Birthdays for Wednesday, Jan. 28

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five fine, fine folks…


Mohammed Alabri is a multimedia specialist for the Public Authority for Radio and Television in Muscat, Oman. A 2012 graduate of the Nizwa College of Applied Science, Mohammed interned at the Oman Establishment for Press, Publication and Advertising and with Brand One Media and Public Relations. Find Mohammed’s Twitter feed here.


Randy Foster is managing editor of the Sun Journal of New Bern, N.C. A 1982 graduate of Cal State Northridge, Randy spent seven years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and then worked as a private investigator and an insurance adjuster before entering journalism as a reporter for the Daily Journal of Ukiah, Calif. He worked for a number of small papers in California and New Mexico before becoming news editor of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer in 2001. He made a go of running a small independent paper in Fayetteville and doing some consulting before taking command in New Bern in 2009. Find his Twitter feed here. Randy turns 55 today.


Katie O’Leary is a designer for Jacqueline Wells Photography and Design of Cleveland, Ohio. A 2013 graduate of Ohio University in Athens, she worked as a page-one designer for the student paper there, the Post. Katie served internships at WYEP-FM in Pittsburgh, the Chautauquan Daily in New York and with UQ marketing, a peer-to-peer marketing group. She moved into her current position in 2013. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Katie turns 24 today.


Jeanette Garcia Polasky is a speechwriter and communications specialist for the Baltimore County government in Towson, Md. A 2003 graduate of Duquesne University, Jeanette worked for the Evening Review of East Liverpool, Ohio, and as a correspondence analyst for the city of Baltimore. She earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2008 before becoming deputy director of correspondence and constituent services for the city of Baltimore mayor’s office. She also serves as an executive production coordinator for Clearpath Entertainment and is associate editor of Shockwave magazine. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here.


Eva Finley is a retired postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service. She worked the last few months of her career out of the same post office where she started out as a rural lettercarrier back in the early 1980s in Bradley, S.C. Along the way, she was postmaster in a number of towns in Texas and South Carolina, edited the state postmasters’ newsletters for both states and finally served as editor of the national newsletter for the National Association of Postmasters –a newsletter that, really, was more of a slick magazine.


Eva Jane is also my mother. Surely you can see the resemblance in that picture, taken in 2010 when she hired me to speak to a gathering of state postmaster newsletter editors in Washington, D.C.

Here’s a funny story about my Mom: She was on her way to Houston when she found out I was interviewing for a job here in Victoria. She hadn’t seen me in a couple of years — since I had moved to the West coast — so you can probably guess what she did.


I have the only mom in the world who’d crash a job interview.

Mom is something like 39 years old today. Which doesn’t explain how she has a 52-year-old son. But, whatever…

Katie, Jeanette, Mohammed, Randy and Mom share a birthday with actors Elijah Jordan Wood, Barbara Klein (better known as Barbi Benton) and Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo (better known as Alan Alda); musicians Sarah Ann McLachlan, Arthur Rubinstein, William Leonard Roberts II (better known as Rock Ro$$), Joseph Anthony “Joey” Fatone Jr. (of ‘N Synch) and Nicholas Gene “Nick” Carter (of the Backstreet Boys); sports greats Jessica Ennis (track and field), Daunte Rachard Culpepper (football), Andre Tyler Iguodala (basketball), Jermaine Trevell Dye and Magglio José Ordóñez Delgado (both baseball); authors Susan Sontag and Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (who normally went only by her last name); painter Paul Jackson Pollock; French leader Nicholas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa and comedian-turned-TV reporter Maurice Alberto “Mo” Rocca.

In addition, today is Data Privacy Day, National Kazoo Day and Thank a Plug In Developer Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, y’all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Tuesday, Jan. 27

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


Evelyn Lau is a features web editor for the National of Abu Dhabi. A 2010 graduate of the University of Iowa, Evelyn worked as a sports talk show host for the campus radio station and assistant sports editor for the student newspaper. She served an internship with Athlete Interactive, where she created content to go on personal web sites of professional athletes. After graduation, she worked a while as a substitute teacher before starting work in 2011 for the Boston Herald. She moved to Abu Dhabi a year ago. Find her Twitter feed here. Evelyn turns 27 today.


