From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, May 26, 2008 11:40 PM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - May 26, 2008


Good Morning . . .


I think the mistake a lot of us make is thinking the state-appointed shrink is our friend.


Better late than never on this message, and Happy Memorial Day to all!  The day turned out to be much nicer than the original weather reports indicated, and I was able to celebrate by spending half of it helping build a deck . . . always a good time!      



1964 - Lenny Kravitz (singer)

1951 - Sally Ride (1st American woman in space)

1949 - Hank Williams Jr. (singer)

1949 - Philip Michael Thomas (actor)

1949 - Pam Grier (actress)

1948 - Stevie Nicks (songwriter)

1939 - Brent Musberger (sportscaster)

1927 - Jacques Bergerac (actor)

1923 - James Arness (actor)

1920 - Peggy Lee (singer, d. 2002)

1913 - Peter Cushing (actor, d. 1994)

1912 - Jay Silverheels (actor, d. 1980)

1911 - Ben Alexander (actor, d. 1969)

1910 - Laurence Rockefeller (conservationist, d. 2004)

1908 - Robert Morley (actor, d. 1992)

1907 - John Wayne (actor, d. 1979)

1886 - Al Jolson (singer, d. 1950)




In April, according to police in Fort Pierce, Fla., Amity Joy Doss, 24, grabbed a young McDonald's employee by her shirt to emphasize her dissatisfaction with service and demanded to the manager that she be fired. A call was made to police, and Doss wandered outside, climbed a tree, hung upside down by bended knee for a while, then descended and lay down on the hood of her car before re-entering the restaurant and asking if the girl had been fired yet. She was arrested on several charges.


A 2007 decision of New York City's Civil Service Commission reinstated a police officer even though NYPD has ruled him unfit for duty, in large part because he admitted to a "fear of dead people," which the department had thought would make his job difficult. (However, in March 2008, a New York City judge overturned the commission ruling.)


Angelique Vandeberg, 28, was arrested in May in Sheboygan, Wis., and charged with felony child abuse after her 8-year-old daughter reported that Vandeberg had intentionally shot her in the leg with a BB gun, leaving her unable to walk without difficulty, in order to win a $1 bet with her boyfriend. (Police said alcohol was involved.)



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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