Birthdays for Saturday, July 26

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five excellent folks…


Christoph Fuhrmans is a web producer for the New York Times. A 1996 graduate of the University of Kansas, Christoph spent a year as a copy editor for the Island Packet of Hilton Head, S.C., before moving to a sports design spot at the Savannah Morning News. He became a sports designer at the Detroit Free Press in 2000 and then sports design leader at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2005. He moved to the web side in 2008 as a sports producer for the AJC. He moved to the Times in 2011. Find his Twitter feed here. Christoph turns 41 today.


Caity Pelliccia is a clinical associate at the Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, Virginia. A 2009 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Caity interned at the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C., the Hartford Courant and the Dallas Morning News before joining the Roanoke (Va.) Times in 2009, where she designed and co-edited the Edge, a section aimed at high schoolers. She left the Times nearly four years ago in order to go to nursing school. Find her Twitter feed here. Caity turns 27 today.


Dale Peskin is founder, principal and curator at iFOCOS and We Media Group of Reston, Va. A 1972 graduate of Youngstown State University, Dale spent seven years as deputy managing editor of the Detroit News and then five more as vice president of Belo Interactive and the Dallas Morning News. In 2002, Dale was named managing director of the American Press Institute. He left API in 2006 to found his consulting groups. Find his Twitter feed here. Dale turns 65 today.


Chris Pirillo is a blogger and TV host. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Chris attended the University of Northern Iowa. In 1996, he created LockerGnome, a technology mailing list, which has grown into a bit of an empire for him. He spent two years as the host of Call for Help on TechTV. He’s written a number of books, blogs prolifically and, for more than a decade, hosted an annual LockerGnome conference. Find his blog here, his Twitter feed here and his daily videos here. Find LockerGnome itself here. Chris turns 41 today.


Ananda Spadt is an assistant art director for Meredith Publications in Des Moines, Iowa. A 2006 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Ananda worked at the Kitsap Sun in Bremerton, Wash., and then the Hartford Courant before moving back home to Nebraska in 2008. She illustrated and designed features pages for the Omaha World-Herald before moving over to the magazine side. She served as creative director of Wedding Essentials and Inspired Home Omaha magazines, both published by the World-Herald. She moved to Iowa in 2013. Find her portfolio here and here. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Ananda turns 30 today.

Caity, Ananda, Christoph, Chris and Dale share a birthday with actors Sandra Annette Bullock, Kevin Spacey Fowler, Helen Lydia Mironoff (better known as Helen Mirren), Jason Nelson Robards Jr., Vivian Roberta Jones (better known as Vivian Vance), Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie “Gracie” Allen, Taylor Michel Momsen, Jeremy Samual Piven, Kathryn Bailey “Kate” Beckinsale, Elizabeth Egan Gillies and Nana Tucker (better known as Nana Visitor); musicians Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger, Darlene Wright (better known as Darlene Love), Lawrence Darrow Brown (better known as Dobie Gray) and Roger Meddows Taylor (of Queen); directors Stanley Kubrick, Peter Hyams and William Blake Crump (better known as Blake Edwards); sports greats Dorothy Stuart Hamill (figure skating), Kelly Clark (snowboarding), Robert Lewis “Bob” Lilly, Robert Stanton “Bob” Waterfield and Thomas Franklin “Tommy” McDonald (all three football); psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung; novelist Aldous Leonard Huxley; playwright George Bernard Shaw; RFK campaign aide Mary Jo Kopechne and former New York Times features writer Rick Bragg.

In addition, today is National Dance Day, National Day of the Cowboy, One Voice Day and Paddle for Perthes Disease Awareness Day. Seriously.

Have a wonderful birthday today, all! Best wishes!

More fun with nameplates: U-T San Diego

The annual Comic-Con comics, scifi and entertainment convention is being held in San Diego this week.

UT-San Diego has been celebrating with these fun comics-themed nameplate treatments illustrated by the paper’s award-winning editorial cartoonist Steve Breen.

Wednesday’s nameplate featured a hyphen that’s turned into zombie food.


In Thursday’s nameplate, the Man of Steel is stealing the “T.”


And there is a little lightsaber accident in today’s nameplate.


UPDATE – Saturday, July 26


A 1994 graduate of UC Riverside, Steve spent nearly five years as cartoonist for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey before moving back to the west coast in 2001.


Steve has won two Pulitzer prizes: In 1998 and 2009. Find galleries of his work here and here. Find his Twitter feed here.

More U-T San Diego Comic-Con coverage…

  • 2011: the paper went all out with fun comics-themed illustrations and special sections.
  • 2012: Steve created a sketchbook every day of Comic-Con.
  • 2013: The paper explained the business of small press comics by having small press comics creator (and former Union-Tribune staffer) Paul Horn tell all via — what else? — an extended comic strip.

