From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 8:45 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - February 4, 2008


Good Morning . . .


When you go in for a job interview, I think a good thing to ask is if they ever press charges.


With the football season pretty much officially over (and congrats to the NY Giants for that amazing Super Bowl win), what are us sports fans supposed to look forward to in the near future?  Basketball?  Well, there is the NCAA tournament in March . . . oh, and of course pitchers and catchers report to spring training in just a little over a week!



1985 - Brandon "Bug" Hall (actor)

1975 - Natalie Imbruglia (actress, singer)

1973 - Oscar De La Hoya (boxer)

1959 - Lawrence Taylor (linebacker)

1948 - Alice Cooper (musician)

1947 - Dan Quayle (US Vice-President)

1945 - David Brenner (comedian)

1923 - Conrad Bain (actor)

1921 - Betty Friedan (author, d. 2006)

1918 - Norman Wisdom (comedian)

1918 - Ida Lupino (actress, director, d. 1995)

1913 - Rosa Parks (activist, d. 2005)

1906 - Clyde W. Tombaugh (astronomer, d.1997)

1902 - Charles Lindbergh (aviator, d. 1974)

1802 - Mark Hopkins (educator, d. 1887)



Government in Action!

Among the accusations that emerged from an FBI investigation of the U.S. government's beleaguered Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (according to a December Washington Post report) is that the deputy director of that office, Ginger Cruz, a self-described Wiccan, had been threatening to place hexes on employees if they co-operated with outsiders' evaluations of the agency. (She was cleared of those charges by the internal SIGIR staff.)


Medical Personnel with Issues

In October, Syracuse, N.Y., dentist George Trusty was sued in federal court after a drill bit snapped off and lodged near a patient's eye, allegedly because Trusty was dancing to the song "Car Wash" on the radio while tending to the patient.


In January, former Skokie, Ill., eye doctor's assistant Joseph Vernell Jr. was sued after a patient complained that, in a dark room "exam," Vernell was detected licking her toes (but then explaining that he was actually "checking (her) sugar level").



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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