Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three fine folks…
Jeanette Clark is manager of group communications for Mercedes-Benz South Africa in Johannesburg. A 1999 graduate of Stellenbosch University, Jeanette worked in public relations and as an Afrikaans language teacher before joining the Diamond Fields Advertiser as a reporter and photographer in 2004. She moved to Volksblad, the daily paper in Bloemfontein in 2005 and then to Sake24, the business news arm of the Media24 company, in 2006. She was promoted to news editor in 2008. In 2010, she went back into public relations work. In 2011, she joined Moneyweb — a web site that covers finance in South Africa — working out of Pretoria. She moved into her current position last September. Jeanette turns 35 today.
Kevin Copeland is owner of Beach Tec, a technical consultancy in Virginia Beach specializing in Apple Computers. A 1990 graduate of Virginia Commonwealth, Kevin worked as technical support for IKON documents and Canon, among other companies. He spent three-and-a-half years as a “Genius Bar” technician at the Apple Store in Norfolk, Va., before going it alone in 2009. Not long before I left town last year, Kevin got me out of a jam. I recommend him most highly. In addition, Kevin is a cartoonist. He’s the organizer of DRAWtoberfest and the 757 Comic and Cartoon Creators. See some of his work here. Find his company’s web site here, his company’s Facebook page here and his Twitter feed here.
Kevin Hollingsworth is a Los Angeles-based writer of poetry and the publisher of two collections of his work.
Jeanette, Kevin and Kevin share a birthday with actors Gary Michael Cole, Jonathan Edward “Jon” Bernthal, Kristen Johnston, Anne Meara, Korinna Moon Bloodgood, Aria Asia Maria Vittoria Rossa Argento and Sofia Villani Scicolone (better known as Sophia Loren); jazz great Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe (better known as Jelly Roll Morton); sports greats James Charles “Jim” Taylor (football), Arnold Jacob “Red” Auerbach (basketball coach), Guy Damien Lafleur (hockey), Robert Granville “Bob” Lemon, Jason Raymond Bay (both baseball) and Juan Pablo Montoya Roldán (auto racing); celebrity psychologist Dr. Joyce Diane Bauer Brothers; Japanese leader Tarō Asō; philosopher Leo Strauss; comics writer Stephen Ross “Steve” Gerber (creator of Howard the Duck); animator J. Troplong “Jay” Ward (creator of Bullwinkle) and author Upton Sinclair Jr.
In addition, today is International Eat an Apple Day, International Coastal Cleanup Day, International Gymnastics Day, Puppy Mill Awareness Day, Responsible Dog Ownership Day and Big Whopper Liar Day. Seriously.
Have a truly great birthday today, you three! Best wishes!