From: Deep Thoughts Weekly
Sent: Monday, December 04, 2006 6:24 AM
Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - December 4, 2006


Good Morning, Bryan…


I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick “Americans” as their mascot.


Wow, what a huge snowstorm last Friday and an awful cold spell for those of us in the Chicagoland area!  Did you have your annual furnace inspection yet?  Keep warm as the forecast is for the same cold weather all week…well, it IS December…



1981 - Lila McCann (country singer)

1973 - Tyra Banks (Supermodel, actress)

1970 - Jay-Z (music label owner, rap artist)

1964 - Marisa Tomei (actress)

1963 - Jozef Sabovcik (ice skater)

1952 - Gary Rossington (guitarist)

1949 - Jeff Bridges (actor, songwriter)

1944 - Dennis Wilson (musician, singer)

1934 - Wink Martindale (TV host)

1912 - Pappy Boyington (Marine aviator)

1892 - Francisco Franco (leader, government of Spain)

1795 - Thomas Carlyle (writer, historian, 1820s essayist)



Celebrity Trademark News
The gruff, former Chicago Bears player and coach Mike Ditka recently teamed with a California winery to sell a signature line of wines, including a premium taste retailing for $50 a bottle. And actor Andy Griffith filed a lawsuit in November demanding that the former William Fenrick change his legal name back from "Andy Griffith," which he admitted he acquired only to help himself get elected sheriff of Grant County, Wis. (he lost). And a man in China's Fujian province applied to the government in November to sell female sanitary pads under the trademark "Yao Ming" (China's superstar pro basketball player), catching Yao's agents dumbfounded at the man's audacity.



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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