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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).

Read more about Groundhog Day and more about what happened on this date after the break.

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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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