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A happy birthday to… NASA Goddard CIO Linda Cureton

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NASA Goddard CIO Linda Cureton
NASA Goddard CIO Linda Cureton

A very happy birthday to Linda Cureton, the chief information officer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

Cureton is one of the real shining stars in the CIO community. She has a must-read blog … she uses Twitter… and she is one of the more innovative CIOs out there right now.

Today, she celebrates one of the big birthdays — one of the ones with
an “oh” following it. We will be celebrating with her tonight at FCW’s
annual Federal 100 awards gala.

Meanwhile, on this date in history… Maryland was first settledMercedes debuted
and in 1965, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. led 25,000 marchers to the
capitol in Montgomery, Ala., to protest the denial of voting rights to
blacks. She shares her birthday with Sarah Jessica Parker, who turns 44
years old today… Elton John (62), Gloria Steinem (75), Aretha
Franklin (67), and Sen. John Ensign, R-NV (51).

More events in history:

1807 Britain abolished its slave trade.

1894 Jacob S. Coxey
began leading an “army” of the unemployed from Massillon, Ohio, to
Washington, D.C., to demand help from the federal government.

1911 A fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. factory in New York City
killed 146 workers, most of them young immigrant women. The tragedy
galvanized America’s labor movement.

1913 The home of vaudeville, the Palace Theatre, opened in New York City.

1957 The Treaty of Rome established the European Economic Community.

1975 King Faisal of Saudi Arabia was shot to death by a nephew with a history of mental illness.

1988 Robert E. Chambers Jr. pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter
in the death of 18-year-old Jennifer Levin in New York City’s so-called
“preppie murder case.”

1992 Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev returned
to Earth from the Mir space station after a 10-month stay, during which
his native country, the Soviet Union, ceased to exist.

1994 American troops completed their withdrawal from Somalia.

1996 An 81-day standoff by the antigovernment Freemen began at a ranch near Jordan, Mont.

1996 The redesigned $100 bill went into circulation.

1998 President Bill Clinton acknowledged during his Africa tour that
“we did not act quickly enough” to stop the slaughter of 1 million
Rwandans four years earlier.

2002 A powerful earthquake rocked Afghanistan and northwestern Pakistan, killing as many as 1,000 people.

2004 Congress passed a law making it a separate offense to harm a fetus during a violent federal crime.

Also celebrating their birthday today:

81 Jim Lovell

75 Gloria Steinem
Feminist author

69 Anita Bryant

66 Paul Michael Glaser
Actor (“Starsky and Hutch”)

61 Bonnie Bedelia

56 Mary Gross
Actress, comedian

51 James McDaniel

49 Steve Norman
Rock musician (Spandau Ballet)

49 Brenda Strong
Actress (“Desperate Housewives”)

48 Fred Goss

48 John Stockwell
Actor, writer, director

47 Marcia Cross
Actress (“Desperate Housewives”)

45 Kate DiCamillo
Author (“Because of Winn-Dixie”)

45 Lisa Gay Hamilton

43 Tom Glavine
Baseball player

38 Sheryl Swoopes
Basketball player

34 Melanie Blatt
Singer (All Saints)

30 Lee Pace
Actor (“Pushing Daisies”)

27 Sean Faris

27 Danica Patrick
Auto racer

25 Katherine McPhee
Singer (“American Idol”)

22 Jason Castro
Singer (“American Idol”)

20 Aly Michalka
Actress, singer (“Aly and AJ”)

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March 25, 2009 at 9:16 AM

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Happy birthday to… Amy Morris

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Federal News Radio 1500 AM's Amy Morris

Federal News Radio 1500 AM's Amy Morris

A happy birthday to Amy Morris , my co-anchor on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris.

Some of the events on this date in history…

On this day in 1923, in Thebes, Egypt, English archaeologist Howard Carter enters the sealed burial chamber of the ancient Egyptian ruler King Tutankhamen. Get more from The History Channel .

* In 1859, the French Government passes a law to set the A-note above middle C to a frequency of 435 Hz, in an attempt to standardize the pitch
* 1948 NBC-TV aired its first nightly newscast, “The Camel Newsreel Theatre,” which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.
* 1959 – Fidel Castro becomes Premier of Cuba after dictator Fulgencio Batista was overthrown on January 1.
* 1961 – Explorer program: Explorer 9 (S-56a) is launched.
* 1968 – In Haleyville, Alabama, the first 9-1-1 emergency telephone system goes into service.
* 1978 – The first computer bulletin board system is created (CBBS in Chicago, Illinois).

Amy shares her birthday with John McEnroe (50), Patty Andrews (91) of the Andrews Sisters, actor LeVar Burton (52), “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” actor and rapper Ice-T (51), Duran Duran musician Andy Taylor (48).

And… Amy Morris. (No, I’m not listing her age — I spend four hours each day in a studio with Amy and hat is very enjoyable right now — and I want to keep it that way.)

