From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, October 29, 2007 7:08 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - October 29, 2007


Good Morning . . .


Whenever I need to "get away," I just get away in my mind.  I go to my imaginary spot, where the beach is perfect and the weather is perfect.  There's only one bad thing there: the flies!  They're terrible!


HAPPY HALLOWEEN a few days early!  Kind of a sports hangover after this weekend - awesome that the Red Sox won the World Series, but now I have no choice but to watch bad football teams play.  Save me, Chicago Bulls . . .



1983 - Amit Paul (singer)

1980 - Ben Foster (actor)

1971 - Winona Ryder  (actress)

1961 - Randy Jackson (singer)

1948 - Kate Jackson (actress)

1947 - Richard Dreyfuss (actor, TV Narrator)

1946 - Peter Green (musician)

1945 - Melba Moore (singer, actress)

1944 - Denny Laine (musician, singer)

1938 - Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (president of Liberia)

1925 - Zoot Sims (musician, d. 1985)

1923 - Carl Djerassi (Chemist, inventor)

1922 - Neal Hefti (composer)

1921 - Bill Mauldin (cartoonist, d. 2003)

1899 - Akim Tamiroff (actor, d.1972)

1891 - Fanny Brice (actress, comedienne, d. 1951)

1815 - Daniel Emmett (composer, d. 1904)



The District of Calamity

The Washington, D.C., Department of Corrections fired three jailers in August after finding that they had locked up Virginia Grace Soto, 47, in the men's detention unit following her July arrest, despite her protests and despite a formal strip search and despite observing her in the shower. Their reasoning: A paperwork error listed Soto as a male, and they could not change that.


Two high-ranking D.C. school officials were charged in recent months with stealing money from the school system, including Brenda Belton (who pleaded guilty in August), who stole almost $650,000 while she was in charge of all charter schools in Washington, D.C., and Eugene Smith, who allegedly stole $46,000 just after he left the job as the schools' director of internal audit.



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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