ELEVEN YEARS OF GINGEROLOGY......

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This Day in GINGEROLOGY - July 7th

1871: Richard Carle (born Charles Nicholas Carleton), who starred with Ginger in the film “Hat Check Girl” (as Professor), was born in Somerville, Massachusetts.

1912: Edna Callahan (born Edwina G. Callaghan), who starred with Ginger in the films “42nd Street” (as Chorus Girl) and “Gold Diggers of 1933 (as Gold Digger), was born in Alameda, California.

1966: Carmelita Geraghty, who starred with Ginger in the film “Broadway Bad” (as Showgirl), died in New York City, at the age of 65.

1976: Norman Foster, who starred with Ginger in the films “Young Man of Manhattan” (as Toby McLean), “Professional Sweetheart” (as Jim Davey) and “Rafter Romance” (as Jack), died in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 72.

2015: FXM RETRO aired “Dreamboat”.

2019: TCM aired “The Gay Divorcee”.

GingerTelevision...

Next GingerFilm(s) (on TCM - all times Eastern):

July 13, 2020 @ 4:00 P.M. - The Barkleys of Broadway
July 16, 2020 @ 8:00 A.M. - Tender Comrade
July 16, 2020 @ 10:00 A.M. - The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle
July 16, 2020 @ 12:00 P.M. - The First Traveling Saleslady
July 16, 2020 @ 1:45 P.M. - In Person
July 16, 2020 @ 3:30 P.M. - Star of Midnight
July 16, 2020 @ 5:15 P.M. - Chance at Heaven
July 16, 2020 @ 6:30 P.M. - Bachelor Mother
July 23, 2020 @ 7:00 A.M. - Perfect Strangers
August 17, 2020 @ 4:00 A.M. - Once Upon a Honeymoon
August 20, 2020 @ 1:15 A.M. - Flying Down to Rio
September 3, 2020 @ 7:15 A.M. - Having Wonderful Time
September 24, 2020 @ 8:15 A.M. - Kitty Foyle
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Sunday, July 5, 2020

...NOW... ...Where WERE We???


 
...suffice it to say...  ...it's been a while...  ...anything happen since we last met? 

With that, it's great to be back in this glorious thang called Gingerology...  ...since we last met, there has indeed been a LOT of tragedy and unrest going on, which we are ALL still in the midst of...  Prayers to all who have been affected by the unbelievable scourge of a relentless virus, and also to those affected by civil unrest as a result of a heinous act of isolated brutality... ...the ramifications of both events have forever changed our world, and who knows to what end...  OK enough of that... it had to be said, but I know y'all generally don't peruse Gingerology for social/political commentary... Praise Allah for that!  (hopefully you don't look for religious banter on here, either... for the most part...) 

SO... hope Y'ALL have been doing well OTHERWISE... MY situation is plodding along rather nicely in my still somewhat new-ish company, and things have been picking up even through all the dire conditions over the last 3-4 months... so Hu is VERY blessed in that respect, y'all... 

...on the GingerFront, there have been quite a few Gingery events going on, not the least of which is the impending GingerTennial +9 (i.e., Ginger's 109th Heavenly Birthday), which is always a great time to 'Get Your Ginger On'... and TCM is making that pretty easy this year, as they are spinning a slew (that's at least seven) of GingerFilms... here they are, as film posters, because, well, hey, posters are typically pretty cool: 






...And there you have it. A nice mix of Ginger's efforts, with the most 'dramatic' role she had with Freddie...  KUDOS to the good folks at TCM for giving Ginger a proper birthday tribute!!!  As a side note, and I'm sure I've harped on this quite a bit in other circles, but... it's REALLY time that TCM 'break out' into two or actually at least THREE different channels, each bounded by 'eras'... obviously, the 'Golden Age' should be one, to me up to the start of WWII - well, make it 1940 for a memorable 'break point'...  THEN another channel with films from 1940-1970 or so...  and the last from 1970 to whatever is the 'new classic' film cutoff point from where we are standing in 2020... Let's hope that occurs, as there is a LARGE proportion of time slots being eaten by films that are from 1970 or later...  so get out there and scream from the rooftop regarding this issue!!!  ...or at least talk it up... 