Denise Reagan is director of communications for the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla. A 1990 graduate of the University of Florida, Denise spent four-and-a-half years as a designer for the News-Sentinel of Fort Wayne, Ind., before moving to the Detroit Free Press as a features designer. In 1996, she became art director of the Friday entertainment section of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. She moved to the Morning News of Savannah, Ga., to become planning editor in 2002 and then again to the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as director of news design in 2004. She moved to Jacksonville in 2006 to become assistant managing editor for visuals at the Florida Times Union. She was named editor of Folio Weekly, an alt-weekly tabloid newspaper in Jacksonville, in 2012. Denise left newspapers in 2013. In addition, she teaches news design on an adjunct basis for her alma mater. She spent five years directing Quickcourse seminars for the Society for News Design and spent three years as president of the SND Foundation. Find her Twitter feed here.

Evelyn and Denise share a birthday with actors Donna Belle Mullenger (better known as Donna Reed), Bridget Jane Fonda (not to be confused with her sister Jane Fonda), Miriam Spickler (better known as Mimi Rogers), James Cromwell, Merle Johnson Jr. (better known as Troy Donahue) and Patton Oswalt; musicians Nicholas Berkeley “Nick” Mason (of Pink Floyd), Jerome David Kern, Lyle Russell Cedric “Skitch” Henderson and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; dancer Mikhail Nikolaevich Baryshnikov; sports greats Marat Mubinovich Safin (tennis), Anthony Cris Collinsworth, William Arthur “Billy White Shoes” Johnson, John Matthew “Matt” Stover (all three football), Arthur Joseph “Art” Rooney (NFL team owner) and Gerald Hatten “Jerry” Buss (NBA team owner); writer Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (better known as Lewis Carroll); chief justice of the supreme court John Glover Roberts Jr.; TV host Keith Theodore Olbermann and comic book artists Peter Alan Laird and Frank Miller.

In addition, today is Holocaust Memorial Day, National Geographic Day, Viet Nam Peace Day, Auschwitz Liberation Day and Thomas Crapper Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Monday, Jan. 26

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


Kevin Cox is a senior copy editor with Meredith publications in Des Moines, Iowa. A 1992 graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, Kevin earned a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1993. He spent nine years with the Des Moines Register in a variety of editing positions, including assistant features editor. He moved to Meredith in 2007. Kevin turns 45 today.


Mike Dizon is a graphic journalist for the Straits Times of Singapore. A 1991 graduate of the University of Santo Tomas, Michael worked with Crown Cards and Avon before joining POL Advertising in 1996. He joined the Straits Times in 1998. Find a few of his paintings here. Mike turns 45 today.


Sara Harvey is a designer for the Lee Enterprises design center in Munster, Ind. A 2009 graduate of Chicago’s Columbia College, Sara served as copy desk chief and then managing editor for the student paper there, the Columbia Chronicle. She interned for the Chicago Tribune‘s RedEye as a designer and copy editor. She went to work for the Times of Northwest Indiana in 2011. She also freelances — the Chicago Headline Club is one of her clients. Find her portfolio here.


Max Schulte is assistant photo editor for the Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester, N.Y. A 1996 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Max went to work as a shooter for the D&C in 1997 and has been there for 18 years. Find his Twitter feed here. Max turns 43 today.


Rinku Sharma is DNE for design at the Hindustan Times of Delhi, India. A graduate of the government college of Dharmshala, he turns 32 today.


Lon Wagner is director of communications for Ameritox, a manufacturer of medication monitoring solutions in Baltimore, Md. A 1986 graduate of the University of Delaware, Lon spent nearly 15 years as a reporter and project editor for the Virginian-Pilot. In 2009, Lon left the Pilot for ValueOptions, a behavioral health company. He leaped to Ameritox in 2012. Find his Twitter feed here.

