Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five wonderful visual journalists…
For many years, Marshall Matlock has been the director of the Society for News Design’s annual creative competition. A graduate of Central Michigan University, Marshall taught at Syracuse University for 33 years, retiring in 2006. He’s still an emeritus professor there. Marshall turn 71 today.
Margo Morgan is a web developer for Wells Fargo in Des Moines, Iowa. A 2002 graduate of the University of Iowa, Margo spent two years as an artist for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun before joining the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star in 2005. She was promoted to graphics editor three years later. Margo moved to Des Moines two years ago. Find her portfolio here and her blog here.
Daniel Ramirez is a designer for the Arizona Daily Star of Tucson. He spent two years as a designer for Nogales International before joining the Daily Star as an IT tech in 2001. He moved into graphic design the next year.
James Stordahl is a retired writer, editor and photographer in Ankeny, Iowa. A 1974 graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, James served as a public affairs official for the U.S. Army National Guard and as a postmaster, a newsletter editor for the U.S. Postal Service. He served as speechwriter for the Postmaster General. He shoots photos at weddings and appears as an extra in movies. Find his movie casting site here, his blog here and his Twitter feed here.
Susan White is a Raleigh, N.C.-based writer and editor with the University of North Carolina’s school of social work. A graduate of Campbell University, Susan worked at a number of papers in North Carolina before joining the Virginian-Pilot in 2000. She left in 2008 to move back to North Carolina.
Margo, Daniel, Karenna, James, Susan and Marshall share a birthday with actors Mary Sean Young, Veronica Hamel, Mary Cathleen Collins (better known as Bo Derek), Estelle Margaret Parsons and Cody Martin Linley; musicians Joseph Fidler “Joe” Walsh, Howard Duane Allman, Joshua Otis Turner, Norman Greenbaum, Michael Diamond (of the Beastie Boys), Jim Brickman and Dierks Bentley; TV hosts Richard Remick “Dick” Smothers, Colin Lionel Emm (better known as Richard Dawson) and Alfred Alistar Cooke; radio host Steven Robert “Steve” Dahl; comedian Stewart Robert Einstein (better known as Super Dave Osborne); novelist Don DeLillo; astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble; sports greats Dominique Dawes (gymnastics), Robert James “Rick” Monday Jr. and David Jonathan “J.D.” Drew (both baseball); politicians Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden Jr., Cornelius Calvin Sale Jr. (better known as Robert Carlyle Byrd) and Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy and New York Times associate editor Raymond Walter “Johnny” Apple Jr. (no relation to yours truly).
In addition to the Great American Smokeout, today is Use Less Stuff Day, Name Your PC Day, National Peanut Butter Fudge Day, African Industrialization Day and Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day (or G.O.H.A.R.D.). Seriously.
Best wishes, all! Have a fabulous birthday today!