Well, guess that's about it for now... oh, there IS the "National Examiner" deal that just came out, but... I'll have to break that down with a post unto itself...  bottom line, the "Ginger and Freddie Secret Affair" rumor is absolute hogwash, but then y'all already knew that... 
...as to Gingerology Proper, I am going to get back on the TCM Calendar, along with whatever else I can snag as to GingeryTV dates... the gang over at FB's "It's a Ginger Rogers Thang" have done SO great keeping folks up to date with airings!  AND, also will crank up the 'This Day in Gingerology" info again, and hope to expand on the entries soon... there's still a LOT of folks Ginger was in films with who aren't accounted for in the TDIG...

AAAAND, somewhat finally, a BIG shout out to... this BLOG, who turns ELEVEN today! It is STILL hard to believe it's been that long since I started this puppy up! Thanks to those who have checked it out, even when it has been in a 'quazi-dormant' stage, and a hearty HIYA to all the NEW folks who are checking it out for the first time... 

So, until next time, which will be MUCH sooner than THIS "next time", I bid y'all adieu... ...and, in the words of that Immortal Gingerologist of Yore...

...Keep It Gingery, Y'all!!!

Hu
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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Gingeremembrance 2020...

...25 years ago today, Ginger left us and danced on air into the Great Beyond... 

...As always, this time of year is the most somber for Gingerology - the best thing to do is, of course, watch a few GingerFilms to help remind us why we are Gingerologists in the first place, and reflect on her career, and her incredible life which never seemed to have a dull moment. It's great to see all the folks on Facebook, even on 'non-Ginger' sites, pay tribute to Ginger - that's truly why this blog exists, and why we all try our best to keep her memory and legacy alive. 

Hope all of you are well out there, and remaining safe in this strange time... I WOULD mention that it's April, but... y'all already know that, and how I feel about that... so, that's that.

With that, all of y'all Keep It Gingery, and Stay Safe!!!

Hu
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Saturday, April 18, 2020

...bad news from Independence...


...Most of y'all know the story about Marge and Gene Padgitt, who purchased and thoroughly renovated the Ginger birth home in Indpendence, Missouri...  Some of us were fortunate enough to make it to the Ginger Rogers Festival back in 2018, and got to meet Roberta Olden, Ginger's longtime assistant... well, here's the news from Marge herself, via FaceBook:

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Owens-Rogers Museum is closed and the house is for sale. Due to the coronavirus and a lack of interest in the museum, we have closed and put the house on the market. The museum will be moved to a new location and all items will be put on display in the new building, including the bricks that people purchased. A new site has not yet been obtained but we will post a notice when it is open. A press release will be posted on the blog shortly. The house has been fully renovated and restored to as close to the 1906 time period as possible. All of the original woodwork, claw foot tub and corner sink remain, and new 1940's period-look kitchen appliances are installed. The house comes mostly furnished. List price $109,000. Contact Marge Padgitt at threetrailscottages@gmail.com for more information. See more photos HERE.

Pretty sad news, to be sure... I know the Padgitts put a LOT of work into this project to make it true to the period, and the result was great!  Unfortunately, just not enough foot traffic through there, and of course with the general shutdown we are all in currently, just proved to be unsustainable. With that, it would be great to see someone purchase the property that will retain the house in the style it has been renovated to... but I'm not getting my hopes up for that, as folks will want to alter things to fit their tastes. 

If anything, it would be cool to have a more 'permanent' type of historical sign-marker at the site which would give a brief overview of the significance of the spot, and of Ginger's career. 

It's a tough fact, but we Gingerologists are a dwindling bunch... for whatever reason, there just aren't as many folks who know about Ginger, or at least the awesome details of her career and life, as other actors/actresses...  each generation fades the previous one that much more, sadly...  with that, this blog I'm working on here is pretty dormant as well - nobody's fault, just still cranking at my new business and not enough time for it... and to me, you have to do this thang PROPERLY, or just don't DO it. The 'good' news is, I am in a bit of 'lull' at the present with work (mid-May is supposed to be gonzo, tho...) - but in the interim, I am going to get on here and try to 'catch up' as much as possible, beginning with the resumption of the 'This Day in Gingerology', as well as 'GingerFilms on TCM' schedule...  and maybe even a few other things here and there, who knows.

But also, sad to hear of the Independence house up for sale... hey, perhaps one of Y'ALL could snag it!   

Hope everyone out there is staying safe and well... this deal is gonna get over soon...  just keep the faith, and of course, as always...  KEEP IT GINGERY!!!

Hu
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Monday, July 15, 2019

Happy Birthday Ginger!!!


