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There are 2 entries for this date: David Cross and Robert Scheer
David Cross

David Cross

On this date in 1964, comedian David Cross was born to politically liberal, Jewish parents in Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Emerson College in Boston. Cross has been doing standup comedy for more than 20 years. He has also written for comedy shows, acted and made many television appearances. Cross wrote for the Emmy Award-winning "The Ben Stiller Show" (1992). He starred in the late 1990s HBO series, "Mr. Show with Bob and David," with comedy partner Bob Odenkirk. Cross' acting roles include playing Rob in the movie, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," the salesman in "The Cable Guy" and a radio caller in "The Truth about Cats and Dogs." His comedy videos include "David Cross: Let America Laugh" (2003). Cross played a teacher at a Rock Star Academy for the Sugarcube video by the progressive band Yo la Tengo. "Rock Against Bush," Volume I, includes footage of Cross' standup comedy routines.

"I was born Jewish, but I am an atheist. I don't believe in God."

—-David Cross, appearance on ABC's "Politically Incorrect" (March 9, 1998), cited by Celebrity Atheists website

Compiled by Annie Laurie Gaylor ; Photo by s_bukley / Shutterstock.com

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Robert Scheer

On this date in 1936, American journalist, editor, author and humanitarian Robert Scheer was born in the Bronx neighborhood of New York City. During his youth, he attended the public schools in his area and graduated from City College of New York. He also studied as a fellow at Syracuse University, Yale and the University of California at Berkeley in the Center for Chinese Studies where he conducted graduate work in economics. From 1964 to 1969, Scheer was the Vietnam correspondent, managing editor and editor-in-chief of Ramparts magazine. Scheer went on to work as a journalist and columnist at the Los Angeles Times for nearly 30 years, serving as one of the most progressive voices on the staff. He was fired after decades of dedication to the paper for reasons he believes stemmed from ideological differences with the publisher. Scheer has interviewed a number of U.S. presidents, including Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. In 1993, during his employment at the Los Angeles Times, he launched a nationally syndicated column and worked as a contributing editor for 12 years. This column became known as Truthdig, which relocated to the San Francisco Chronicle, where Scheer is the editor-in-chief of the independent journal. 

Scheer has written several books, including “The Five Biggest Lies Bush Told Us About Iraq” (2004) co-authored with his son Christopher Scheer and Lakshmi Chaudry, “The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America” (2008) and “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy” (2015). He has won numerous awards such as the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, the 2010 Distinguished Work in New Media Award, and the 2011 Izzy Award for outstanding achievement in independent media. Additionally, Truthdig is a four-time recipient of the Webby Award for best political blog. Scheer has authored 10 books and teaches as a clinical professor of communications in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. He is former co-host of “Left, Right, and Center,” a political radio program on National Public Radio channel KCRW. He now hosts “Scheer Intelligence” (at KCRW), where he interviews people who discuss the day’s most important issues offering a unique and often surprising perspective. He resides in California with his wife Narda Catharine Zacchino. 

“I was always raised with the idea there was an inherent value to human life — and [that] certainly was not based on religion. I think it was enhanced by not being religious. I had to find meaning in the secular life. You know, I couldn’t be waiting for another life. And I couldn’t find it just in scripture or something. My parents had both basically rebelled against the life of scripture. They saw its downside.” 

—Robert Scheer, The Real News Network interview, July 5, 2015

Compiled by Tolulope Igun

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