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!