Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five excellent visual journalists…

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Jason Boyd is digital media manager for WCTI-TV 12 and FOX 8/14 in New Bern, N.C. and a writer for the Stanly News & Press. A product of East Carolina University, Jason worked as a sportswriter for the Washington (N.C.) Daily News, the (Greenville, N.C.) Daily Reflector and the Wilson (N.C.) Daily Times and sports editor of the Washington Daily News and the Rocky Mount (N.C.) Telegram before moving to the Ledger-Enquirer of Columbus, Ga., in 2006 as assistant sports editor. He spent seven-and-a-half years as an associate editor for the Sporting News in Charlotte, N.C. He moved back to eastern North Carolina in May. Jason turns 45 today.

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Scott Goldman is senior director of content strategy for Angie’s List in Indianapolis, Ind. A 1990 graduate of Syracuse University, Scott spent two years as the Sunday sports editor for the Post-Star of Glens Falls, N.Y., before moving to the Charlotte Observer in 1994. He moved to the Washington Post in 1999 and then to the Indianapolis Star in 2004 as assistant managing editor. He served as president of the Society for News Design in 2006. He moved to Advance Digital of New Jersey in 2012 as the chain’s director of content. He moved to Angie’s List in 2014. Find his Twitter feed here. Scott turns 47 today.

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Kevin McGeever is senior editor editor of Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism marketing arm. A 1978 graduate of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, Kevin earned a master’s degree from Syracuse University in 1980. He spent eight-and-a-half years as an assistant sports editor for the St. Petersburg Times and a similar amount of time as a suburban news editor before becoming senior editor for online news in 2004. He joined Visit Florida in 2011. Find his Twitter feed here. Kevin turns 59 today.

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Gursharanjit Singh works in the field of pharmaceutical technology in Bangalore, India. He also draws cartoons and writes Punjabi poetry. He’s a 2004 graduate of the Rajiv Ghandi University of Health Sciences. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Gursharanjit turns 35 today.

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George Treviranus is a user experience designer for Musicnotes.com of Madison, Wis. A 2014 graduate of Madison College of Wisconsin, George served as design director and then editor-in-chief of the student paper there, the Clarion. He’s also worked as a freelance designer for print, user experience and branding. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.

Gursharanjit, Jasaon, Scott, George and Kevin share a birthday with actors Beth Behrs and Christopher Catesby “Kit” Harington; musicians Lars Ulrich (of Metallica), Jared Joseph Leto (of 30 Seconds to Mars) and Harvey Phillip “Phil” Spector; comedian Irwin Alan Kniberg (better known as Alan King); puppeteer Caroll Spinney; sports greats Yohan Blake (track and field), Osborne Earl “Ozzie” Smith, Carlton Ernest Fisk, Carroll Christopher Chambliss (all three baseball), John Franklin “Frank” Broyles (football coach) and Jay Glazer (commentator); politicians Birch Evans “Evan” Bayh III and Albert Arnold “Al” Gore Sr.; Chinese leader Mao Tse-tung; mathematician Charles Babbage; author Henry Valentine Miller; TV hosts Stephen Valentine Patrick William “Steve” Allen and John Edward Walsh and radio host David Sedaris.

In addition to Boxing Day, today is National Thank-You Note Day and National Whiner’s Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, folks! Best wishes!