Rinku, Max, Sara, Kevin, Mike and Lon share a birthday with actors Paul Leonard Newman and Theodore Scott Glenn; musicians Lucinda Williams, Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen and Anita Baker; dancer Kherington Taylor Payne; sports greats Wayne Douglas Gretzky (hockey), Vincent Lamar “Vince” Carter (basketball), James Torrey Smith, Manti Malietau Louis Te’o (both football), Henry Thomas Cotton (golf) and Robert George “Bob” Uecker (announcer); football coach-turned-sex abuser Gerald Arthur “Jerry” Sandusky; general Douglas MacArthur; authors Angela Davis and Philip José Farmer; cartoonist Jules Ralph Feiffer and TV hosts Ellen DeGeneres and Eugene Kal “Gene” Siskel.

In addition, today is National Peanut Brittle Day, Toad Hollow Day of Encouragement, Lotus 1-2-3 Day and Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Seriously.

Have a great birthday, folks! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Sunday, Jan. 25

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to seven fabulous visual journalists…


Greg Branson is assistant managing editor for presentation and innovation for the Kansas City Star. A 1992 graduate of Kansas State University, Greg spent two years as an artist for the News-Leader of Springfield, Mo., before becoming assistant graphics editor and A1 designer for the Star Tribune of Minneapolis. In 2003, Greg became editor of the Osawatomie (Kan.) Graphic and then publisher of three community papers in Miami County, Kansas. He moved to Kansas City in 2006. Greg turns 45 today.


Carrie Gee is design director for Adweek magazine in New York City. A 2007 graduate of Michigan State University, Carrie served an internship at the Virginian-Pilot in 2006 and then, as the first-ever winner of the Society for News Design’s “the Intern” contest, worked at the San Jose Mercury News the next year. She became A1 news designer for the the Portland Oregonian in 2007 but left two years after her fiancé, Martin Gee, started work for the Boston Globe. She and Martin got married in 2011 and Carrie started work — as a designer for Ready-Media and the Font Bureau in Boston and art director for Edible Vineyard magazine — that summer. She moved to her current position in 2013. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Carrie turns 31 today.


Amanda Goehlert is a publications designer for Sport Graphics of Indianapolis. A 2004 graduate of the University of Missouri, Amanda earned a Master’s Degree from Ball State University and interned at the Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Va., and the Dallas Morning News. She spent four-and-a-half years as A1 designer at the Indianapolis Star before departing for Sport Graphics in 2010. Find her personal portfolio site here. Amanda turns 33 today.


Huy Mach is a photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He’s a 2003 graduate of Western Kentucky University. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here.


Christina Nuckols is communications advisor to the Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources. A graduate of Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., Christina earned a master’s degree from Ohio University and worked at a series of papers in western Virginia. She spent a year at the state capitol reporting for the Roanoke Times before switching over to a corporate sister paper, the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, to cover state government and politics. She later moved to the Pilot’s editorial page and then, in 2012, back to Roanoke as editorial page editor. She moved into the public sector last year. Find her Twitter feed here. Christina turns 48 today.


Mary Lynn Rynkiewicz is director of communications for the General Aviation Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C. 1996 graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts, Mary Lynn earned a master’s degree in 1997 from Columbia University and worked as a features editor, online editor and publicist for the Hill in Washington, D.C. She also taught a class on political journalism at Georgetown University. In 2005, she joined the Newspaper Association of America’s PressTime magazine as a staff writer. After NAA closed down PressTime in 2009, Mary Lynn spent a year as a senior proposal writer for SRA International and another year as an editorial manager for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. She spent a year as communications and contract manager for the NextGen Institute before starting in her current position in 2013.


Melanie Wass is a senior page designer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. A graduate of the University of Phoenix-Pittsburgh, Melanie joined the Tribune-Review in 1999. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.

