Focusing on six words: Helping government do its job better

Posts Tagged ‘birthday

Happy birthday to… Karen Evans

with one comment

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…

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by cdorobek

October 29, 2008 at 8:19 AM

Posted in birthdays, community

Tagged with ,

Happy birthday to… Phil Bond and George Stone

with one comment

ITAA's Phil Bond

ITAA's Phil Bond

A very happy birthday to ITAA President and CEO Phil Bond. It is also the birthday of my good friend George Stone, who is the features editor at DC Magazine.

We’ve talked about change a lot in recent months. Bond has overseen a lot of change at ITAA — the merger with GEIA… and a possible merger with EIA… So he has been a very busy person.

So… on this date…

From public radio’s Writer’s Almanac:

It’s the birthday of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, (books by this author) born in Röcken, a village in Prussia (1844). His most famous book is called Thus Spake Zarathustra (1883). Nietzsche is famous for claiming that “God is dead,” but what he actually said is, “God is dead … and we have killed him!”

It’s the birthday of the poet Virgil, (books by this author) born Publius Vergilius Maro near Mantua, Italy, 70 B.C.E. The government asked Virgil to write a poem persuading Romans who had left the countryside to return home and become farmers again. He wrote The Georgics, a kind of poetic farming manual about grain production, trees, animal husbandry, and beekeeping. The emperor was so impressed that he gave Virgil a generous stipend, and the poet spent the rest of his life working on his epic poem, The Aeneid.

From the Library of Congress’s report on this day in history:

World Series Commemoration

On October 15, 1972, Jackie Robinson threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the second game of the World Series commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of his becoming the first African-American to play in modern Major League Baseball. His Major League career began in earnest on April 15, 1947, when played in his first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Following his retirement from baseball, Robinson worked as vice president for personnel at Chock Full O’ Nuts from 1957 to 1964. He was also active with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In December 1956, the NAACP had recognized Robinson with the Spingarn Medal, which it awards annually for the highest achievement by an African American. Robinson chaired the NAACP’s million-dollar Freedom Fund Drive in 1957 and was a member of the board of directors until 1967.

Many other groups also honored Robinson. In July 1962, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a testimonial dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City. Although SCLC president Martin Luther King was not able to attend, King’s speech recognized the positive impact of Robinson’s achievements beyond baseball.

Read more — and see photos — here.

Other events:

In 1951 The situation comedy “I Love Lucy” premiered on CBS.

In 1964, it was announced that Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev had been removed from office. He was succeeded as premier by Alexei N. Kosygin and as Communist Party secretary by Leonid I. Brezhnev

In 1989 Wayne Gretzky of the Los Angeles Kings surpassed Gordie Howe’s NHL career scoring record of 1,850 points.

In 1990 Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev was named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

In 1990 South Africa’s Separate Amenities Act, which had barred blacks from public facilities for decades, was scrapped.

In 1991 The Senate narrowly confirmed the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, 52-48.

In 1993 Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk were named winners of the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.

Other birthdays:

84 Lee Iacocca
Former Chrysler chairman

73 Barry McGuire
Rock singer

71 Linda Lavin
Actress (“Alice”)

66 Penny Marshall
Actress, director

63 Jim Palmer
Baseball Hall of Famer

62 Richard Carpenter
Singer, musician (The Carpenters)

55 Tito Jackson
Singer (The Jackson Five)

53 Tanya Roberts

49 Sarah Ferguson
Duchess of York

49 Emeril Lagasse
TV chef

39 Dominic West
Actor (“The Wire”)

Written by cdorobek

October 15, 2008 at 10:06 AM

Posted in community

Tagged with , ,

Happy birthday to… Helen Mosher

leave a comment »

Happy birthday to Helen Mosher, who is the New Media Editor for AFCEA’s SIGNAL Magazine. She is one of the hardest working “virtual” people I know — and absolutely passionate about innovative ways to use technology… in publishing… in government… She Twitters… she has built AFCEA’s Second Life island… she blogs — in fact, she work blogs and she off-work blogs. And she just got married, so… it has been an exciting year for her.

I should note that Signal magazine and I are in talks about me writing a column for their monthly magazine… so there you go — transparency.

Anyway, happy birthday to Mosher.

On this date in history:

* in 1964, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was named winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.

* 1890, Dwight David Eisenhower, the 34th United States president and highly respected American general, was born.

* in 1968, the first live telecast from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.

