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Friday, July 16, 2021



...Well, another GingerYear has passed, and it's been 110 big ones since our girl entered this ever-changing world...  ...hard to believe it's also been three years since the Ginger Rogers Festival (a.k.a. GingerFest 2018) in Independence, Missouri!  Perhaps we can all get together again one of these years and have another great time of Gingeryness...  

...the next best thing IS occurring, tho, as Marge Padgitt is doing a ZOOM presentation / virtual tour of the Ginger Birth House this Sunday from 3-4 Central Time... hopefully folks have that info, but if not, here's the link ($10.00 fee): 

Ginger Virtual Festival 2021

I sadly cannot participate, as I am VERY 'backlogged' with work... good problem to have, but a bad thing when it comes to wanting to do something gnarly like this... I'm positive it will be a great experience for all who partake, and hope y'all have fun!!! 

With that, I need to get back on the work detail... but hope all you Gingerologists out there have an incredibly Gingery day celebrating the life of our incredible Ginger Rogers!!! 

KIG, y'all!



Monday, July 5, 2021

A DOZEN YEARS of Gingerology!!!!

...more or less! It's pretty bad when you have to get your Blogger password 'recovered' because you forgot it...  with that, just happy to note that this blog is still here, although VERY dormant the last few years.... Hope y'all root though the 'archives' of it and find some cool stuff here and there...  

At the end of the day, the concept of a 'blog' appears to be a 'journal' that documents an arc of time... I think I have accomplished that with Gingerology, as the initial intent of this blog was to seek out all of Ginger's films, and obtain them if at all possible... over the years that followed, many of her films have been released on DVD, with only a few still available via 'non-traditional' avenues... and even the elusive Hat Check Girl was accounted for, even though few of us (read: ME) have been able to view it (still waiting for that Atlanta TCM Festival, y'all...)  


So, with all the films accounted for, another cool but ultimately bittersweet adventure was the saga of the Ginger Roger's birthplace in Independence, Missouri...  the place was getting quite creaky, as most century-old buildings are wont to do... enter the Padgitts, who stepped in and TOTALLY did what I was dreaming of doing (somehow), by giving the old place a TOTAL renovation top to bottom... Marge and Gene are Gingerology Elite, whether they know it or not, for their herculean efforts.  Alas, the museum could not survive, but from reports, the house is currently owned by a Ginger fan who lives there, so that's an happy ending! 

(pic courtesy of Christine McDonald... thanks, C-Mac!) - always thought it was cool they used one of the G-ology 'header pics' for this poster... 


...but the last few years, I have had quite a bit of activity, as I have started my own business! It as overall been a tremendous blessing, but of course takes up QUITE a bit of time...  THAT is where G-ology has suffered, sadly (hence, VERY few posts for 2020, which may be just as well, as it was not a joyous year - hope that all of you out there have recovered in all ways and are back to life!)  My whole philosophy of this blog is that posts should be of value, or at least carefully thought out (this current soliloquy is generally a rambling rant of sorts, but bear with me) - in other words, TIME and RESEARCH has to be put into a post, otherwise it really isn't going to mean much - well, ANYthing Gingery is awesome, but... you know. . BTW, if interested, my business is JHW Plan Review Services... HERE is a link... it's not too Gingery, tho...  Perhaps I should hire an Administrative Professional to assist me with day-to-day issues regarding my biz... ...remember, ANYONE can TYPE!!! 


SO, with that, here is hoping I can find some time here and there to do some things... again, I have had quite a few 'ideas' over time for posts, but they will take TIME...  again, here's hoping.  The FaceBook groups are all rumbling along so well, it truly seems like blogs are a thing of he past... I have kicked around doing a Gingerology FaceBook Group, but, when I see the great things already in FB, it would be pretty hard to add meaningful content.  Again, this is a major ramble, so let's just wrap up by noting that I am truly grateful to all who have followed and contributed to G-ology over time, and my hope is to get things going again one of these days... until then, THANKS for 12 years, and...

Keep It Gingery, y'all!!!



Wednesday, July 22, 2020


...well, we gotta narrow that down, of course, as purt near EVERY day is Ginger Rogers Day in some form or fashion for we Gingerologists, right? But THIS particular post is in fact referencing the TRUE Ginger Rogers Day, which was declared in Independence, Missouri (where else?) on July 23, 1964... Of course, that's a handful of days beyond her birthday, but hey, the whole month of July is GingerTime, right? 

The photo above is pretty familiar to G-ologists, as it's in her bio... it's her with Truman, who is that 'other person' from Independence... This particular pic (sorry for the quality) shows them burying one of Kate Hepburn's old 'mink' coats... no, check that - it's actually for a 'groundbreaking' of a new electrical system in Independence... good thing they didn't make them wear hard hats... pretty sure Ginger's bodacious 'do wouldn't have allowed it, and Ol' Harry's head was probably hard enough as is... 

