947 - Stephen King (author)

1936 - Dickey Lee (singer)

1935 - Henry Gibson (comedian, d. 2009)

1934 - Leonard Cohen (singer, songwriter)

1931 - Larry Hagman (actor)

1912 - Chuck Jones (cartoonist, d. 2002)

1866 - H. G. Wells (writer, d. 1946)



Unclear on the Concept

San Antonio police chief William McManus announced in August an upgraded training program to teach his officers how to obey the law while off-duty. The department has had to fire 10 officers so far this year for law-breaking, and included in McManus' program is a personal talk to each incoming cadet to stress that police officers must not commit crimes.



In August, Jorge Iglesias petitioned a judge in Madison, Wis., to regain custody of his 66 roosters and hens that police confiscated in a suspected cockfighting raid. Iglesias said he feared that the Dane County Humane Society, temporarily holding the animals, was treating them with "cruel and barbaric" abuse.


Armed and Clumsy

People who accidentally shot themselves recently: A 44-year-old man, shoving a shotgun down his pant leg after an argument with his girlfriend, blew his little toe off (Alameda, Calif., July). A 21-year-old man, stopping in an alley to urinate with a gun in his pocket, shot himself in the thigh (South Bend, Ind., July). A 26-year-old man, teaching gun safety to two people, was killed when he fired his supposedly unloaded gun at his own head (Phoenix, May). A 15-year-old boy impulsively grabbed the gun that was slipping down his pants from his waistband and shot himself in the penis (Brooklyn, N.Y., September).



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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