Birthdays for Monday, Nov. 24

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


Larry Buchanan is a graphics and multimedia editor for the New York Times. A 2011 graduate of Indiana University, Larry served as art director for the Indiana Daily Student newspaper and Inside magazine, interned for the Hartford (Conn.) Courant and the school’s office of creative services. In addition, he’s been a visual columnist for McSweeney’s magazine since 2011. Larry joined the Times in 2013. Find his personal web site here, his McSweeney’s work here and his Twitter feed here. Larry turns 26 today.


Ricardo Cervera is a designer for Grupo La República in Lima, Peru. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.

Katie Davis is a nursing assistant in Decatur, Ill. A 2006 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Katie spent a year at the News Democrat in Belleville, Ill, before moving to the State Journal Register of Springfield, Ill. She and her Springfield colleagues were laid off in 2012 when GateHouse moved all its editing and design functions to Rockford, Ill. Katie had also worked with adults with developmental disabilities, so it’s not surprising that she went into nursing. She still freelances for the News-Progress of Sullivan, Ill., and writes obits for the Herald & Review of Decatur. Find her portfolio here. Katie turns 32 today.


Alex Podlogar is content and social media manager for Pinehurst Resort in Sanford, N.C. A 1998 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Alex spent six years as sports editor of the Daily Courier of Forest City, N.C., before moving to the Sanford (N.C.) Herald in 2004. He spent two years as assistant sports information director at Fayetteville State University before moving to Pinehurst in 2012. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Alex turns 39 today.


Chuck Todd is an infographics designer for the office of the president of the University of California and the university’s UCPath project. A 1989 graduate of Missouri State University in Springfield, Chuck spent seven years as an artist for the News-Leader of Springfield, Mo., before moving to San Francisco to attend grad school at the Academy of Art. He earned a master’s degree in 1999 and then taught there four years while working as an artist and then graphics chief of the Contra Costa Times. He was promoted to presentation editor of the Bay Area News Group in Walnut Creek, Calif. in 2005 and then to deputy graphics director in 2011. Chuck left newspapers for the world of academia in April. Find his web site here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here.

René Vollgraff is a reporter for the Sunday Times of Johannesburg, South Africa. A graduate of Stellenbosch University, René previously worked for Sake24, a business news report also based in Johannesburg. René turns 33 today.

Larry, Katie, René, Alex, Chuck and Ricardo share a birthday with actors Sarah Jane Hyland, Katherine Marie Heigl, William “Billy” Connolly Jr., Denise Michelle Crosby, William Dwight Schultz and Colin Lewes Hanks; musicians Donald “Duck” Dunn, Beverly “Bev” Bevan (of ELO), Pete Best (not of the Beatles) and Scott Joplin; sports greats Daniel Leonard Orzechowski (better known as baseball manager Danny Ozark), Stephen Wayne “Steve” Yeager (baseball), Carmelita Jeter (track and field), David “Dave” Bing, Oscar Palmer Robertson (both basketball), Ryan Joseph Fitzpatrick, Jimmy Graham (both football) and Paul John Tagliabue (NFL commissioner); self-improvement guru Dale Breckenridge Carnegie; sci-fi writers Spider Robinson and Forrest James Ackerman; wild-west figure-turned-sports editor William Barclay “Bat” Masterson; president Zachary Taylor; whistle-blower Linda Rose Carotenuto (better known as Linda Tripp); convicted mobster Salvatore Charles “Lucky” Luciano; serial killer Theodore Robert Cowell (better known as Ted Bundy); physicist Simon van deer Meer; commentator William Frank Buckley Jr. and Flight 93 hero Todd Morgan Beamer.

In addition, today is D.B. Cooper Day, Celebrate Your Unique Talent Day and Brownielocks Day. Seriously.

Have a fantastic birthday today, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Sunday, Nov. 23

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four wonderful visual journalists…

Meredith Cash is a senior copy editor and page designer for the Advocate of Victoria, Texas. Her husband, Curtiss, is a fishing guide.

