Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five wonderful folks…
Ariel Cheung is crime enterprise reporter for the Post-Crescent of Appleton, Wis. A 2012 graduate of The University of Cincinnati, Ariel started out as a reporter for the independent student paper there, the News Record. She eventually served as the paper’s editor-in-chief. She worked internships at the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times. She spent a year as the cops and courts reporter at the Register-Mail of Galesburg, Ill., where she was named a GateHouse news writer of the year. She joined the Post-Crescent last year. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Ariel turns 24 today.
Richard Curtis retired in December 2008 after 27 years as managing editor for graphics and photo of USA Today. A 1972 graduate of N.C. State University in Raleigh, Richard was previously an assistant managing editor at the Baltimore News American. He was one of the founders of the Society for News Design, receiving SND’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Richard turns 68 today.
Sam Posh Debray is an expert in marketing, born in France and now based in Hout Bay, South Africa. These days, however, she’s better known as the mom of the fabulous SoapGirls, whose first album — Xperience — was released in that country in late 2011. I’m told their second album is being produced right now. I’ve written about the girls extensively. I took the picture above, in fact, when I was invited to their home in February 2011 for a preview of their CD. Find the SoapGirls’ web site here, their SoundCloud page here, their Facebook page here and their Twitter feed here. Find Posh’s Twitter feed here.
Amy Huschka is assistant editor for social media at the Detroit Free Press. A 1994 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., Amy spent time as a features editor for the Anderson, S.C., Independent-Mail and then a news designer for the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News before moving to Detroit in 2000 as a features designer. She moved to the digital side in 2012 and then was promoted to her current position in 2013. Her husband, Robert Huschka, is the Freep’s editor for news and presentation. Find her Twitter feed here.
Chloe Park is a user experience designer for OpenTable, a restaurant reservation software company based in San Francisco, Calif. A 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chloe served internships at the Arizona Republic, Condé Nast Publications, the Morehead Planetarium, Pathos Ethos and at USA Today — the latter as a high schooler, in fact. She returned to USA Today full-time in 2010 to work in the paper’s “glossy publications” division. She moved to the west coast in 2012 to work for Curio, a design consultancy. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here. Chloe turns 26 today.
Ariel, Chloe, Amy, Posh and Richard share a birthday with actors Matthew Steven LeBlanc, James Martin Lafferty, Linda Ann Hopkins (better known as Tera Patrick), Michael Alan Welch, Walter Andrew Brennan and Estelle Scher-Gettleman (better known as Estelle Getty); musicians Thurston Joseph Moore (of Sonic Youth) and Anthony Peter Strascina (better known as Tony Vincent); sports greats Douglas Dean Drabek, William Edward “Billy” Wagner (both baseball), Nathaniel “Nate” Thurmond (basketball), Evgeni Viktorovich Nabokov (hockey), Walter Payton (football) and John Alexander Robinson (football coach); biophysicist Rosalind Elsie Franklin, Louise Joy Brown (the world’s first test-tube baby) and illustrator Maxfield Parrish.
In addition, today is Thread the Needle Day, Lumberjack Day, National Talk in an Elevator Day, System Administrator Appreciation Day, Video Games Day and Merry-Go-Round Day. Seriously.
Have a terrific birthday today, y’all! Best wishes!