Hard to believe it's been roughly a year since the GingerFest in Independence occurred! And while there will be no GingerFest this year, there will still be a celebration at her birth house, thanks to Missouri Marge!
And of course, we will all celebrate GingerTennial +8 in our own ways... actually, I'm on a road trip to Oxford, Mississippi tomorrow, where my daughter is checking out the place... she's a 'rising senior' in high school, and is thinking of going into law... I'm not sure how a Ginger celebration could be worked in, unless there is an ice cream joint there (I'm pretty sure there is)… but anyway, hope everyone has a good day, try to catch a GingerFilm or two - I've noticed TCM has a few to air on the 20th, so... that's something, I guess...

Keep It Gingery, y'all!!!

Hu
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Friday, July 5, 2019

A DECADE OF GINGEROLOGY!!!

...has it already been TEN years???

SO hard to believe... seems like... well, 4-5 years ago, I guess, when I started this blog. The sole purpose for this thing was to communicate in the blogosphere with Miss Beth Rose, who had her own spectacular blog, "Finding Ginger", which has been long since dormant... but still a cool blog to peruse - I suggest you do, along with the other ones I have listed on the right-hand side of my blog page. For example, from Finding Ginger, check out THIS post, which y'all all need to take action on! 

Over this ten years, your humble author has:

Purchased all of the GingerFilms which were and are available on DVD (including a few 'box sets' containing just ONE GingerFilm amongst a bunch of other stuff), and 'found' the rest, via somewhat perilous means and methods - and still pining (i.e. suffering) to see Hat Check Girl one of these years;

Taken a vacation day from work to watch and record seven consecutive GingerFilms being shown on TCM from early morning to dusk;

Shelled out quite a few clams over time purchasing various forms of Gingerbilia from eBay and other various outlets, to the point of going back over it from time to time and noting "Hey, I didn't know I had THIS! COOL!!!;

Set up a blog for EACH GingerFilm (although those are pretty much dormant, I would LOVE to find time to get those a bit more 'complete');

Traveled to Independence, Missouri in order to be where Ginger was born 100 years to the day I was there (along with a few others ;-)  )...which was a pretty neat experience; 

Taken MANY pictures of products with the word "Ginger" ANYwhere in it's title or description (which I guess I'm going to file or something for some future project...);

Written quite a few 'in-depth' reviews, as well as 'Huey Treatments' of the first third or so of the GingerFilms, which hopefully are of entertainment value to you G-ologists out there - need to get back on THAT as well ("Top Hat" is on the clock);

Traveled to Boston University to see an awesome display of Ginger's OWN Gingerbilia, as graciously allowed by Ms. Roberta Olden; all the while wearing a Kansas City Royals shirt (in honor of Ginger, of course), in Boston... ...Red Sox world... it took me a bit to figure out why I got a few 'stink eyes', especially when around Fenway...;

Generally come to view the overall 'timeline' of the universe as two periods, pre-1911 and post-1911;

Named my 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe "Ginger" (she's powerful yet nimble, strong yet comforting, and overall VERY beautiful);

Learned the lyrics to more tunes from musicals and Broadway shows than I'd EVER think I would;

Traveled to Independence (again) to participate in GingerFest 2018, which was wickedawesome to say the least, meeting several great G-ologists, as well as Marge and Gene Padgitt, the incredible restorers of Ginger's birth house, and also getting to meet Ms. Roberta Olsen, who is a 'de-facto' descendent of Ginger, and keeper of TRUE Gingerbilia from Ginger's collection;

Set up a 'dedicated' FaceBook for Gingery stuff, and in the process discovered MANY more G-ologists than blogs would ever produce;

AND... well, made it TEN years!!!

With that, you have probably noticed that the posting is nearly non-existent here since the first of the year; this is primarily due to your humble author setting up his own single proprietorship at the first of the year, thus dedicating LOTS of time to that endeavor. Sadly, G-ology has been neglected... and, although blogs are still a viable format, it is no surprise that FaceBook has really overtaken the blog format, as it is SO much easier to interact and post on... I'm seriously considering doing a lot more on FB, by setting up a 'page' for it... I've always been tentative, due to there being other GingerPages existing there... so, we shall see...

With that, the MAIN thing to say is... THANKS for following this blog!!! It has been a great time, and I do intend to continue it, and hopefully get a bit more prolific on it in the near future.  There's lots of things I want to do, but time is always the culprit... and to do things RIGHT, time and attention must be given to posts... here's hopin'...

But until then, as ALWAYS...

KEEP
IT
GINGERY
Y'ALL!!!

HU
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