* in 1979 Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers scored the first of his National Hockey League record 894 goals in a home game against the Vancouver Cancucks.

It’s the birthday of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, born in London in 1644. He was the son of an admiral, and even after he became a Quaker, he continued to wear splendid clothes and to carry his sword to Friends meetings. Read more about Penn on the Library of Congress’s ‘on this day in history’ page.

Also celebrating today:

98 John Wooden
Hall of Fame basketball coach

92 C. Everett Koop
Former surgeon general

81 Roger Moore

70 John Dean
Former White House counsel

69 Ralph Lauren
Fashion designer

50 Thomas Dolby
Rock singer, musician

34 Natalie Maines
Country singer (Dixie Chicks)

Written by cdorobek

October 14, 2008 at 9:07 AM

Posted in Circuit

Tagged with

Happy birthday to… rising star Steve Ressler

leave a comment »

Steve Ressler (photo by Matthew Borkoski)

Steve Ressler (photo by Matthew Borkoski)

On this Oct. 13, a big DorobekInsider slice of birthday cake to Steve Ressler.

I mentioned Ressler earlier this year — he was part of the freshman class of FCW’s Rising Star award winners. In the years since then, Ressler has become a friend. He is one of those people who just can look at problems in new and innovative ways. (I hate those people! Actually, I LOVE them!) He was one of the co-founders of the Young Government Leaders, and now is the pervayor of the social networking site GovLoop, which is a social networking site for feds. Federal News Radio had Ressler on our mid-day program, InDepth with Francis Rose. You can hear that interview here. [.mp3]

So… happy birthday Ressler.

As public radio’s Writer’s Almanac reports, it is also the birthday of Margaret Thatcher and Paul Simon.

It’s the birthday of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, born in Grantham, England, in 1925. She said, “Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”…

It’s the birthday of singer and songwriter Paul Simon, born in Newark, New Jersey, (1941). In 1964, he and his friend Art Garfunkel recorded a folk album, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM. It was a flop, and Paul Simon moved back in with his parents. But without telling Simon and Garfunkel, a producer added electric guitar, bass, and drums to the song “The Sound of Silence” and released it as a single. It went to No. 1 on the pop charts.

It is also the birthday on controversial comedian Lenny Bruce (10/13/1925 – 8/3/1966), who was actually tried on obscenity charges. You can read the NYT’s obit of Bruce here.

Other big events on this date in history:

1775 The Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet. (Happy birthday to the Navy!)

1792 The cornerstone of the White House was laid during a ceremony in the District of Columbia.

1960 Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy participated in the third televised debate of the presidential campaign, with Nixon in Hollywood, Calif., and Kennedy in New York.

1974 TV host Ed Sullivan died at age 72.

And, from the government IT world, from the archives of Federal Computer Week, this week back in 1996, nine companies won SEWP II contracts, the Defense Science Board report said the Defense Department need to “move aggressively to outsource most DOD support activities” — and one of the attractive early candidates were data centers. And this week in 1996, VA rolled out its then new Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VISTA) system. VistA is now used across VA hospitals… and, I believe, is even used by some commercial hospitals.

And… happy birthday to Steve!

Written by cdorobek

October 13, 2008 at 8:08 AM

Posted in Circuit

Tagged with , ,

DorobekInsider: Happy birthday Steve Krauss

leave a comment »

Steve Krauss (photo by Matthew Borkoski)

Steve Krauss (photo by Matthew Borkoski)

A very happy birthday to Steve Krauss — one of the government community’s rising stars… literally. Krauss was in FCW’s inaugural year of the Rising Star awards and he was one of the people who helped me get the Rising Star awards going. He is works with AFCEA’s Bethesda, MD chapter and is a past president of Bethesda’s Young AFCEANs. Like Steve Ressler, who I mentioned previously, he’s a doer.

UPDATE: I got a note that Krauss is the president-elect of the Bethesda AFCEA chapter.

Important events on this date:
* 1950 The comic strip “Peanuts” by Charles M. Schulz was first published.
* 1869 Political and spiritual leader Mohandas K. Gandhi was born in Porbandar, India. (10/2/1869 – 1/30/1948). (Read the NYT obit of Gandhi from 1948 here.)
* 1890 Comedian Groucho Marx (10/2/1890 – 8/19/1977) was born in New York.