Follow U-T San Diego‘s coverage of Comic-Con 2014 here.

Deep in the Heart of Texsa…

Did you see the University of Texas’ 2014 football media guide?

Check out the school’s web address in the footer of this sample page.


Here’s a closer look:


And it was like that for all 99+ pages. Until the laughing began. Then, the folks at UT fixed their downloadable PDF files pretty quickly.

Matt Lombardi of College Spun writes:

A huge deal? Nope, but it sure is amusing.

But Brendan Maloy of Sports Illustrated summed it up even better:

This will likely prove to be fodder for thousands of internet memes, message board posts and, most importantly, clever “College Gameday” signs.

Thanks to Dyrinda Tyson of Oklahoma Today for the tip.

Birthdays for Friday, July 25

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to five wonderful folks…


Ariel Cheung is crime enterprise reporter for the Post-Crescent of Appleton, Wis. A 2012 graduate of The University of Cincinnati, Ariel started out as a reporter for the independent student paper there, the News Record. She eventually served as the paper’s editor-in-chief. She worked internships at the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times. She spent a year as the cops and courts reporter at the Register-Mail of Galesburg, Ill., where she was named a GateHouse news writer of the year.  She joined the Post-Crescent last year. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here. Ariel turns 24 today.


Richard Curtis retired in December 2008 after 27 years as managing editor for graphics and photo of USA Today. A 1972 graduate of N.C. State University in Raleigh, Richard was previously an assistant managing editor at the Baltimore News American. He was one of the founders of the Society for News Design, receiving SND’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Richard turns 68 today.


Sam Posh Debray is an expert in marketing, born in France and now based in Hout Bay, South Africa. These days, however, she’s better known as the mom of the fabulous SoapGirls, whose first album — Xperience — was released in that country in late 2011. I’m told their second album is being produced right now. I’ve written about the girls extensively. I took the picture above, in fact, when I was invited to their home in February 2011 for a preview of their CD. Find the SoapGirls’ web site here, their SoundCloud page here, their Facebook page here and their Twitter feed here. Find Posh’s Twitter feed here.


Amy Huschka is assistant editor for social media at the Detroit Free Press. A 1994 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., Amy spent time as a features editor for the Anderson, S.C., Independent-Mail and then a news designer for the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News before moving to Detroit in 2000 as a features designer. She moved to the digital side in 2012 and then was promoted to her current position in 2013. Her husband, Robert Huschka, is the Freep’s editor for news and presentation. Find her Twitter feed here.


Chloe Park is a user experience designer for OpenTable, a restaurant reservation software company based in San Francisco, Calif. A 2010 graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chloe served internships at the Arizona Republic, Condé Nast Publications, the Morehead Planetarium, Pathos Ethos and at USA Today — the latter as a high schooler, in fact. She returned to USA Today full-time in 2010 to work in the paper’s “glossy publications” division. She moved to the west coast in 2012 to work for Curio, a design consultancy. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here. Chloe turns 26 today.

Ariel, Chloe, Amy, Posh and Richard share a birthday with actors Matthew Steven LeBlanc, James Martin Lafferty, Linda Ann Hopkins (better known as Tera Patrick), Michael Alan Welch, Walter Andrew Brennan and Estelle Scher-Gettleman (better known as Estelle Getty); musicians Thurston Joseph Moore (of Sonic Youth) and Anthony Peter Strascina (better known as Tony Vincent); sports greats Douglas Dean Drabek, William Edward “Billy” Wagner (both baseball), Nathaniel “Nate” Thurmond (basketball), Evgeni Viktorovich Nabokov (hockey), Walter Payton (football) and John Alexander Robinson (football coach); biophysicist Rosalind Elsie Franklin, Louise Joy Brown (the world’s first test-tube baby) and illustrator Maxfield Parrish.

In addition, today is Thread the Needle Day, Lumberjack Day, National Talk in an Elevator Day, System Administrator Appreciation Day, Video Games Day and Merry-Go-Round Day. Seriously.

Have a terrific birthday today, y’all! Best wishes!

Holy tinkered-with nameplate, Batman!

Get a load of the top of today’s Clarion-Ledger of Jackson, Miss.


That’s by Merry Eccles of Gannett’s design studio in Nashville. Her guy, Bill Campling — also of the Nashville studio — tells us:

Merry always includes subtle details in her designs, like her Fourth of July promo you highlighted earlier this month.


This page is no different, with the slight alteration to the mast.

And it’s freakin’ Batman. So that makes it extra cool.

I also wrote about Merry’s work after Vanderbilt won the NCAA national baseball championship back in June.

Find more of Merry’s work here.