Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to six extraordinary visual journalists…
Marsha Blackburn is a quality assurance specialist and technical writer for the Research Triangle Institute in the Raleigh/Durham area of North Carolina. A graduate of the nearby University of North Carolina, Marsha spent seven years as features editor for the Fayetteville Observer and then three years as assistant editor of the Triangle Observer before moving to the News & Observer of Raleigh in 1991. She stayed there for 18 years, serving as an assistant metro editor, editor of 50 Plus, a producer for Nando Media, coordinator for Triangle.com and a content producer for NewsObserver.com. She moved to the RTI in 2009 as a proposal manager and slid over to her new duties in in 2012.
Bill Blauvelt is managing editor and president of the Superior Publishing Co. of Lincoln, Neb., and the Superior Express. A 1969 graduate of Kansas State University. Bill turns 69 today.
Victor Caballero is a freelance visual and data journalist based in Madrid, Spain. A graduate of the Universidad San Pablo, Victor spent a year as a broadcast coordinator for IUCR Instituto Radiofónico de la Comunicación Radiofónica, a year with LetsBuyIt.com and then another year as a visual journalist with el Mundo before going freelance in 2002. Find his web site here and his Twitter feed here. Victor turns 40 today.
Bruce Henderson is a freelance photographer, writer and editor based in Ormond Beach, Fla. A 1969 graduate of the University of California, Riverside, Bruce worked as a reporter, a photographer and an editor for the Palm Beach Post, the Press & Journal of Vero Beach, the News of Okeechobee, Fla., the Sun of Avon Park, Fla., the Times-Enterprise of Thomasville, Ga., the Coastal Courier of Hinesville, Ga. and the Daily Star of Hammond, La. He joined the News-Journal of Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1990 and worked there 24 years, much of it on the night copy desk and as assistant news editor. Bruce turns 68 today.
Elsolet Joubert is an instructional designer for Discovery Health in Johannesburg, South Africa. A 2004 graduate of Northwest University, Elsolet spent two years as an artist for Beeld, the Afrikaans-language daily in Johannesburg. She left in 2007 to join an advertising agency but returned the next year to concentrate on business graphics via Media24′s business news unit, Sake24. In 2010, she moved into the brand new graphics unit, Graphics24, where I had the pleasure of working with her again. In 2012, she made her first trip to the U.S. to attend the Kalish Visual Editing Workshop in Muncie, Ind., and then spent a week studying with me in in Virginia Beach. She left newspapers again last summer. In her spare time — believe it or not — Elsolet attends law school. Find her web site here. Elsolet turns 33 today.
Kristen Huth Rowe is a school librarian in Pittsburgh, Pa. A 2009 graduate of Penn State University, Kristen served as managing editor for design her senior year at the Daily Collegian. She majored in journalism, minored in French and interned at the Virginian-Pilot and the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. She won nice scholarship from the American Copy Editors Society, obtained a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh and began working at a local high school in 2012. She continued to work at the Tribune-Review through 2013. Kristen turns 28 today.
Kristen, Elsolet, Victor, Marsha, Bruce and Bill share a birthday with actors Lisa Edelstein, Edward Ernest “Judge” Reinhold Jr., Laurence Tureaud (better known as Mr. T), Raymond William Stacey Burr, Mary Margaret “Peggy” Cass and Sarah Emily Ramos; musicians Christopher George Latore Wallace (better known as Biggie Smalls or the Notorious B.I.G.), Wouter “Gotye” De Backer, Adam Wade Gontier (of Three Days Grace), Gerard Hugh “Leo” Sayer and Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller; sports greats Kent Allen Hrbek, Joshua Holt “Josh” Hamilton, Matthew Richard “Matt” Wieters (all three baseball), Robert Joseph “Bobby” Cox (baseball manager), Thomas Robert “Tom” Daley (diving), Herbert Dorsey Levens and Errick Lynne “Ricky” Williams Jr. (football), Dave Wannstedt and Ara Raoul Parseghian (football coaches); photographer Vernon Joseph Biever; painter Henri Julien Félix Rousseau; poet Alexander Pope; novelist Harold Rubin (better known as Harold Robbins); serial murderer Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer; comedian-turned-senator Alan Stuart “Al” Franken; aviator Glenn Hammond Curtiss; physicist Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov and philosopher Plato.
In addition to Red Nose Day, today is Rapture Party Day, Hummus Day, National Wait Staff Day, One Day Without Shoes and I Need a Patch for That Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday, folks! Best wishes!