Gary Metzker is a professor of media design and mass communications at California State University, Long Beach and adviser to the school’s student newspaper, the Daily 49er and for Dig magazine. A 1976 graduate of the University of Missouri, Gary worked as assistant sports editor, sports designer, assistant sports editor, and sports news editor for the Clearwater (Fla.) Sun, the Florida Times Union of Jacksonville, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and the Long Beach Press Telegram before joining the Los Angeles Times in 1984. He spent nearly 24 years with the Times, as sports news editor, metro news editor, senior design editor and then senior editor for news and technology. He served as lead designer for five Pulitzer-winning projects, including the Rodney King riots, the Northridge earthquake and the Southern California wildfires. The Times laid Gary off in 2008, but he caught on at Cal State Long Beach, earned a master’s degree from Cal State Fullerton and — in addition to Cal State Long Beach — he also teaches at Chapman University and advises that school’s student paper, the Panther. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.


Dan Swenson is graphics editor of the Times-Picayune of New Orleans, La. A 1995 graduate of Ball State University, Dan interned for the Herald-Leader of Lexington, Ky., and spent a year at the Chicago Tribune before joining the Times-Picayune in 1997. He was promoted to graphics editor in 2009. Find samples of his work here and his online portfolio here.

Lee Warnick is a communications professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg. A 1980 graduate of Brigham Young in Provo, Lee earned a master’s degree in media management from Utah State in 1991 and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Nebraska in 2001. He’s worked at BYU-Idaho for 24 years and is chairman of the design committee for the College Media Advisers. Find his Twitter feed here.

Meredith, Dan, Gary and Lee share a birthday with actors William Henry Pratt (better known as Boris Karloff), Arthur Adolph “Harpo” Marx, David Stephen Rappaport and Steve Landesberg; musicians Destiny Hope “Miley” Cyrus, Bruce Randall Hornsby, Johnny Mandel; TV personality Nicole Elizabeth “Snooki” Polizzi; TV writer Bruce Vilanch; movie writer József A. “Joe” Eszterhas; outlaw Henry McCarty (better known as Billy the Kid); baseball great Luis Clemente Tiant Vega; president Franklin Pierce; radio talk show host Thomas “Tom” Joyner and Good Morning America host Robin René Roberts.

In addition, today is Mother Goose Day, Doctor Who Day, Fibonacci Day and International Image Consultant Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a fine birthday today!

Birthdays for Saturday, Nov. 22

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three fine visual journalists…


Cindy Jones-Hulfachor is a senior graphics reporter for the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. A 1985 graduate of Northern Illinois University, Cindy spent two years as an artist for the Herald-News of Joliet, Ill., before moving to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as an artist, illustrator and Mac systems manager in 1988. She moved to the News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., in 1992 and then moved again in 1998 to the Sun Sentinel. Find her portfolio here.


Ron Johnson is director of student media at Indiana University in Bloomington. A 1981 graduate of Fort Hays State University in Kansas, Ron earned a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1982. He spent 15 years as a professor and director of student publications at Kansas State University. He moved to Indiana University in 2008. Find his Twitter feed here. Ron turns 55 today.


Michael Palm is social media editor of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. A 1997 graduate of Penn State University, Michael worked as night sports editor on the sports sections of five daily newspapers published by the Trib. Find his Twitter feed here.

Michael, Cindy and Ron share a birthday with actors Scarlett Johansson, Mark Alan Ruffalo, Mariel Hadley Hemingway, Jamie Lee Curtis and Robert Francis Vaughn; musicians Hoagland Howard “Hoagy” Carmichael, Edward Benjamin Britten, Terry LaVerne Stafford and Martina Michèle “Tina” Weymouth; comedians Jacob Cohen (better known as Rodney Dangerfield) and Terrence Vance “Terry” Gilliam (of Monty Python); sports greats Selva Lewis “Lew” Burdette Jr., Jonny Johnson Gomes (both baseball), Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius (track and field), Yvan Serge Cournoyer (hockey), Billie Jean King and Boris Franz Becker (both tennis); sportswriter Robert “Scoop” Jackson; French president Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle; Napster creator Shawn Fanning and comic book writer Roy William Thomas Jr.