Well, I honestly don't know of many more pictures from the event (y'all holler with any you know of... seems like I've SEEN some in spots...), but the ones to follow are when she visited the Truman Library just down the hill... 

...Ginger is looks SOOOOO incredible here... whoever the little dude is.. ...is one lucky little dude!!!

...not sure where the pic below is from... perhaps Harry's old house? It's just across the street from the library, so... yet ANOTHER GingerTrail spot... 

...these are all on the Truman Library Archives website - pretty cool, and certified as 'public domain', which rocks... thanks to the folks at Truman Library for sharing these! When we 'convened' there for GingerFest, I never thought much about Ginger actually having been there as well... I reckon the place has been updated a time or two since '64, but still a cool GingerTrail spot in Independence, along with the 'old homestead', of course...

...as to the other folks in these pics, other than Harry and of course Lela, I do not have a CLUE as to who anyone else is - if Y'ALL know, hit me up in FaceBook - the Truman Library didn't know any of these folks either... and these are in no particular order, just all from that day, as Ginger has the same dress on throughout - and if there was EVER a constant in the Universe, it's that Miss Rogers would NEVER wear the same thing on consecutive days, save for being in a role of some type... 

Well, as to the background for Ginger Rogers Day, she gives a recap of it in her bio, which goes like THIS:
"After finishing Magnificent Doll, I was invited to the White House [in 1946] to see the actual portrait of Dolley Madison and I happily accepted. 

While I was viewing the portrait, someone asked if I wanted to meet President Harry S. Truman. "Yes, I would," I said. "We are both from the same state."
Inquiries were made, and in a short while I was ushered into the President's office. He was busily working on some papers, which he took a moment to finish, and then looked up and said, "Now I'm ready to meet the young lady."
"Mr. President," I said in a teasing tone, "you and I are from the same city in Missouri, and I am here to register a complaint. No one realizes I'm from Independence and everyone knows you are. I'm Jealous."
"Oh, you are?"
"Yes. I'm proud to be from Missouri and Independence."
With a twinkle in his eye, our thirty-third President said, "Well, we'll have to do something about that."
Almost twenty years later, on July 23, 1964, something was done; Independence, Missouri had a "Ginger Rogers Day." Mother and my good friend, Shirley Eder, a journalist from Detroit, joined me for the festivities. On the grandstand with me was former President Harry S. Truman. After the ceremony, Mr. Truman and I were given shovels to break ground in Independence for a new electrical system. Then he invited us to tour the Truman Library, where we spent three wonderful hours with the former President as our guide. 
Before we left, he tried to reach Bess, but she had spent the afternoon at her favorite sport - fishing. So Harry Truman has his library in Independence, and I had my "Ginger Rogers Day." That seems fair enough!"

from the incredible, indispensable, indestructible book, GINGER: My Story

...NOW, a few interesting things here... as to the date, the Truman Library notes these pics as July 22, 1964; Ginger notes this occurred on July 23, 1964... so what do we do when there is a conflicting date? That's right, Ginger overrules... ALWAYS... over Presidents, Astronauts, even Gingerologists! SO... that's that. And although this post is dated July 22, just be sure you KNOW that Ginger Rogers Day is actually July 23, RIGHT???

...Also noticed she mentioned Shirley Eder was present... SO, one of the heretofore unknown folks in those pics above have been identified... the pic where Ginger is holding Harry's arm shows Miss Eder shaking Harry's hand... dang, it's cool to be a former president, or at least on certain occasions!

...And the OTHER thing that jumped out at me was the fact that Bess Truman was out fishing... reckon Ginger would have liked to join up with Bessie on the banks of the Missouri (or wherever she was dropping her line)??? Methinks so...
With that, y'all have a great (official) Ginger Rogers Day!!!
...which is easily done by just... 

...Until Later On...

Thursday, July 16, 2020

...Happy GINGERTENNIAL +9!!!


...well, another year, y'all! VERY hard to believe that it's been 9 years since the GingerTennial back in 2011... but hey, this is a great day for Gingerologists, of course, so hope all of y'all are doing well and having a great day in the midst of all the heavy stuff in the world... we need Ginger now more than ever, right?  

...SO, for those with TCM, hopefully you are getting to check out some Gingerfilms today, or at least DVR-ing them... and also get some ice cream, play some tennis (if possible), wear some pink somewhere, and just take a bit of time to celebrate our girl and her awesome scope of work!!! 

As noted in the last post, I'm going to get this blogger thingy cranked up again, at least in an 'every now and then' sense... SO, with that, here's to many more Ginger Birthday celebrations for us all!!!

Thanks for your support, and Keep It Gingery, y'all!!!

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!!!


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