So Kruass shares his birthday with:
* Sting (57)
* Singer/songwriter Don McLean (63) — “American Pie”;
* Mike Rutherford (58), from Genesis
* Annie Leibovitz (59), the celeberity photographer. (Her most recent book can be found here.)
* Kelly Ripa (38), the actress and talk show host (“Live with Regis and Kelly”)
* And, for those American Idol fans… Mandisa (32) (Here American Idol page is here… When does Idol start again?)

Other historical figures born on this date:

* Bud Abbott (10/2/1897 – 4/24/1974), one half of the Abbott and Costello comedy team. (“Whose on first” is still hystically funny!)
* England’s King Richard III (10/2/1452 – 8/22/1485)
* and… Nat Turner (10/2/1800 – 11/11/1831), American slave hanged for leading violent slave uprising

Happy birthday Steve.

And… Who is on first?

Written by cdorobek

October 2, 2008 at 6:11 AM

Posted in community

Tagged with

DorobekInsider: Happy birthday to Washington Technology’s Nick Wakeman

leave a comment »

A happy birthday to Nick Wakeman, the editor in chief of Washington Technology.

Nick has had a very exciting year — welcoming the newest Wakeman into the world.

On this date in history:

It was this week in 1066 that William the Conqueror of Normandy first arrived on British soil. (Read more here.)

In 1896, F. Scott Fitzgerald, the famed American novelist of the Jazz Age, was born.
1755… John Marshall, (9/24/1755 – 7/6/1835), the fourth chief justice of the United States, was born in Germantown, Virginia. Marshall also served as a congressman and as Secretary of State.

1789… Congress passed the First Judiciary Act, which provided for an attorney general and a Supreme Court.
1869… Financiers Jay Gould and James Fisk tried to corner the gold market, sending Wall Street into a panic and leaving thousands of investors in financial ruin.
1960… The USS Enterprise, the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, was launched at Newport News, Va.
1968… “60 Minutes” premiered on CBS.

Other people born on this date:

* Joseph Kennedy II, former U.S. representative, D-Mass., turns 56

And some people born on this date in history:

* Jim Henson (Sept. 24, 1936 – May, 16, 1990), the American puppeteer; creator of the Muppets
* Stephen Bechtel (9/24/1900 – 3/14/1989), the American construction engineer; founded Bechtel Corp.

Written by cdorobek

September 24, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Posted in Circuit

Tagged with , ,

Happy birthday to OMB’s Tim Young

leave a comment »

OMB's Tim Young

It is Tim Young’s birthday today.

Until recently, Young was deputy administrator for e-government and information technology. That job has since been made a career appointment being filled by Mike Howell, who came to the post from the Interior Department, where he had been serving as the CIO. Young is still at OMB — although we hear he is looking for a private sector job.

So on this date in history:

* In 1792, The French National Convention voted to abolish the monarchy.
* In 1937, “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien was published.
* In 1970, “NFL Monday Night Football” debuted on ABC.

Young shares this birthday with:
* JR Ewing actor Larry Hagman (77-years-old)
* Former CIA director James Woolsey (67)
* Author Stephen King (61)
* Actor Bill Murray (58)
* and singer Faith Hill (41)

Historical figures born on this date:
* American statesman Henry Stimson (9/21/1867 – 10/20/1950… You can actually read the NYT obit of Stimson.)
* Science fiction writer H.G. Welles (9/21/1866 – 8/13/1946… read more about Welles on PRI’s Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keilor.)

Happy birthday to Tim!

Written by cdorobek

September 21, 2008 at 9:54 AM

Posted in Circuit

Tagged with A happy birthday to… Charlie Church

leave a comment »

Church most recently was the CIO for the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection (IAIP) Directorate of the Homeland Security Department. In March, he joined Affiliated Computer Services Inc. as VP of homeland security and defense.

Happy birthday Charlie.

Written by cdorobek

September 11, 2008 at 7:58 AM

Posted in Circuit

Tagged with Happy birthday to them this weekend…

leave a comment »

Celebrating birthdays this weekend…

  • Barry West, the former Commerce Department CIO who is now an executive vice president at Strategic Enterprise Solutions Inc. (SE Solutions) celebrates on Friday.
  • Carlton Jones, who most recently was lead Multimax before it was acquired by Harris last year, has joined the integrator Indus, parties on Sunday.
  • Sally Turner of CGI-AMS, parties on Sunday.

Happy birthday to them all.

If you know of birthdays that deserve recognition, let us know at cdorobek at

Written by cdorobek

September 5, 2008 at 7:01 PM

Posted in Circuit

Tagged with