From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, February 09, 2009 8:10 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - February 9, 2009


Good Morning . . .


If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying."  And if he asks why God is crying, another cute think to tell him is "Probably because of something you did."


My apologies for a rare missing week of "Deep Thoughts" last Monday . . . I was still in Las Vegas celebrating the Steelers Super Bowl victory, but then neglected to send out this letter on Tuesday.  Please forgive me!  J  On a more nostalgic/celebratory note, seven years ago today at a ski resort - heck, on a ski lift - Laura and I got engaged.  So, "Happy 7th Engagement Anniversary" to us! 


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, February 9th    

1985 - David Gallagher (actor)

1979 - Zhang Ziyi (actress)

1963 - Travis Tritt (country music singer)

1955 - Charles Shaughnessy (actor)

1945 - Mia Farrow (actress)

1944 - Alice Walker (writer, poet)

1944 - Barbara Lewis (singer)

1943 - Joe Pesci (actor)

1942 - Carole King (songwriter, singer)

1928 - Roger Mudd (broadcaster)

1923 - Brendan Behan (poet, playwright, d. 1964)

1922 - Kathryn Grayson (actress)

1911 - Gypsy Rose Lee (dancer, stripper, d. 1970)

1909 - Carmen Miranda (actress, d. 1955)

1894 - Brian Donlevy (actor, d. 1972)

1891 - Ronald Colman (actor, d. 1958)

1874 - Amy Lowell (poet, d. 1925)

1773 - William Henry Harrison (9th US President, d. 1841)




Police in New Britain, Conn., arrested Joel Rubin, 42, in January and charged him with using a stolen credit card, but unanswered was why Rubin also tried to use his own store discount card to get a lower price on the merchandise. It was Rubin's name on the discount card that tipped off police, and it was not immediately clear why Rubin wanted to save a few bucks off a bill that would be sent to someone else. [Hartford Courant, 1-13-09]


In Plant City, Fla., in December, Robert Thompson and Taurus Morris were charged with armed burglary after taking a woman's eggbeater from her at knifepoint. It was not reported why they wanted the eggbeater or why the victim had to be threatened at knifepoint to get it.


Least Competent Person

Daniel Petric, 15 at the time, shot his parents in October 2007 (killing his mother) after they took away his violent Halo 3 video game. In January 2009, Judge James Burge pronounced Petric guilty of murder, rejecting his lawyers' claim that Petric was insane at the time because he had confused "killing" cartoon avatars with killing humans. However, even though the legal test of insanity was not met, Judge Burge acknowledged that Petric "had no idea at the time he hatched this plot that if he killed his parents, they would be dead forever."



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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