Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six talented visual journalists…
Mary Cornatzer is Sunday editor for the News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. A 1981 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Mary has worked a number of positions at the N&O including reporter, columnist and features editor, state government and business editor. Find her Twitter feed here.
Andrés Recio Gómez is a designer for E-commerce Networks of Madrid. A 1995 graduate of the college in Navalcarnero, Andrés has worked with Madrid’s el Mundo and el Economista, Import Cable News, the international art agency Grafia, technical firms Albalia Technology and T. Sanz and with the public relations arm of the Spanish navy. Find his portfolio here.
George Hanns is a web content editor for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. A 1999 graduate of the University of Florida, George spent nearly two years as an agate clerk and copy editor for the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun. He spent 14 years as presentation editor for sports at the Daytona Beach News-Journal. He moved to Embry-Riddle in 2013.
Dathan Kazsuk is design editor for the Triangle Business Journal in Raleigh, N.C. A 1993 graduate of Merced College in California, Dathan designs and shoots photos for the weekly publication. Find his Twitter feed here. Dathan turns 42 today.
Jerry Tachiona works for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corp. He’s a graduate of Hillside Teachers College.
Sharon Apple is a special education teacher — temporarily in semi-”retirement” — currently living with her parents in Lilburn, Ga.
She also happens to be my wife.
sold dumped our house in Virginia Beach in 2013, Sharon moved our daughter, Elizabeth, to California to live with me. Sharon moved to Lilburn — in the northeastern suburbs of Atlanta — to help care for her parents for a while. The plan was for her to join us one day.
The plan, however, evolved. If that’s the word for it.
I became unnerved at the financial situation of my newspaper in California, so I leaped last Thanksgiving to a small paper in Texas. Which, in turn, I found to not be a good fit for me. So we moved again, last month, to Houston.
In the meantime, Sharon’s not going anywhere anytime soon. She’s gone back to teaching — although just part-time. I believe she starts back this week, in fact.
Sharon attended Winthrop College in Rock Hill, S.C., where she met me in the fall of 1982. She graduated in 1985 — a year behind me — and has followed me during all my career moves through Georgia and South Carolina, Raleigh, Chicago, Des Moines and to Virginia Beach, where we lived from 2003 until my move to California.
Here’s an interesting thing about Sharon: She’s actually world-famous. “Sharon Apple,” you see, is the name of a character in an old Japanese “manga” cartoon called Macross Plus.
Sharon Apple is an evil computer-generated holographic pop star who, in the year 2039, tries to take over the world via her music.
In addition, Sharon is an animal lover. Over the years, we’ve had guinea pigs, turtles, dogs, cats and lizards. Several of her menagerie have passed away, unfortunately. All we have left right now are two cats living with us here in Houston…
…from left to right: Pickles and Bones — and, in Georgia, Sharon’s rabbit, Sage…
…and her bearded dragon, Larry.
Larry is a female. Don’t ask.
Larry has no toes. Just four stubs. Don’t ask.
Sharon used to be a year-and-a-half younger than me, but I think she passed me a while back. I’m not quite sure how old she is now, but I’m pretty sure she’s still in double digits.
As if all this wasn’t enough: Tomorrow — Monday — is our 30th anniversary.
Andrés, Dathan, Jerry, Mary, George and Sharon share a birthday with actorsSamuel Henry J. Worthington, Mary-Louise Parker, Peter Seamus Lorcan O’Toole, John Carroll O’Connor, Myrna Adele Williams (better known as Myrna Loy), Joanna Virginia Cassidy, George Edward Maxwell Wright, Edward Walter Furlong, Patrick Alan Cates (better known as Butch Patrick), Hallie Kate Eisenberg and Victoria Jackson; musicians Neill Kirby McMillan Jr. (better known as Mojo Nixon) and Andrew Gold; sports greats Billy Cannon (football), Aaron Krickstein (tennis), Skylar Kierra Diggins (basketball) and Linda Sue Fratianne (figure skating); artist John French Sloan; Judge Lance Allan Ito; novelist James Arthur Baldwin; directors Kevin Patrick Smith and Wesley Earl “Wes” Craven and the Atlantic Monthly’s James Fallows.
In addition, today is National Kids’ Day, National Doll Day, Sisters’ Day, Friendship Day and Take a Penny/Leave a Penny Day. Seriously.
Have a terrific birthday, y’all! Best wishes!