Birthdays for Sunday, Dec. 13

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to two wonderful visual journalists…


Rachel Kugelman is a designer and illustrator for the Gannett Design Studio in Asbury Park, N.J. A 2009 graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, Rachel moved to the Asbury Park Press in 2011. Find her web site here. Rachel turns 30 today.


Sajeev Kumar T.K. is visual editor of Kaumudi, a 150,000-circulation Malayalam-language daily in Kerala, India. TKSajeev is probably better known, however, as the creator and proprietor of NewspaperDesign, a social networking site that specializes in newspaper design in India. He is also director of Region 19 of the Society for News Design. Find his Twitter feed here. Sajeev turns 49 today.

Rachel and Sajeev share a birthday with actors Steven Vincent “Steve” Buscemi, Eric Marlon Bishop (better known as Jamie Foxx), Johnny Whitaker, Arthur Christopher Orme (better known as Christopher Plummer) and Richard Wayne “Dick” Van Dyke; musicians Theodore Anthony “Ted” Nugent, Thomas Matthew DeLonge Jr. (of Blink-182), Samuel Stephen “Steve” Forbert, Amy Lynn Hartzler (better known as Amy Lee) and Taylor Alison Swift; music journalist Leslie Conway “Lester” Bangs; TV personality John Hamilton Davidson; sports greats Gary Wayne Zimmerman (football), Rex Ryan (football coach), Ferguson Arthur “Fergie” Jenkins (baseball), Rick Yutaka “Rickie” Fowler (golf) and Michael Todd Tirico (announcer); World War I hero Alvin Cullum York; First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and politicians George Pratt Shultz, Ben Shalom Bernanke, Thomas James “Tom” Vilsack and Herman Cain.

In addition, today is Pick a Pathologist Pal Day, World Choral Day and Worldwide Candle Lighting Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, you two! Have a fabulous birthday today!

Birthdays for Saturday, Dec. 12

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to four excellent visual journalists…


Monica Evanchik is a freelance online art director and project manager based in New York City. A 1986 graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Monica worked as an artist for Polo Ralph Laren and as an art director for Digital Image Design before signing on with ABC News’ web operation in 2000. She moved to the New York Times as a multimedia producer in 2003. She left the Times in 2009 and has worked with the American Society of Magazine Editors. She also teaches at Farmingdale State College. Find her web site here and her Twitter feed here.


Olya Kharitonova is a designer and user experience specialist for Strength in Members, an agency that focuses on web projects for nonprofits. Originally from Minsk, Belarus, Olya is a 2011 graduate of Ohio University. She served internships at Cleveland magazine, at a law office and as a marketing assistant in the lifelong and distance learning department at Ohio U. Olya moved to the University of Colorado and earned her master’s degree in 2013 after serving as a research assistant in Steve Outing’s Digital News Test Kitchen. She joined Strength in Numbers in 2014. Find Olya’s web site here. She turns 27 today.


Cindy Driver Loman is life and community news editor of the News & Record of Greensboro, N.C. A 1984 graduate of the University of Richmond, Cindy spent a year as a features writer for the Stuart (Fla.) News and three years as assistant features editor for the Fort Pierce News Tribune before moving to the News & Record copy desk in 1988. She moved to community news in 1998 and then to team development coordinator in 1999. She became community news editor in 2006.


Malenga Wa Mlima Meru is a sub-editor — a copy editor — for the Nation Media Group and the East African in Nairobi, Kenya. He’s worked there for eight years. He also writes poetry. Find Mwiti’s AuthorsDen page here and his Twitter feed here.

Olya, Cindy, Malenga and Monica share a birthday with actors Jennifer Connelly, Mayim Bialik, Mädchen Amick and Emanuel Goldenberg (better known as Edward G. Robinson); musicians Francis Albert “Frank” Sinatra, Marie Dionne Warwick, Sheila Escovedo (better known as Sheila E.), Concetta Rosa Maria Franconero (better known as Connie Francis), Joseph Goreed (better known as Joe Williams), Shelton Hank Williams (better known as Hank Williams III) and Bob Dorough; artist Edvard Munch; supermodel Bridget Hall; TV host Robert William “Bob” Barker; sports greats Tracy Austin (tennis), Cathleen Roxanne “Cathy” Rigby (gymnastics), Johan Ramon “Ervin” Santana (baseball), Haywood Franklin Jeffires, Jose Rafael Septien (both football) and Emerson Fittipaldi (auto racing); former New York mayor Edward Irving “Ed” Koch; legendary law enforcement official Buford Hayse Pusser and comic book artist Daniel S. “Dan” DeCarlo.

In addition, today is Gingerbread House Day, International Shareware Day, National 12-Hour Fresh Breath Day, National Cocoa Day, Poinsettia Day and the Day of the Horse. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a wonderful birthday today!

Birthdays for Friday, Dec. 11

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


Karl Gude is a journalism instructor at Michigan State University. One of the better infographics brains in the known universe, Karl spent the better part of three decades as a graphics director for United Press International (1979-1985), the New York Daily News (1985-86), the National sports daily (1989-1991), the Associated Press (1986-1989 and 1991-1995) and Newsweek magazine (1999-2006). Find examples of Karl’s infographics work here and of his fine art work here. His series of instructional videos is especially notable: Check out this one on how to draw butts:

Because, after all, you never know when this type of assignment will come up.
Find Karl’s Twitter feed here.


Artie Apple is a maintenance foreman with CSX railroad in Augusta, Ga. A huge sports star for Long Cane Academy in McCormick, S.C. way back in the early 1990s, Artie played two years of college football and also was a heck of a motorcycle racer in his younger days. He also has two gorgeous daughters — neither of whom I can believe inherited any of our family genes. My theory: They’re both aliens from the planet Cute. My “baby” brother turns 43 today.

