Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three terrific folks…
Amy Kuenzie is a yoga teacher and an emergency protective custody coordinator for the Richland County (S.C.) Sheriff’s Dept. A 1985 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Amy earned a master’s degree from Columbia College and spent years working as a parole examiner and victim’s advocate within the justice system. Her husband, Jack, is a reporter for Channel 10, WIS-TV in Columbia. Find her Twitter feed here.
Franz Tomasek is an official of the South African Revenue Service, involved with legislative policy and based in Pretoria. He’s also a longtime member of Science Fiction South Africa, the main squeeze of journalist Simone Puterman and a good friend and most gracious host, during my occasional visits to his country.
Vanessa Shortley is managing editor of the Daily Dispatch of Henderson, N.C. A 2007 graduate of East Carolina University, Vanessa spent time as a reporter for the Daily Southerner of Tarboro, N.C. and as a reporter and copy editor for the Free Press of Kinston, N.C. In 2008, she was named editor of the News of Orange County, a weekly in Hillsborough, N.C. She moved to Henderson in 2014. Find her Twitter feed here.
Vanessa, Franz and Amy share a birthday with actors Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, Hilary Ann Swank, Lisa Valerie Kudrow, Laurence John Fishburne III, Juan Moreno y Herrera Jiménez (better known as Jean Reno), Jaime Elizabeth Pressly, Vivica Anjanetta Fox, Delta Ramona Leah Burke, Edward Byrne Breitenberger (better known as Edd “Kookie” Byrnes) and Riccardo DiGuglielmo (better known as Dick Wilson, who played “Mr. Whipple” in 1970s-era TV commercials for Charmin toilet paper); musicians Catherine “Kate” Bush, Bradley William “Brad” Hargreaves (of Third Eye Blind), Timothy Seth Avett (of the Avett Brothers), Paul Albert Anka, David Sanborn and George “Buddy” Guy; TV host Michael Thomas “Tom” Green; celebrity chef Alton Crawford Brown; directors Christopher Jonathan James Nolan and Peter Bogdanovich; sports greats Francis Morgan Ayodélé “Daley” Thompson (decathlete), Hope Amelia Solo (soccer), Justin Peter Rose (golf), Lawrence Neil Bonnett (auto racing), Christopher Paul “Chris” Mullin (basketball), Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel (baseball manager) and Allan Huber “Bud” Selig (baseball commissioner); law professor Anita Faye Hill; H&R Bloch co-founder Henry W. Bloch; novelist Emily Jane Brontë, historian and biographer Giorgio Vasari and industrialist Henry Ford.
In addition, today is Friendship Day, Father-in-Law Day, the International Day of Friendship, National Support of Public Education Day, Paperbook Book Day, Cheesecake Day and National Chili Dog Day. Seriously.
Best wishes, you three! Have a wonderful birthday!