In addition, today is Family Volunteer Day, National Adoption Day, National Survivors of Suicide Day, International Aura Awareness Day and Human Society Anniversary Day. Seriously.

Have a truly great birthday today, you three! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Friday, Nov. 21

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


Peter Conradi is editor-in-chief of the Saint Catharines Standard in Ontario, Canada. A 1981 graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, Peter spent 25 years at the Standard. In 2006, he became managing editor of the Niagara Falls Review, where he stayed for four years. He also began teaching journalism in 2007, at Niagara College in Welland, Ontario. He created Bullet News in 2010 and published it through 2013, when he moved back to the Sun Media Corp., as managing editor of the Tribune of Welland. He slid back over to the Standard in 2013. Find Peter’s Twitter feed here.


Kenney Marlatt is a designer and editor at the Chicago Tribune. A 2000 graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., Kenney spent five years as a designer with the San Jose Mercury News before becoming news design editor of the Indianapolis Star in 2005. He moved to the Tribune in early 2008. Find his blog here and his Twitter feed here. Kenny turns 37 today.


Dick Morris is quality director for the Daily Standard of Celina, Ohio. A 1983 graduate of Ashland University, Dick spent nearly 14 years as vice president and general manager of the Galion Inquirer and then 23 years as vice president and general manager of the Sentinel company. From 2010 to 2012, he was president of the Ohio Newspaper Association. Dick moved to Celina in March.


Richard Watkins is a digital producer and designer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. A graduate of Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Richard spent six years at the Flint Journal and then four more at the Detroit News before joining the AJC in 2004. Find his web site here. Richard turns 44 today.

Kenney, Dick, Richard and Peter share a birthday with actors Margaret Julio “Marlo” Thomas, Goldie Jeanne Hawn, Juliet Maryon Mills, Joseph Campanella, Cherry Jones, Laurence George Luckinbill and Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi (better known as Alexander Siddig); writer/actor/director Harold Allen Ramis; musicians Carly Rae Jepsen, Björk Guðmundsdóttir and Malcolm John Rebennack Jr. (better known as Dr. John); painter René François Ghislain Magritte; writer François-Marie Aroute (better known as Voltaire) and sports greats Troy Kenneth Aikman, Michael Anthony Strahan (both football), Vernon Earl Monroe, Cedric Bryan “Cornbread” Maxwell (both basketball), George Kenneth Griffey Jr. and Stanley Frank “Stan” Musial (baseball).

In addition, today is World Hello Day and World Television Day. Seriously.

Have a fantastic birthday today, all! Best wishes!

Things are a little crazy around the Apple household this week

It’s mostly because we’re packing up to move this weekend.

My wife — who lives in Atlanta these days, where she helps care for her folks — flew into town Saturday to help us prepare for the move from Santa Ana, Calif., to Victoria, Texas.

After days of packing, she and our daughter, Elizabeth, are nearly done.


While they’ve been working here, I’ve been in my last week building Focus pages for the Orange County Register.


Sharon and Elizabeth are making good progress. But then again, we have lots of recent experience doing this. Sigh.

One thing’s for sure: Our cat, Bones, is less than pleased with developments.


They’ll finish up packong here Thursday. Friday, we have a crew coming to load up a Penske truck. As soon as I can slink out the door at work, we’ll hit the freeway, bound for parts east.

We’ll stay in Indio, Calif., Friday night and El Paso Saturday night. We’ll be in Victoria late Sunday and move into our new place Monday.

I’ll start my new job as managing editor for visuals of the Victoria Advocate on Dec. 1.

I’ll try to keep you posted via social media. Look for the hashtag #trektotexas