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February 16, 2009 at 8:00 AM

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Happy birthday to… Dan Chenok

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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.

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February 9, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Happy Birthday to GovExec/NextGov’s Bob Brewin

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Bob Brewin (right)

Bob Brewin (right, Photo courtesy of the DOD Military Health System)

A very happy birthday to Bob Brewin, the long-time defense reporter who has recently become a blogger for Government Executive’s NextGov. (Frankly, I remain a bit baffled why NextGov continues to bury Brewin’s always enjoyable columns/blog. Agree or disagree with him — and there are plenty of people who do both — Brewin is a wonderful character who captures insights that are difficult to find anywhere else. Why wouldn’t one make him the cornerstone of your Web site? Instead, he is a barely findable tap.)

I had the pleasure of working with Brewin while I was at Federal Computer Week. Brewin does his thing from out in Las Vegas, NM — as Bob points out, it is the original Las Vegas. Las Vegas, NM is this remarkable place in the world that sits literally right where the maintains meets the plains.

Brewin — and, I might add, 1105 Government Information Group’s production guru Rose Johnson — share their birthdays with journalist Ted Koppel (69), composer John Williams (77)… also, some birthdays from history… also born on this date were Lana Turner, who died in 1995 at the age of 74, and James Dean, who died in 1955 at the age of 24. It was also on this date in 1006 that, in a ceremony at the Library of Congress, President Clinton signed legislation revamping the telecommunications industry, saying it would “bring the future to our doorstep”… and in 1693, the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia is granted a charter by King William III and Queen Mary II.

More events after the break…

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February 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM

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Happy birthday to Frank DiGiammarino

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080303ashxA very happy birthday to Frank DiGiammarino of the National Academy of Public Administration. (Coincidentally, it was DiGiammarino’s wife’s birthday just last week.)

DiGiammarino is NAPA’s vice president for strategic initiatives and one of the people behind NAPA’s Collaboration Project, which seeks to help agencies work though many of these collaborative technologies. We recently had him on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris talking about some of the collaborative guidance that they are pulling together. (Hear that conversation here.)

On this date in history… in 1653, New Amsterdam, now New York City, was incorporated… in 2004, ricin was discovered in offices used by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist… in 1971, Idi Amin assumed power in Uganda following a coup… and in 1887, the first Groundhog Day. (More on that after the break.)… It is also the birthday of singerShakira (32), actress Farrah Fawcett (62), TV-film executive Barry Diller (67), Crosby, Stills and Nash’s Graham Nash (67), Star Trek TNG actor Bret Spiner (60), and Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) (60).

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February 2, 2009 at 7:38 PM

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Happy birthday to… Anne Armstrong and Paul Brubaker

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Anne Armstrong

Anne Armstrong

Paul Brubaker

Paul Brubaker

A very happy birthday to two legends in the government market — Anne A. Armstrong, President of 1105 Government Information Group, and also to Paul R. Brubaker, who has had a storied government career most recently with the Transportation Department and he just recently joined Cisco Systems as the senior director for the company’s public sector Internet business solutions group. And, coincidentally, we spoke to him Friday on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. (Audio posted on Monday if you want to hear the conversation.)

Armstrong, my former boss when I was the editor in chief at Federal Computer Week, doesn’t really like people to ackwledge her birthday — something that I specifically made not of when I mentioned it on Federal News Radio 1500 AM on Friday. (She’ll be really thrilled with that!)

Some of the big events on this date in history

* On this date in 1881, Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company. Then, on this date in 1915, Bell inaugurates U.S. transcontinental telephone service, speaking from New York to Thomas Watson in San Francisco.
* In 1937, The Guiding Light debuts on NBC radio from Chicago. In 1952 it moves to CBS television. Still airing, it’s the longest running US broadcast program.
* In 1858 – The Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn becomes a popular wedding recessional after it is played on this day at the marriage of Queen Victoria‘s daughter, Victoria, and Friedrich of Prussia.
* In 1961 – In Washington, D.C. John F. Kennedy delivers the first live presidential television news conference.
* Other people also born on this date… Alicia Keys (28), former Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont., 74)… Virginia Wolfe was born on this date… as was Robert Burns, the Scottish national poet.

More events and events from history after the break…

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January 25, 2009 at 9:33 AM

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Happy birthday to… Palm’s Ryan McGrath

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ryan-mcgrath1Happy birthday to Palm‘s Ryan McGrath.

He also celebrates with singer Art Garfunkel (67), playwright Sam Shepard (65), rock singer Bryan Adams (49), actress Tatum O’Neal (45), and Kevin Jonas, one part of the group The Jonas Brothers, who turns 21. (Here is the test for Ryan — does he know who the Jonas Brothers are?)

And it was on this date in 1872, Suffragist Susan B. Anthony was fined $100 for attempting to vote in a presidential election…. and in 1895 that George B. Selden of Rochester, N.Y., received the first U.S. patent for an automobile.

