Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four brilliant visual journalists…
Scott Heckel is a photographer for the Repository of Canton, Ohio. He’s a 1983 graduate of Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich. Find his SportsShooter page here. Scott turns 55 today.
Ryan Hildebrandt is the creative director of the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Ky. A 2002 graduate of Indiana University, Ryan began work as a temporary designer at the Indianapolis Star and then moved through the ranks, designing in every section. He left Indy in 2011 as news design director. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here.
Mike Homan is an editor and designer for the universal desk of the McClatchy Publishing Center in Charlotte, N.C. A 1984 graduate of the University of Georgia, Mike worked as a news artist for the Savannah Morning News before moving to the Charlotte Observer in 1988. He has worked at the Observer as a news artist, graphics editor, advertising art director, and sales director. He spent four years with the Charlotte Business Journal before returning to the Observer newsroom in 2005 as page-one designer. He was folded into the McClatchy hub in 2011. He and his wife, Cindy, also own and operate Homan Designs Photography. Find his Twitter feed here. Mike turns 54 today.
Gary O’Brien is a certified occupational therapy assistant based in Tucson, Ariz. A 1979 graduate of Northern Arizona University, Gary worked for the North Las Vegas Valley Times, the Arizona Republic, the Arizona Daily Sun, the East Valley Tribune and the Mesa Tribune before joining the Charlotte Observer in 1988. He worked as a staff shooter, photo systems editor, regional picture editor and photo lab manager. He became the Observer’s night picture editor in 2006 but returned to Arizona in 2011, where he worked as a photographer, picture editor and multimedia producer. He went back to school to get his medical certificate at the Pima Medical Institute and started his new career last year. Find his portfolio here and his blog here. Find Gary’s Twitter feed here.
Ryan, Mike, Scott and Gary share a birthday with actors Eric Idle, Amy Louise Sedaris, Jessica Michelle Chastain, Lucille Frances Ryan (better known as Lucy Lawless), Christophe Guy Denis “Christopher” Lambert, Marina Sirtis and Hideaki Takizawa; musicians Pearl Mae Bailey, Peretz Bernstein (better known as Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction), John Popper (of Blues Traveler), Terrence Ross “Terry” Jacks and Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (better known as Vangelis); sports greats Jennifer Marie Capriati (tennis), Dennis Dale “Denny” McLain, Denton True “Cy” Young (both baseball), Emlen Lewis Tunnell, Earl Christian Campbell, Justin Lee Tuck (all three football), Walter “Walt” Frazier (basketball) and George Blaha (announcer); model Elle Macpherson, retailer Samuel Moore “Sam” Walton, presidential brother William Alton “Billy” Carter III; coma victim Karen Ann Quinlan; politicians John Major, Eugene Joseph “Gene” McCarthy and John Tyler Jr. and political commentator John McLaughlin.
In addition to Palm Sunday, today is National Mom and Pop Business Owners Day, Niagara Falls Runs Dry Day, Texas Loves the Children Day and Knights of Columbus Founders Day. Seriously.
Have a wonderful birthday today, y’all! Best wishes!