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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…

The History Channel has information on this date in 1943, when the Americans secure Guadalcanal

Wikipedia lists events from Feb. 8 here

Some additional events…

1587 Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England after she was implicated in a plot to murder her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.

1693 A charter was granted for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.

1837 The Senate selected Richard Mentor Johnson of Kentucky as vice president after no candidate received a majority of electoral votes.

1904 The Russo-Japanese War began.

1910 The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated.

1915 D.W. Griffith’s silent movie epic about the Civil War, “The Birth of a Nation,” premiered in Los Angeles.

1922 President Warren G. Harding had a radio installed in the White House.

1924 The first execution by gas in the United State took place at the Nevada State Prison in Carson City.

1968 Three college students died in a confrontation with highway patrolmen in Orangeburg, S.C., during a civil rights protest against a whites-only bowling alley.

1978 Senate deliberations were broadcast on radio for the first time as members opened debate on the Panama Canal treaties.

1980 President Jimmy Carter unveiled a plan to re-introduce draft registration.

1993 General Motors sued NBC, alleging that the program “Dateline NBC” had rigged two crashes to show that GM pickups were prone to fires. (NBC settled the lawsuit the following day.)

1999 The Senate heard closing arguments in President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial.

2004 Beyonce won five Grammy Awards, tying the record for female performers held by Lauryn Hill, Alicia Keyes and Norah Jones.

2005 Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced a cease-fire at a summit in Egypt.

2007 Model and tabloid sensation Anna Nicole Smith died at age 39 of an accidental drug overdose.


77 John Williams
Composer, conductor

69 Ted Koppel
Broadcast journalist

68 Nick Nolte

67 Robert Klein

66 Creed Bratton
Actor (“The Office”)

61 Dan Seals
Country singer

60 Brooke Adams

54 John Fox
Football coach

54 John Grisham

50 Henry Czerny

48 Sammy Llanas
Rock musician (The BoDeans)

48 Vince Neil
Rock singer (Motley Crue)

47 Lisa Jackson
EPA administrator

41 Gary Coleman
Actor (“Diff’rent Strokes”)

40 Mary McCormack

39 Alonzo Mourning
Basketball player

35 Seth Green
Actor (“Austin Powers” movies)

35 Josh Morrow
Actor (“The Young and the Restless”)

32 Phoenix
Rock musician (Linkin Park)

24 Jeremy Davis
Rock musician (Paramore)

21 Ryan Pinkston

17 Karle Warren
Actress (“Judging Amy”)

Written by cdorobek

February 8, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Posted in birthdays, Circuit

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