Adoption Stamp 2000
The Designer and the Story
The Beverly Hills First Day Cover Event
The Sacramento Stamp for Adoption Event
The Silicon Valley and Santa Cruz Adoption Stamp Event
Berger, illustrator of the U.S. Postal Service's Adoption
Stamp, was born March 10, 1969 in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was adopted
that same year and then moved to South Africa with his family, Michael
and Sheila Berger.
Berger grew up in Cape Town and later studied and worked in Durban. He
attended South African College Schools during his high school years.
After high school, Berger spent two years in the military, then
traveled to Europe for a year. He returned to Durban and studied
graphic design at Natal Technikon from 1991 to 1993. From 1993 to 1996
Berger used his diploma in graphic design working as a packaging
In 1996, he returned to the United States to "see the country" and
explore opportunities to further his career.
"1 had a wonderful, happy childhood," says Berger. "1 knew from
day-one that I was adopted. My parents were always very supportive and
allowed me to grow and learn in a healthy and loving atmosphere. I
feel extremely grateful for the upbringing I was given."
Berger says his parents were also supportive in his search to seek out
his biological mother, which he did upon his return to the states. "1
located my birth mother and the search went well," he says. "There was
a sense of completion in my life upon meeting her."
Since 1997 he has worked closely with the Kessler Design Group in
Bethesda, MD, working on marketing materials for the Postal Service,
as well as assisting with the designs of several 1999 and 2000
commemorative stamps. Berger was asked to do the Adoption stamp
because of his artistic skills and the fact that he was adopted. The
Adoption stamp is the first stamp he has illustrated for the Postal
He has one sister, Michele, who was also adopted and now lives in the
United States. Berger lives in Virginia.
Beverly Hills, May 10, 2000
At 10:00 AM on May 10, the US Post Office will open the doors of the
Beverly Hills Post Office to Dave Thomas of Wendy's, and the Dave
Thomas Foundation, to Henry Winkler, to Paula Poundstone,
to other Hollywood celebrities, and to CAAA. The stars will
sell first day covers to the public. Be there!
SACRAMENTO, May 11, 2000
On May 11th at the State Capitol in Sacramento adoption workers, advocates
and families will celebrate adoption and the new Adoption Stamp. Come early
and join the fun!
SAN JOSE and
SANTA CRUZ, May 11, 2000.
On May 11th in San Jose and Santa Cruz adoption workers,
families, advocates, and United States Post Office staff will celebrate the
Adoption Stamp at the main San Jose and Santa Cruz Post Offices. You are all
welcome! For info call toll free: 877-FF-AFTER.