Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four wonderful visual journalists…
Kimiko Fieg has been presentation editor for the Victoria (Texas) Advocate for the past eight years. A graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta, Kiko spent 22 years as a graphic artist for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Find her Twitter feed here.
John Hays was a graphic artist with the Herald of Rock Hill, S.C., and then with the Army Times in Springfield, Va. And then, I completely lost touch with him. Not quite sure where he is now or what he’s doing. But he’s a very talented guy. Last I heard, he was moving to Tybee Island, Ga. And yes, that’s a very old picture of him. John is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Janie Jones is director of communications at the American Association of University Women of Michigan in Detroit. A graduate of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, Janie served as that school’s corporate recruiter and outreach coordinator before moving to the Detroit Regional News Hub in 2009 as public affairs and media relations manager. She’s been with the AAUW for two years.
Randy Stano is a professor in the University of Miami’s School of Communication and a member of the school’s Arrow Honor Society. A 1971 graduate of the University of Texas, Randy was named Texas High School Journalism Teacher of the Year and National Journalism Teacher of the Year before earning a master’s degree in journalism from Syracuse University in 1979. Randy worked as assistant art director for the Kansas City Star and Kansas City Times, director of editorial art and design at the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., and director of editorial art and design for the Miami Herald. Randy served as president of the Society for News Design in 1992 and was the SND’s quickcourse chairman for several years. Those Hawaiian-style shirts I enjoy wearing? I was inspired to try them after observing Randy wearing them at a quickcourse, more than a decade-and-a-half ago. Randy turns 67 today.
Janie, John, Kimiko and Randy share a birthday with actors Bijou Lilly Phillips, Taran Hourie Killam, Elizabeth Alice “Ali” McGraw, Annette Toole (better known as Annette O’Toole), Alexander Gordon Jump, Mary Frances “Debbie” Reynolds, Leonidas Frank “Lon” Chaney and Toshirō Mifune; reality TV personalities Jonathan Keith “Jon” Gosselin and Susan Magdalane Boyle; musicians James Chambers (better known as Jimmy Cliff) and Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff; sports greats Elizabeth “Beth” Kimberly Tweddle (gymnastics), Philip Henry Niekro (baseball), Brook Lopez (basketball), Ronald Scott Stevens (hockey), Sean Michael Maurice Taylor (football) and Glenn Edward “Bo” Schembechler (football coach); the first Chancellor of Germany, Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck; sci-fi author Anne Inez McCaffrey; historian William Raymond Manchester and political commentator Rachel Anne Maddow.
In addition to April Fools Day, today is Atheist Day, International Tatting Day, National Walking Day and the National Day of Hope. Seriously.
Best wishes, folks! Have a terrific birthday!