Carrie, Amanda, Huy, Melanie Greg, Christina and Mary Lynn share a birthday with actor Dean Carroll Jones; musicians Alicia Augello Cook (better known as Alicia Keys), Jamesetta Hawkins (better known as Etta James) and Richard Raymond Finch (of KC and the Sunshine Band); director Tobe Hooper; writers Adeline Virginia Woolf, William Somerset Maugham and Robert Burns; sports greats Carl Eller and Louis Roy “Lou” Groza (football), Elzie Wylie “Buddy” Baker Jr. (auto racing), Xavier “Xavi” Hernández i Creus (soccer), Maria Yuryevna Kirilenko (tennis), Steve Roland Prefontaine (track and field) and William Ernest “Ernie” Harwell (baseball announcer); Filipino leader Maria Corazon Sumulong Cojuangco-Aquino; TV newsman Edwin Harold Newman; music journalist Timothy White and comic book creator Geoff Johns.

In addition, today is National Irish Coffee Day, A Room of One’s Own Day, Opposite Day, Soup Swap Day, World Leprosy Day and Macintosh Computer Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday, all! Best wishes!

Birthdays for Saturday, Jan. 24

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


Judie Anderson spent 19 years as an art director and illustrator for the Chicago Tribune before retiring in 2001. She’s a 1960 graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she studied under LeRoy Nieman. She spent several years as an illustrator of children’s textbooks before joining the Tribune in 1982. Get a glimpse of some of her work here. Judie turns 76 today.


Whitney Baker is web production and design manager for the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. A 2011 graduate of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, Whitney worked on the city and multimedia desks of the student paper there, the Daily Tar Heel and studied abroad at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Mendoza, Argentina. She interned at Paste magazine in Decatur, Ga., served a fellowship with UNC’s News21 project and then interned at the Duke Center for Documentary Studies in Durham. She also spent a year as a community coordinator for the Music Maker Relief Foundation in Hillsborough, N.C. She took on her current job last summer. Whitney turns 26 today.


Julie Elman is a professor at Ohio University. I’m on the record as calling her quite possibly the greatest A1 designer the world has ever seen. Her work at the Virginian-Pilot was nothing short of astounding. Julie joined the Pilot in 1994 as a night photo editor and then a designer. She taught at the University of Missouri for a year, then returned to the Pilot. She moved to Ohio in 2005. Her interesting artistic hobby: People write and tell her their fears and she illustrates it. Find her collection here and her blog here.


Sean Gentille is an NHL writer for the Sporting News, based in Pittsburgh, Pa. A 2008 graduate of the University of Maryland, Sean served internships with USA Today, the Baltimore Sun and the Washington Post, most often working the dot-com side. He joined the Sporting News to work with an experimental PDF publication called Sporting News Today in 2008. He was promoted in 2011 to senior editor, in charge of hockey and hoops. He moved to the writing side in 2013. Find his story archive here and his Twitter feed here. Sean turns 29 today.


Deon Lamprecht is an editor, fact-checker and rewriter for Huisgenoot and You, popular general-interest magazines for Afrikaans and English-speaking readers, respectively, in South Africa. Previously, Deon was an assistant editor and features writer for Rapport, the national Afrikaans-language Sunday paper published in Johannesburg.


Jolene McHugh is an imaging specialist for the World-Herald of Omaha, Neb.

Whitney, Sean, Jolene, Deon, Julie and Judie share a birthday with actors John Adam Belushi, Ermes Effron Borgnino (better known as Ernest Borgnine), Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski (better known as Nastassia Kinski), Sharon Marie Tate, Matthew Lyn Lillard, Mischa Anne Marsden Barton, Kristen Schaal and Tatyana Marisol Ali; musicians Neil Leslie Diamond, Warren William Zevon, Julian Miles “Jools” Holland and Aaron Neville; comedian Yakov Naumovich Pokhis (better known as Yakov Smirnoff), sports greats Brian Cushing (football), Scott Andrew Speed (auto racing) and Mary Lou Retton (gymnastics), zoologist Desmond John Morris, televangelist Granville Oral Roberts and former presidential girlfriend Gertrude Gennifer Flowers.

In addition, today is Belly Laugh Day, Beer Can Day, National Compliment Day, National Peanut Butter Day, Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day and Fancy Rat and Mouse Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday, all! Best wishes!