From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 7:16 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - February 25, 2008


Good Morning . . .


Sometimes, when I lie in bed at night and look up at the stars, I think to myself, "Man! I really need to fix that roof."


Worthy of mentioning though not quite making the famous birthday list - since they are on Tuesday 2/26 - are three good friends: Steve Berry (my brother-in-law, 41), Larry Rebodos (40) and Camille Ziemann (40something).



1973 - Justin Jeffre (singer)

1971 - Sean Astin ( actor)

1957 - Stuart Wood (musician)

1944 - Karen Grassle (actress)

1943 - George Harrison (musician, d. 2001)

1937 - Bob Schieffer (news anchor)

1937 - Tom Courtenay (actor)

1935 - Sally Jessy Raphael (talk show host)

1925 - Lisa Kirk (actress, singer, d. 1990)

1917 - Anthony Burgess (critic, writer, d. 1993)

1913 - Jim Backus (actor, d. 1989)

1904 - Adelle Davis (nutritionist, d. 1974)

1901 - Zeppo Marx (comedian, d. 1979)

1894 - Meher Baba (Indian mystic, d. 1969)

1888 - John Foster Dulles (US Secretary of State, d. 1959)

1873 - Enrico Caruso (opera singer: tenor, d. 1921)

1841 - Pierre Renoir (Impressionist artist, d. 1919)



Leading Economic Indicators

It was not only banks in the U.S. that freely loaned money over the last few years, but also those in India, and not surprisingly, many of their debtors have recently run into trouble making payments. Indian banks, inexperienced at collecting from so many defaulting consumers, often prefer to hire "goondas" (thugs) to settle debts the old-fashioned way, according to a January Wall Street Journal report. Though iron-bar beatings are frowned upon, some bankers say it's their only recourse because of the numbingly slow pace of the Indian legal system.


The Weirdo-American Community

Police in Madison, Wis., believe they ended the spree of vandal defecations in an apartment house on Schroeder Road (laundry room, hallways, items of clothing) with the January arrest of Ronnie Ballard, 19. At Ballard's first court appearance, Dane County Court Commissioner Todd Meurer set bail at $1,400 and issued a ruling he said he never imagined having to make: As a condition of release, should Ballard make bail, Meurer ordered him to defecate only in toilets.



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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