From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, November 30, 2009 1:12 PM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - November 30, 2009


Good Morning . . .


I wish I had a dollar for every time I spent a dollar, because then, YAHOO!, I'd have all my money back.


To all you suffering Bears fans out there . . . good news, only five more games left.  AND, for my few fellow Huskers fans, though I wouldn’t bet the house on the Big 12 Championship game ending in favor of Nebraska, stranger things have happened.  GO BIG RED & I hope they give it their best this Saturday night!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, November 30th                         

1985 - Kaley Cuoco (actress)

1982 - Elisha Cuthbert (actress)

1978 - Clay Aiken (singer)

1965 - Ben Stiller (Actor, comedian, director)

1962 - Bo Jackson (football, baseball)

1955 - Billy Idol (rock singer)

1953 - Shuggie Otis (R&B soul artist)

1952 - Mandy Patinkin (actor)

1947 - David Mamet (playwright, film writer/director)

1944 - Luther Ingram (musician, singer, d. 2007)

1943 - Rob Grill (musician, singer)

1937 - Paul Stookey (singer)

1936 - Abbie Hoffman (activist, d. 1989)

1935 - Jack Reno (country singer, d. 2008)

1930 - G Gordon Liddy (politician, radio host)

1929 - Dick Clark (radio and TV producer, host)

1928 - Rex Reason (actor)

1927 - Robert Guillaume (actor)

1926 - Richard Crenna (actor, d. 2003)

1924 - Allan Sherman (comedian, d. 1973)

1924 - Shirley Chisholm (politician)

1918 - Efrem Zimbalist, Jr (actor)

1912 - Gordon Parks (director, author, d. 2006)

1874 - Sir Winston Churchill (British statesman, prime minister, d. 1965)

1835 - Mark Twain (writer, d. 1910)

1667 - Jonathan Swift (writer, d. 1745)




For its Halloween gala, the Kings Island amusement park near Cincinnati had set up an exhibit featuring skeletons dressed to resemble, among other deceased celebrities, Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Ted Kennedy, Ed McMahon, TV salesman Billy Mays, Sonny Bono (his skeleton in front of a tree) and Ted Williams (his skeleton in front of a freezer). Alongside was a marker board labeled "agenda," with those names crossed off but others still listed, including Bernard Madoff and the comedian Carrot Top. (Following a WLWT-TV preview of the exhibit in September, the park quickly canceled it, with a spokesman declaring, "We were not intending to be distasteful.")


Robert and Roberta Masters of Prior Lake, Minn., were arrested in October and charged in connection with a series of mailbox explosions over the summer, which police say were carried out by seven teenagers who had been supplied by the couple. Police said Robert Masters bought black powder for the kids and had said it "would be a good educational tool for the kids to build pipe bombs." Roberta Masters allegedly encouraged the teens to learn on the Internet how to make pipe bombs because it would be "constructive" (but she said she had told them to be careful).


Unclear on the Concept

On July 13, William Thomson, 55, feeling bad recently about having violently resisted arrest by the Salisbury, Mass., police in a drunk-driving incident in 1997, brought hot coffee to a Salisbury station house and sought symbolic forgiveness from the officers on duty. The very next day, however, Thomson was arrested again in a drunk-driving incident, and again he forcefully resisted, punching a Breathalyzer machine, threatening an officer, and attempting to flood a lock-up cell in the station house.



In Ogden, Utah, in October, Adam Manning, 30, accompanied his pregnant girlfriend to the McKay-Dee Hospital emergency room as she was going into labor. According to witnesses, as a nurse attended to the woman, Manning began flirting with her, complimenting the nurse's looks and giving her neck rubs. When Manning then allegedly groped the nurse's breast, she called for security, and Manning was eventually arrested and taken to jail, thus missing the birth of his child.



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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