From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, October 05, 2009 8:01 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - October 5, 2009


Good Morning . . .


A man doesn't automatically get my respect. He has to get down in the dirt and beg for it.


I was in Ireland for several days which is why this newsletter took a one-week break (missed last Monday).  We had some seriously great market research going on for the pub.  Stop laughing, there really was business involved!!!  On a different note, I'd like to wish my mother-in-law Rose Lamberty a very happy 71st birthday this Friday . . . just one in a long line of great people who have birthdays in October!  J



FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, October 5th                    

1983 - Nikki Hilton (socialite)

1980 - Paul Thomas (musician)

1975 - Kate Winslet (actress)

1972 - Grant Hill (basketball)

1967 - Guy Pearce (actor)

1965 - Patrick Roy (hockey)

1965 - Mario Lemieux (hockey)

1957 - Bernie Mac (comedian, actor, d. 2008)

1951 - Bob Geldof (singer, songwriter)

1951 - Karen Allen (actress)

1950 - Jeff Conaway (actor)

1949 - B. W. Stevenson (singer, songwriter, d. 1988)

1945 - Brian Connolly (singer, d. 1997)

1943 - Steve Miller (singer, songwriter)

1938 - Johnny Duncan (singer, d. 2006)

1936 - Vaclav Havel (playwright, president)

1935 - Margie Singleton (singer, TV Performer)

1933 - Diane Cilento (actress)

1930 - Skip Homeier (actor)

1929 - Richard F. Gordon Jr. (NASA astronaut)

1925 - Gail Davis (actress, d. 1997)

1924 - Bill Dana (comedian, actor)

1923 - Glynis Johns (actress)

1919 - Donald Pleasance (actor, d. 1995)

1917 - Allen Ludden (TV host, d. 1981)

1908 - Joshua Logan (director, d. 1988)

1902 - Ray Kroc (entrepreneur, d. 1984)

1902 - Larry Fine (comedian, actor, d. 1975)

1829 - Chester A. Arthur (21st US President, d. 1886)



Compelling Explanations

A 60-year-old highway worker was injured when struck by motorist Catherine Stotts, 62, who was speeding down a blocked-off road construction lane near Willits, Calif., in July. The worker required hospitalization, but Stotts complained about receiving a traffic citation, telling officers that the man could have jumped out of the way faster.


Things You Thought Didn't Happen

Several state law enforcement agencies raided a home in Shelton, Conn., in July, breaking up an alleged canary-fighting operation. (A neighbor called the raid "crazy": "I can't picture little canaries with razor blades taped to their feet.")


Convenience-store developer Michael Sesera might have thought he was merely following New Jersey protocol when he offered Hanover Mayor Ronald Francioli $20,000 to intercede for him with zoning authorities (i.e., a bribe). However, Mayor Francioli actually called the police, and in August Sesera pleaded guilty.


Least Competent Criminals

Kevin Ollie, 17, and Damien Cole, 19, completely failed in their attempted street robbery in Milwaukee, Wis., in August, when they accosted a young man and woman. The male "victim" drew his own gun, shot Ollie fatally and held Cole for the police. Later, Cole, though not the shooter, was charged with Ollie's death under the state's "felony murder" rule, which makes felons responsible if anyone at the scene should die as a result of the crime. Cole could get 55 years in prison.



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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