Karl and Artie share a birthday with actors Monique Imes (better known as Mo’Nique), Hailee Steinfeld, Terry Ann “Teri” Garr, Donna Jean Miller (better known as Donna Mills) and Ron Carey; musicians Jermaine LaJaune Jackson, Brenda Mae Tarpley (better known as Brenda Lee), Rosita Delores Alverío (better known as Rita Moreno) and David Gates (of Bread); heiress Christina Onassis; sports greats William Lee “Willie” McGinest Jr. (football) and Javier Pedro Saviola Fernández (soccer); writer Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn; physicist Max Born; radio host Bill Cunningham and politicians John Forbes Kerry, Thomas Emmet “Tom” Hayden and Fiorello Henry LaGuardia.

In addition, today is International Mountain Day and Official Lost and Found Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, you two! Have a terrific birthday today!

Birthdays for Thursday, Dec. 10

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to three wonderful visual journalists…


Phyllis Bailey is a wire editor for the Gannett Design Studio in Nashville, Tenn. A 1981 graduate of California State University, Long Beach, Phyllis spent four years as a reporter for the Des Moines (Iowa) Register and two years as a reporter and copy editor for the Times of Trenton, N.J. She became a copy editor on the metro desk of the Milwaukee Journal in 1989 and moved to the St. Petersburg Times in 1992. She left that paper after 19 years as a senior copy editor and designer and started work in Nashville in 2012. Find her portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.


Matt Erickson is assistant editor for, part of USA Today’s sports media group. A 1997 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Matt immediately joined the the Times of Munster, Ind., and worked there for 13 years as a designer and, eventually, director of presentation and visuals. He spent time as a regional director for the Society for News Design and coordinated the SND annual contest in 2005. Matt left the Times in 2010 to strike out on his own as a freelance sportswriter specializing in coverage of Mixed Martial Arts. He spent a year or so working with and joined in 2012. He also sells prints of amazing urban landscape photos he’s been taking with a technique called High Dynamic Range. Find his gallery here and my write-ups of his photo work here and here. This year, he even sold a photo to be used on a book cover.


Find his Twitter feed here. Matt turns 40 today.


Tim Thorsen is senior editor at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers of Stuart, Fla. A 1995 graduate of the University of South Carolina, Tim spent two years as a sports editor and designer for the Reporter-News of Abilene, Texas, before moving to Corpus Christi as assistant sports editor. In 2002, he moved to the Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., as a news designer. He slid over to sports copy editor and designer in 2004, became 1A editor in 2007 and was named night news editor in 2011. He moved to Florida in 2012. Find his portfolio here and his Twitter feed here. Tim turns 42 today.

Phyllis, Matt and Tim share a birthday with actors Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman, Michael Clarke Duncan, Kenneth Charles Branagh, Susan Hallock Smith (better known as Susan Dey), George Young Newbern, Emmanuelle Sophie Anne Chriqui, Bobby Dan Blocker, Mary Leta Dorothy Slaton (better known as Dorothy Lamour); TV chef Robert William “Bobby” Flay; comedian Greg Giraldo; sports greats Matthew Garrett “Matt” Forté (football), Gonzalo Gerardo Higuaín (soccer) and Robert Bowlby Blake (hockey); poet Emily Elizabeth Dickenson, politician Rod R. Blagojevich and TV newsman Chester Robert “Chet” Huntley.

In addition, today is Human Rights Day, Jane Addams Day, Dewey Decimal System Day and Nobel Prize Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, all! Have a truly great birthday today!

Birthday for Wednesday, Dec. 9

Here’s wishing the happiest of birthdays to Ryan Tipps, editor of Smith Mountain Laker, a bimonthly magazine in Smith Mountain Lake, Va.


A 2000 graduate of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., Ryan spent four years with the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, Ind., before moving to the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Va. He moved on to the Roanoke Times in 2007, with his wife Gretchen Tipps, who also made the move from the Pilot to the Times. Ryan edited wire copy, metro copy and the travel page. He eventually became night news production team leader. He also writes and edits for, a web site devoted to Division III football. In 2014, Ryan earned a master’s degree in agriculture and life sciences from Virginia Tech University. He left newspapers earlier this year. He and Gretchen own Cherry Lane, a Certified Naturally Grown farm specializing in blackberries, sour plumbs and four types of garlic. Find Ryan’s Twitter feed here.

Ryan shares a birthday with actors John Gavin Malkovich, Felicity Kendall Huffman, Michael Dorn, Simon Maxwell Helberg, Lloyd Vernet “Beau” Bridges, Judith Olivia “Judy” Dench, Richard Vincent “Dick” Van Patten, Issur Danielovitch (better known as Kirk Douglas), Margaret Hamilton and Douglas Elton Fairbanks Jr.; musicians Marie-Josée Riel (better known as Emjay), Frank Edwin Wright III (better known as Tré Cool of Green Day), Neil James Innes, Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi, David Kersh, Jakob Luke Dylan and Donald Clark “Donny” Osmond; comedians John Elroy Sanford (better known as Redd Foxx) and Henry Zuckerman (better known as Buck Henry); talk-show host Sean Morton Downey Jr.; politicians Thomas Phillip “Tip” O’Neill Jr. and Thomas Andrew “Tom” Daschele; sports greats Richard Marvin “Dick” Butkus, David D. “Deacon” Jones, David Roy Akers (all three football), Thomas Oliver Kite Jr. (golf), Kurt Steven Angle (wrestling) and McKayla Rose Maroney (gymnastics) and writers John Milton and Joel Chandler Harris.

In addition, today is Cremation Day, Weary Willie Day and International Anti-Corruption Day. Seriously.

Best wishes, Ryan! Have an excellent birthday today!