Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three terrifically talented visual journalists…
John T. Garcia is an editor and writer currently seeking work in the Los Angeles area. A 1989 graduate of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif. — maybe five or six miles east of Camarillo — John spent nearly six years as assistant business editor and then two-and-a-half years as a designer and copy editor for the Ventura County Star in Camarillo, Calif. In 2006, he was named the Star‘s coordinator of niche publications. He left the star in October. Find his Twitter feed here. John turns 48 today.
Mauricio Gutierrez is design director for the Detroit Free Press. A 1993 graduate of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores in Monterrey, Mexico, Mauricio spent five years at Monterrey’s el Norte newspaper, three years at Roger Black Studios and then two years with the Orange Country Register before joining the Freep in 2000 as features design director. He was promoted to his current position in 2009.
Sam Twarek is associate art director for Cleveland magazine. A 2010 graduate of Kent State University, Sam worked as a photographer for the student paper there, the Daily Kent Stater, as well as for several on-campus magazines. He interned for Cleveland magazine in 2009 and briefly served as design editor for the Chautauquan Daily before moving to Gastonia, N.C. — just west of Charlotte — to become a designer and copy editor for the Gaston Gazette in September 2010. He moved downtown a year later to become a designer for McClatchy’s editing center in Charlotte. He moved again to Cleveland in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here.
Sam, Mauricio and John share a birthday with actors Christopher Paul Colfer, Vincent Leonard Price Jr., Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, Lee Ann Meriwether, Bruce Peter Weitz, Richard Schiff, Peri Kay Oldham (better known as Peri Gilpin), Joseph Alberic Iscariot Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (better known as Joseph Fiennes), Vanessa Blue, Ash Hollywood, Todd Anthony Bridges and Louis Cameron Gossett Jr.; musicians André Lauren Benjamin (better known as André 3000), Lisa Nicole “Left Eye” Lopes, Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis Jr., Bruce Douglas Cockburn and Susan Janet Ballion (better known as Siouxie Sioux of Siouxie and the Banshees); sports greats Samuel Jackson Snead (golf), Jeffrey Robert Bagwell, Frank Edward Thomas Jr. (both baseball) and Jeremy Allen Mayfield (auto racing); TV and radio host Adam Carolla; politicians Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr., Christopher John “Chris” Dodd and Henry Alfred Kissinger; wild West legend James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, authors Herman Wouk, Samuel Dashiell Hammett and Harlan Jay Ellison and former British tabloid editor Rebekah Mary Wade Brooks.
In addition, today is National Senior Health and Fitness Day, World Multiple Sclerosis Day and Cellophane Tape Day. Seriously.
Have a truly great birthday, you three! Best wishes!