Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to a pair of superlative visual journalists…
Rob Covey is a design and content consultant for web, apps and print via his company, Rob Covey Design, based in Bethesda, Md. He’s also the chief digital media officer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A 1969 graduate of Occidental College, Rob spent two years as art director of the Arizona Daily Star and eight years as art director of the Seattle Times before moving to U.S. News and World Report as design director in 1987. He was named senior vice president for content and design at Discovery Communications (as in the Discovery Channel) in 2000 and then became managing editor and creative director for National Geographic Digital Media in 2007. He left National Geographic in 2011. Find Rob’s Twitter feed here.
Joe Knowles is associate managing editor of the Chicago Tribune in charge of the Tribune’s editing and print presentation teams. He spent several years as sports news editor and then was one of the founding editors of RedEye, the Tribune’s wildly successful free commuter tab. He was promoted to AME in 2008. Find his Twitter feed here. Joe turns 57 today.
Joe and Rob share a birthday with actors Michael John Douglas (better known as Michael Keaton), George Robert “Bob” Newhart, Jo Raquel Tajada (better known as Raquel Welch), George Robert Lazenby, Carolina Maria Laraia (better known as Carol Lawrence), William Joseph Devane and Rose Arianna McGowan; musicians Farrokh Bulsara (better known as Freddie Mercury), Ricky Fataar, John Stewart (of the Kingston Trio), Dweezil Zappa, Loudon Wainwright III and Alastair Ian “Al” Stewart; director Daryl Francis Zanuck; model Patti McGuire; sports greats Kim Yu-Na (ice skating), Daniel Colt McCoy, Willie James Gault (both football), Paul Dietzel (football coach) and William Stanley “Bill” Mazeroski (baseball); economist Paul Adolph Volcker Jr.; longtime Motion Picture Association of America president Jack Valenti; old-west outlaw Jesse Gregory James, distiller Jasper Newton “Jack” Daniel and cartoonist Cathy Lee Guisewite.
In addition, today is Franchise Appreciation Day, Jury Rights Day, the International Day of Charity, Be Late for Something Day, Pet Rock Day and Bacon Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday today, you two! Best wishes!