Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five fine, fine folks…
Mohammed Alabri is a multimedia specialist for the Public Authority for Radio and Television in Muscat, Oman. A 2012 graduate of the Nizwa College of Applied Science, Mohammed interned at the Oman Establishment for Press, Publication and Advertising and with Brand One Media and Public Relations. Find Mohammed’s Twitter feed here.
Randy Foster is managing editor of the Sun Journal of New Bern, N.C. A 1982 graduate of Cal State Northridge, Randy spent seven years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps and then worked as a private investigator and an insurance adjuster before entering journalism as a reporter for the Daily Journal of Ukiah, Calif. He worked for a number of small papers in California and New Mexico before becoming news editor of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer in 2001. He made a go of running a small independent paper in Fayetteville and doing some consulting before taking command in New Bern in 2009. Find his Twitter feed here. Randy turns 55 today.
Katie O’Leary is a designer for Jacqueline Wells Photography and Design of Cleveland, Ohio. A 2013 graduate of Ohio University in Athens, she worked as a page-one designer for the student paper there, the Post. Katie served internships at WYEP-FM in Pittsburgh, the Chautauquan Daily in New York and with UQ marketing, a peer-to-peer marketing group. She moved into her current position in 2013. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Katie turns 24 today.
Jeanette Garcia Polasky is a speechwriter and communications specialist for the Baltimore County government in Towson, Md. A 2003 graduate of Duquesne University, Jeanette worked for the Evening Review of East Liverpool, Ohio, and as a correspondence analyst for the city of Baltimore. She earned a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in 2008 before becoming deputy director of correspondence and constituent services for the city of Baltimore mayor’s office. She also serves as an executive production coordinator for Clearpath Entertainment and is associate editor of Shockwave magazine. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here.
Eva Finley is a retired postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service. She worked the last few months of her career out of the same post office where she started out as a rural lettercarrier back in the early 1980s in Bradley, S.C. Along the way, she was postmaster in a number of towns in Texas and South Carolina, edited the state postmasters’ newsletters for both states and finally served as editor of the national newsletter for the National Association of Postmasters –a newsletter that, really, was more of a slick magazine.
Eva Jane is also my mother. Surely you can see the resemblance in that picture, taken in 2010 when she hired me to speak to a gathering of state postmaster newsletter editors in Washington, D.C.
Here’s a funny story about my Mom: She was on her way to Houston when she found out I was interviewing for a job here in Victoria. She hadn’t seen me in a couple of years — since I had moved to the West coast — so you can probably guess what she did.
I have the only mom in the world who’d crash a job interview.
Mom is something like 39 years old today. Which doesn’t explain how she has a 52-year-old son. But, whatever…
Katie, Jeanette, Mohammed, Randy and Mom share a birthday with actors Elijah Jordan Wood, Barbara Klein (better known as Barbi Benton) and Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo (better known as Alan Alda); musicians Sarah Ann McLachlan, Arthur Rubinstein, William Leonard Roberts II (better known as Rock Ro$$), Joseph Anthony “Joey” Fatone Jr. (of ‘N Synch) and Nicholas Gene “Nick” Carter (of the Backstreet Boys); sports greats Jessica Ennis (track and field), Daunte Rachard Culpepper (football), Andre Tyler Iguodala (basketball), Jermaine Trevell Dye and Magglio José Ordóñez Delgado (both baseball); authors Susan Sontag and Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (who normally went only by her last name); painter Paul Jackson Pollock; French leader Nicholas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa and comedian-turned-TV reporter Maurice Alberto “Mo” Rocca.
In addition, today is Data Privacy Day, National Kazoo Day and Thank a Plug In Developer Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday, y’all! Best wishes!