Happy birthday Ryan.

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November 5, 2008 at 9:55 AM

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Happy birthday to… Karen Evans

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Dorobek and Evans

Dorobek and Evans

A very happy birthday to… none other then Karen Evans, administrator of the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology (IT) at the Office of Management and Budget.

Evans has been enormously influential over the years — particularly in this role, which services as the de factor government CIO. And, agree or disagree with her — and I have done both — and while even she acknowledges that she can be a difficult boss sometimes. All of that aside, there is no doubt that she is passionate and dedicated to government service and agency missions. And, as I have grown to know her better personally, she is a very honest and honorable person.

Unfortunately, the biggest event on this date in history… well, this event strikes just a bit too close to home these days — it is the stock market crash of 1929. Any idea the percentage that the market dropped on that day? I’ll give you part of the answer — it dropped some 38 points.

Here is the write-up from the public radio’s Writer’s Almanac

It’s the anniversary of Black Tuesday, which happened in 1929 — the worst stock market crash in the history of the United States. The economy had been so good during the 1920s that people kept speculating in the markets, so stock prices were too high, much higher than the stocks themselves were worth. When they suddenly fell, it was a snowball effect. People had borrowed money to buy stocks, thinking that they could turn around and sell the stocks at a profit, and now they went bankrupt. On Black Tuesday, stock prices fell so fast that by the end of the day many companies couldn’t sell their shares at any price.

Black Tuesday was the beginning of the Great Depression. By 1932, more than 100,000 businesses had failed and 13 million people had lost their jobs.

This from Wikipedia:

On Black Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 38 points to 260, a drop of 12.8%. The deluge of selling overwhelmed the ticker tape system that normally gave investors the current prices of their shares. Telephone lines and telegraphs were clogged and were unable to cope. This information vacuum only led to more fear and panic. The technology of the New Era, much celebrated by investors previously, now served to deepen their suffering.

Black Tuesday was a day of chaos. Forced to liquidate their stocks because of margin calls, overextended investors flooded the exchange with sell orders. The glamour stocks of the age saw their values plummet. Across the two days, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 23%.

By the end of the week of November 11, the index stood at 228, a cumulative drop of 40 percent from the September high. The markets rallied in succeeding months but it would be a false recovery that led unsuspecting investors into the worst economic crisis of modern times. The Dow Jones Industrial Average would lose 89% of its value before finally bottoming out in July 1932.

Want to find out more — which Simpsons star was born today… which senator was born today… and earlier we told you about the birthday of one of Charlie’s Angels — another “Angel” shares Evans’ birthday today… Find out more after the break…

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October 29, 2008 at 8:19 AM

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Happy birthday to… Bruce McConnell

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Bruce McConnell

A very happy birthday to Bruce McConnell, the former information technology chief at the Office of Management and Budget who went on to be the founder and head of McConnell International and Government Futures, which he recently sold.

Some of the events and birthdays on this date:

I’m watching NBC’s Meet the Press and Tom Brokaw, who is interviewing Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), just noted that this is the anniversary that McCain was shot down. He was flying his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam, when his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down by a missile over Hanoi. McCain fractured both arms and a leg, and nearly drowned when he parachuted into Truc Bach Lake.[33] Some North Vietnamese pulled him ashore, then others crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt and bayoneted him. McCain was then transported to Hanoi’s main Hoa Lo Prison, nicknamed the “Hanoi Hilton.”

(A total aside, but… one of the analysts on Meet the Press this morning is Charlie Cook, who watches congressional races carefully in his Cook Political Report. Meet the Press is coming from Iowa today, but… he is going to be at IAC’s ELC 2008 tonight. Let’s hope there are no flight delays.)

On the other side, it’s the birthday of Sen. Hillary Clinton. (More over on the public radio’s Writer’s Almanac.)

It is the birthday of Mahalia Jackson, the American known as the queen of gospel singing, was born. Following her death on Jan. 27, 1972, her obituary appeared in The New York Times.

Big events on this date:

1774 The First Continental Congress adjourned in Philadelphia.

1825 The Erie Canal opened, connecting Lake Erie and the Hudson River in upstate New York. Again, from public radio’s Writer’s Almanac:

It’s the anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825. It was built to connect the Atlantic Ocean with the Great Lakes. The canal was 360 miles long, 40 feet wide, and four feet deep — just deep enough to float barges carrying 30 tons of freight. When the canal was finished, cannons were lined up along the towpath just barely in earshot of each other. They fired one after another from Lake Erie to New York City, finishing the relay in 81 minutes.

1881 The gunfight at the OK Corral took place in Tombstone, Ariz., as Wyatt Earp, his two brothers and “Doc” Holliday confronted Ike Clanton’s gang. Three members of Clanton’s gang were killed; Earp’s brothers were wounded.

More events and birthdays after the break, including one of Charlie’s Angles and a country music star.

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October 26, 2008 at 11:22 AM

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