From: Deep Thoughts Weekly

Sent: Monday, June 22, 2009 8:51 AM

Subject: Deep Thoughts Weekly - June 22, 2009


Good Morning . . .


Better not take a dog on the space shuttle, because if he sticks his head out when you're coming home, his face might burn up.


Seven years ago to this day, in Naples FL on a rainy day that turned sunny and beautiful shortly after the ceremony began, Laura Lamberty officially became a McGonigal. Here's my chance (at least via email) to say "happy anniversary" to my beautiful wife, whom I love more and more every day!


FAMOUS BIRTHDAYS, June 22nd           

1980 - Eric Stretch (singer)

1974 - Donald Faison (actor)

1973 - Carson Daly (TV host)

1971 - Mary Lynn Rajskub (actress)

1971 - Kurt Warner (football)

1964 - Amy Brenneman (actress)

1964 - Dan Brown (author)

1962 - Clyde Drexler (basketball)

1954 - Freddie Prinze (actor, d. 1977)

1953 - Cyndi Lauper (actress, singer)

1949 - Lindsay Wagner (actress)

1949 - Meryl Streep (actress)

1949 - Alan Osmond (singer)

1948 - Todd Rundgren (musician, producer)

1947 - Pete Maravich (basketball, d. 1988)

1944 - Peter Asher (singer)

1936 - Kris Kristofferson (songwriter, singer, actor)

1928 - Ralph Waite (actor)

1921 - Joseph Papp (producer, d. 1991)

1919 - Gower Champion (choreographer, d. 1980)

1906 - Anne Morrow Lindbergh (aviator and author, d. 2001)

1906 - Billy Wilder (director, d. 2002)

1903 - Carl Hubbell (baseball, d. 1988)

1903 - John Dillinger (bank robber, d. 1934)




Thomas Frazier, 42, was jailed in Flint, Mich., in April after his unpaid child-support tab reached $530,000 (14 children with 13 women). He told the judge that he was only trying "to find someone who would love me for me." And the total tab of Desmond Hatchell, 29, of Knoxville, Tenn., was not reported at his May court appearance, but the judge questioned him sharply about payments from his minimum-wage job. Hatchell has 21 kids by 11 women, but told WLVT-TV, "I didn't intend to have this many."


Bad Sci-Fi Movies Come to Life:  Nicola Bruce and her two toddlers, who live in government-assisted housing in Stoke-on-Trent, England, have awakened nearly every morning for two years to a fresh invasion of about 50 slugs, despite 30 attempts by contractors to find their source (in addition to the remodeling of the kitchen and bath and the bleaching of floors). And a portion of downtown Rotterdam, Netherlands, was blanketed in gluey white "silk" in May, from a six-week-long invasion of caterpillars that strip trees and cover them with gooey larvae.


The head of Florida's Department of Corrections admitted in May that at least 43 children (including a 5-year-old), who observed their parents' prison jobs as part of "Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day" in April, were playfully zapped by 50,000-volt stun guns. DOC Secretary Walt McNeil said the demonstrations (in three of the state's 55 prisons) even included one warden's kid, but that only 14 children were individually shot (with the rest part of hand-holding circles feeling a passing current). Twenty-one employees were disciplined.



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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