From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, November 24, 2008 8:19 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - November 24, 2008


Good Morning . . .


It's too bad cowboys didn't eat much pizza back in the old west, because I think a good painting would be a cowboy giving his last slice to his horse.


Thanksgiving is almost upon us, which is a time to reflect on everything we're thankful for in life, and I guess technically signals the start of the holiday season.  In the Chicagoland area we start the week with some snow on the ground . . . gee, great.  So, Happy Thanksgiving everybody!  One other important item to mention: I'd like to wish my son AJ (Alexander James) a very happy 4th birthday, which just happens to fall on Thanksgiving Day this year! 



1978 - Katherine Heigl (actress)

1950 - Stanley Livingston (actor)

1946 - Lee Michaels (singer)

1940 - Johnny Carver (singer)

1925 - William F Buckley, Jr (writer, commentator, editor, d. 2008)

1925 - Al Cohn (jazz composer, musician, d. 1988)

1912 - Teddy Wilson (jazz pianist, composer, d. 1986)

1912 - Garson Kanin (director, producer, d. 1999)

1901 - William Vanderbilt (politician, d. 1981)

1896 - Corinne Griffith (actress, silent film star, d. 1979)

1888 - Dale Carnegie (lecturer, author, d. 1955)

1868 - Scott Joplin (king of ragtime music, composer, d. 1917)

1784 - Zachary Taylor (12th US President, d. 1850)



Failure to Keep a Low Profile

University of New Hampshire officials banned Bert Allen III, 44, a convicted sex offender, from campus in September for posting fliers without permission, seeking a "trophy wife." To further draw attention to himself, Allen sued for a restraining order (unsuccessfully) to allow the continued solicitation.


Police in Covington, Ky., arrested Gregory Griggs, 19, in October at the USA Motel, a suspected drug market. Though several people were booked that night, Griggs was the one wearing the T-shirt that read, "It's Not Illegal Unless You Get Caught."


The Continuing Crisis
In 2003, retired Colorado businessman John Haines, who was concerned about dangerous cracks in the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, went to great lengths to find and purchase a huge slab of the identical high-grade white marble of the Tomb and offered it, free of charge, shipping included, to the Army (which has been considering reconstruction of the Tomb since 1987). In the ensuing five years, according to an August Denver Post story, the Army continues to ignore Haines, yet periodically shows interest in opening the reconstruction to competitive bidding, but mostly just allows the idea to languish.



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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