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DorobekInsider: Happy birthday to GSA’s Martha Dorris

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Martha Dorris

Martha Dorris

A very happy birthday to Martha Dorris, who is GSA’s deputy associate administrator in charge of the Office of Citizen Services. Her office oversees, among other things, the federal government Web portal, USA.gov. (If you have any doubt that she loves her work, check out the license plate on her car!) In her non-work hours, she heads the American Council for Technology (ACT). She also serves as the head of the corresponding International Council for Information Technology in Government Administration (ICA).

I’m sure it’s purely coincidential, but… USA.gov’s blog, GovGab, is also celebrating its one-year birthday. (And check out the new multi-media press release — PR 2.0, if you will.)

Big events on this date:

* 1493 Christopher Columbus set sail from Cadiz, Spain, with a flotilla of 17 ships on his second voyage to the Western Hemisphere.
* 1775 American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen was captured by the British as he led an attack on Montreal.
* 1789 The first United States Congress adopted 12 amendments to the Constitution and sent them to the states for ratification. (Ten of the amendments became the Bill of Rights.)
* 1890 Mormon president Wilford Woodruff issued a manifesto formally renouncing the practice of polygamy.
* 1981 Sandra Day O’Connor was sworn in as the first female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
* 2001 Michael Jordan announced he was returning to basketball with the NBA’s Washington Wizards.

Sharing Dorris’ birthday:

* Actor Will Smith, who turns 40
* News woman Barbara Walters (79)
* Defense Secretary Robert Gates (65)
* Actor Michael Douglas (64)
* Star Wars actor Mark Hamill (57 — you’re kidding, right? 57?)
* Actress Heather Locklear (47)
* Acress Catherine Zeta-Jones (39 — OK, both Douglas and Zeta-Jones have the same birthday and they’re married. Hmmm.)

People born on this date in history:

* William Faulkner (9/25/1897 – 7/6/1962): American Nobel Prize-winning novelist and short story writer (Read more about Faulkner over at PRI’s Writer’s Almanac.)
* Melville Bissell (9/25/1843 – 3/15/1889), the American inventor of the carpet sweeper
* Mark Rothko (9/25/1903 – 2/25/1970), American Abstract Expressionist painter
* John V. Dodge (9/25/1909 – 4/23/1991), American publishing executive of the Encyclopedia Britannica
* Glenn Gould (9/25/1932 – 10/4/1982), Canadian pianist

Written by cdorobek

September 25, 2008 at 7:34 AM

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