From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, March 22, 2010 7:42 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - March 22, 2010


Good Morning . . .


If you go through a lot of hammers each month, I don't think it necessarily means you're a hard worker. It may just mean that you have a lot to learn about proper hammer maintenance.


My apologies to all the Deep Thoughts Weekly fans . . . I missed sending out this last week as time away from work (and sleep) has unfortunately been a very rare commodity for me lately.  However, I do have GREAT NEWS to report – the opening of McGonigal’s Pub / Park Avenue Wine Bar & Merchant has been a major success, and the first several days of business has been phenomenal!  More updates forthcoming soon on my Facebook page and at


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, March 22nd                   

1976 - Reese Witherspoon (actress)

1972 - Elvis Stajko (figure skater)

1959 - Matthew Modine (actor)

1957 - Stephanie Mills (singer)

1955 - Lena Olin (actress)

1952 - Bob Costas (TV news and sports reporter)

1948 - Andrew Lloyd Webber (composer)

1943 - George Benson (singer)

1941 - Jeremy Clyde (singer)

1933 - J. P. McCarthy (radio host, d. 1995)

1933 - May Britt (actress)

1931 - William Shatner (actor)

1930 - Stephen Sondheim (composer)

1923 - Marcel Marceau (mime, d. 2007)

1920 - Werner Klemperer (actor, d. 2000)

1920 - Ross Martin (actor, d. 1981)

1917 - Virginia Grey (actress, d. 2004)

1912 - Karl Malden (actor, spokesperson, d. 2009)

1908 - Louis L'Amour (author, d. 1988)

1887 - Chico Marx (comedian, d. 1961)

1599 - Sir Anthony Van Dyke (artist, d. 1641)



Fine Points of the Law

If you're wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun and walk into a store to rob it, but there are no employees there to rob, and you abort, is that an "attempted robbery"? Sanjuan Reyes, 22, and two teenagers were arrested in Joliet, Ill., in January and charged with attempting to rob the Supermercado Viva Mexico. Two acted as lookouts while the youngest, wearing a ski mask and wielding an air pistol, entered the store. Apparently, the only employees on duty were in the back room. The boy waited for a minute or so, then bailed out, and the three fled empty-handed. Joliet's deputy police chief said a crime was committed.


22nd Century Already?

Later this year, manufacturer Organovo, of San Diego, will begin shipping its $200,000 ink-jet-type printers that create living organs for patients needing transplants. The 3-D "bioprinter" works by spraying extracted microscopic cells on top of each other, in pass after pass. On the bioprinter's equivalent of a sheet of paper, and under laboratory conditions, the cells fuse together and grow for weeks until an organ substantial enough for research use is created (and ultimately, substantial enough for human transplants). The bioprinter is faster than growing such organs from scratch, which scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have been doing for several years.


Unclear on the Concept

In March, sheriff's deputies in Kissimmee, Fla., detained a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who was working undercover but who had aroused suspicions of residents of a neighborhood. After investigating, the deputies discovered that in order to guard his identity as an ICE agent, the man was posing as an FBI agent.



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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