Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to a pair of talented visual journalists…
Thomas Slusser is photo editor of the Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown, Pa. A 2000 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa., Thomas spent five-and-a-half years as a shooter for the Indiana Gazette before joining the Picture People in Chesapeake, Va., as a photography coach and trainer. From 2009 to last year, he freelanced for such clients as the Virginian-Pilot, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Financial Times and Reuters. He joined the Tribune-Democrat last year. Find his Twitter feed here. Thomas turns 38 today.
Brian Throckmorton is a research editor for the Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort, Ky. A 1983 graduate of Georgetown University, Brian worked as a copy editor for Phillips Publishing and the American Society for Microbiology before joining the Lexington Herald-Leader in 1997. He became copy chief of the features department of the San Jose Mercury News in 2000 but then moved back to Lexington in 2002 as chief of the copy desk. Lexington laid him off in 2009, but Brian caught on in at the Louisville Courier-Journal the next summer. After eight months with the C-J, Brian moved to his current position in 2011.
Thomas and Brian share a birthday with actors Carrie Frances Fisher, Ken Wantanabe and Sofia Vladimiorvna Vassilieva; musicians John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie, Steven Lee “Steve” Cropper, Elvin Bishop, Charlotte Irene Caffey (of the Go-Go’s) and Manfred Sepse Lubowitz (better known as Manfred Mann); TV personalities Kimberly Noel Kardashian and Judith Susan Blum Sheindlin (better known as Judge Judy); sports greats Edward Charles “Whitey” Ford, Jorge Antonio Bell Mathey (better known as George Bell), Donald Zackary “Zack” Greinke (all three baseball), Ricard “Ricky” Rubio i Vives (basketball), Morris C. “Mo” Lewis (football) and William Alexander “Bill” Curry (football coach); astronaut Ronald Ervin McNair; Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu; foul play victim Natalee Ann Holloway; poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge; inventor Alfred Bernhard Nobel and legendary advertising executive Leo Burnett.
In addition, today is Celebration of the Mind Day, Reptile Awareness Day and Global Iodine Deficiency Disorder Prevention Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, you two! Have a wonderful birthday today!