Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five top-notch visual journalists…
Scott Burgess is Detroit editor for Motor Trend magazine. A 1993 graduate of UCLA, Scott worked for Chrysler and then served as Middle East bureau chief and European editor for Stars and Stripes. He moved to the Detroit News as an auto critic in 2005. After a high-profile dust-up with his editors in 2011 — during which he quit after his editors changed one of his reviews in order to please an advertiser but returned to his job a few days later — he left the News for good in 2012. He spent a year as senior editor for AOL Autos in Birmingham, Mich., and then went to work for Motor Trend in 2013. Find his Twitter feed here. Scott turns 48 today.
Anne Geggis is city reporter for the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. A 1989 graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., Anne spent 10-and-a-half years with the Burlington, Vt., Free Press. She moved to the Daytona Beach News-Journal in 1999 and then slid over to the Gainesville Sun in 2011. She joined the Sun Sentinel in 2012. In addition, Anne is president of the Florida Press Club. Find her Twitter feed here.
Kathleen Grones is an editorial assistant at the Victoria (Texas) Advocate. A 1986 graduate of Texas A&M, she spent several years working at the Faith Academy in Victoria before joining the Advocate. Find her Twitter feed here.
Nancy Reese retired three years ago as training and technology editor for the editing and presentation department of the Chicago Tribune. A 1978 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Nancy spent five years as a copy editor at the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights, Ill., before moving to the Tribune in 1980. She now does consulting and research work.
Luke Trautwein is art director for the Brewers Association in Boulder, Colo., designing New Brewer magazine. Previously, he was a designer for for the Charlotte Observer. Find his portfolio here.
Luke, Anne, Kathleen, Scott and Nancy share a birthday with actors Matthew Paige “Matt” Damon, Susan Alexandra “Sigourney” Weaver, Cornelius Crane “Chevy” Chase, Darrell Hammond, Stephanie Zimbalist, Emily Mallory Procter, Paul Hogan, John Feggo Jr. (better known as Kirk Alyn); Nicholas Scott “Nick” Cannon and Angus Turner Jones (the “half” from Two and a Half Men); musicians John William “Johnny” Ramone (of the Ramones), Robert Earl “Kool” Bell (of Kool and the Gang) and Peter Gene Hernandez (better known as Bruno Mars); sports greats Matthew Nicholas Biondi (swimming), Frederick Sydney “Fred” Stolle (tennis), William Clyde “Bill” Elliott (auto racing) and Travis Alan Pastrana (motorcycle racing); writers Franklin Patrick Herbert Jr. and Robert Lawrence “R.L.” Stine; comic book creator Harvey Lawrence Pekar; aviator Edward Vernon Rickenbacker; Argentinian leader Juan Domingo Perón; civil rights leader Jesse Louis Jackson Jr.; politician Dennis John Kucinich; Netflix co-founder Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. and gossip columnist Rona Barrett.
In addition, today is National Depression Screening Day, World Octopus Day, World Sight Day and Alvin C. York Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday, everybody! Best wishes!