This Day in GINGEROLOGY - April 26th
1890: Edgar Kennedy, who starred with Ginger in the films “Carnival Boat” (as Baldy) and “Professional Sweetheart” (as Tim Kelsey), and was known of the “King of the ‘slow burn’ facial expression”, was born in Monterey County, California.
1899: Guinn ‘Big Boy’ Williams (born Guinn Terrell Williams, Jr.), who starred with Ginger in the films “You Said a Mouthful” (as Joe Holt – Swimming Champion) and “Rafter Romance” (as Fritzie), was born in Decatur, Texas.
1936: Tammany Young, who starred with Ginger in the films “Follow The Leader” (as Bull) and “Gold Diggers of 1933” (as Gigolo Eddie), died in Hollywood, California, at the age of 49.
1989: Lucille Ball, who starred with Ginger in the films “Roberta” (as uncredited ‘Fashion Model’), “Top Hat”(as uncredited ‘Flower Girl’), “Follow The Fleet” (as Kitty Collins), “Stage Door” (as Judith), and “Having Wonderful Time” (as Miriam), died in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 77.
2013: TCM aired “Kitty Foyle”.
2015: FXM RETRO aired “Dreamboat”.2016: TCM aired “Carnival Boat”.
Next GingerFilm(s) (on TCM - all times Eastern):
May 4, 2017 @ 12:45 P.M. Gold Diggers of 1933
May 4, 2017 @ 6:15 P.M. 42nd Street
May 17, 2017 @ 4:15 A.M. Finishing School
Next GingerFilm(s) (on FXM Retro - all times Eastern) - NOTE - the FXM Retro site is kinda 'cryptic' as far as specific times, so please check local listings for 'specific times':
None Currently Scheduled...
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Well, I've made some progress regarding "touching up" my scanned LIFE covers... here's a (somewhat) brief overview as to how to use Microsoft Paint to surprisingly great effect...
...FIRST, the pics posted a few days back (as the one above) are from the internet somewhere... thus in pristine condition, it appears... well, in REALITY, my editions of the magazines, while not in POOR shape by ANY stretch, still have a few spots here and there to patch up... SO, here's how Hu is accomplishing that task...
FIRST, open up the pic in PAINT - it should be a .jpg file if at all possible... Paint is 'persnickety', if anything, regarding its compatibility with other filetypes (like most all Microsoft programs...) ...here's the 'path' you take to do this, just in case there's anyone out there taking notes:
As for the work to be undertaken... HERE is a close-up of MY Ginger&Fred LIFE cover, showing a all-too-noticeable 'pock mark' in the background, hovering menacingly over Freddie's noggin...
This is just one of the cool aspects of Paint... while there are other 'third-party' programs out there which are most likely better, Paint is pretty decent for 'basic' editing of pics such as this... I'm sure many of y'all can run cirles around my efforts here, but hey, I'm feeling pretty good about the prospects of the intended results here...
WELL - back to work for the Hu-meister... this part may take a few days, as there are four of these, of course... so... until then...
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
HOWEVER, Hu and the Crew were out doing some 'post-Christmas' shopping, and just happened to stumbleupon some pretty dang cool 11x14 frames... for about a third of their normal cost! Four of these frames were purchased, with the thought of actually DOING this project within the year...
SO, with the frames at hand, the thought turned to somehow cranking out a decent copy of each cover, which...well, will ultimately be each picture proper! To this end, I have a few utilities in place; namely, a 'large-scale' scanner-printer, which will scan and print up to 11x17... that's not all that common in 'non-commercial' type 'all-in-ones'... it's an HP 7610 series, BTW... highly recommended by Hu.
AND, as to what type of paper one should use, a trip to the local Staples yielded 6 sheets of 11x17 'glossy' photo paper... not sure as to the specifics of it, but just know it's better than plain ol' copier paper... so that's done.
AS for ink, anyone who has a printer at home knows the cost of ink is purt near prohibitive when considering printing photos - especially large ones - but I've loaded up all new cartridges, so...we'll see... but the refill cartridges run around 65 clams (four cartridges - black, cyan, yellow, magenta), so this may 'stretch' the project timeline a wee bit...
This sets the table for the project... stay tuned for Part TWO of this glorious experiment, where I will post some actual 'step-by-step' photos showing the progress, most likely the 'editing' proceess for the copies prior to printing...
Keep It Gingery, Y'all!!!
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Now it appears it may happen - here's the link to the website - "The Ginger Rogers Birthplace Project". It is part of the Three Trails Cottages, LLC site, which is a home preservation / restoration company... in other words, the PERFECT situation for this century + old house! At the minimum, they are purchasing the property, restoring it, and will 'retro' the house as close as possible to the turn of the century...20th Century, that is... so that's AWESOME by itself!!!
Of course, any undertaking of this nature requires financial support... that's where we can all assist. Check THIS page out, which is a funding site for the project. Speifically, one may purchase brick pavers which will be part of the site, but engraved with your name or whatever you wish to engrave on them... see the site for details. ...pretty cool they used my Ginger in gold pic which was the Gingerology header for quite sometime... which was colorized by Maria, a Gingerologist from years past...
WELL, this is where we can actually take part in what should be a great GingerProject!!! I'm figuring out what I can do as far as donation goes... hopefully y'all can contribute... heck, if we all can just do a $50 donation, it should go a long way to bringing this project to fruition...
I'm truly planning on getting up to KC this summer, and FOR SURE meeting with these folks to discuss things... I am an engineer, as well as a code official, so maybe I can help out with something... although they appear to have a pretty solid team set up to cover all the angles.
Hope we can make a difference... yeah, there's plenty of needy causes out there, but this one is a pretty special one that is close to me, as well as y'all, I'm sure...
Saturday, January 9, 2016
TCM - Ginger Rogers inspired jewelry
...there are many more offerings from TCM regarding jewelry inspired by actresses... LOTSA Harlow and Bette stuff... which is fine, but... MORE GINGER!!!
Of course, Hu will most likely not pop on one of these, but if any of y'all out there DO, please feel free to review it here, or at least over in the FaceBook GingerCommunity...
Hope 2016 is 'rock'-ing along QUITE Gingerly for y'all thus far!
Until we meet again...
It is my hope that I can continue to make 'G-ology' interesting and informative regarding the 'Beautiful Science' of VKM, which is SUCH a great topic!!! ...And remember, your comments are what make Gingerology click - so keep cranking them out!
Thanks again, JW