Focusing on six words: Helping government do its job better

Happy birthday to… Dan Chenok

leave a comment »

Dan Chenok

Dan Chenok

A very happy birthday to Dan Chenok, currently a senior vice president and general manager at Pragmatics and formerly the Office of Management and Budget’s branch chief for information policy and technology. Chenok has also been working with Team Obama as an advisor on IT issues — you can see him on the transition team video about technology … And there was a lot of buzz going around that he would join the administration. That seems to have calmed — at the moment.

Chenok shares his birthday with our ninth president, William Henry Harrison, born on this date in 1773… Journalist Roger Mudd (81), “The Color Purple” author Alice Walker (65), actress Mia Farrow (64), and Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) (63)…

Also born on this date… American secretary of state under Kennedy and Johnson Dean Rusk (2/9/1909 – 12/20/1994).

And some big events… in 1870, the U.S. Weather Bureau — now known as the National Weather Service — was established… in 1964. I’m a weather buff, so I found’s more detailed history just fascinating. (The role the telegraph played… who knew!)… The Beatles make their first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, performing before a “record-busting” audience of 73 million viewers… and in 1942, year-round daylight saving time is re-instated in the United States as a wartime measure to help conserve energy resources. More from Wikipedia

And in 1971, pitcher Leroy “Satchel” Paige becomes the first Negro League veteran to be nominated for the Baseball Hall of Fame. More from The History Channel.

Happy birthday Dan.

Written by cdorobek

February 9, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: