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Jane Goodall Autographed Sock Monkey Auctioned for Education Fund

Tue, 04/15/2008 - 12:45PM by Ginger 0 Comments -

Whimsical symbol of Rockford’s industrial history gains celebrity attention at international event

Jane Goodall with Sock Monkey, auctioned on eBay for Scholarship FundJane Goodall with Sock Monkey, auctioned on eBay for Scholarship Fund

ROCKFORD, Ill., April 10, 2008 – Dr. Dame Jane Goodall, whose scientific observation of chimpanzees in the rain forests of Tanzania in the 1960s revolutionized our understanding of humans’ closest kin, was keynote lecturer at a recent professional conference in San Diego. At the book signing that followed, she autographed a sock monkey doll that had been hand crafted for Midway Village Museum from Original Rockford Red-Heeled Socks. The dolls have become an iconic symbol of Rockford’s industrial history and a popular collector’s item worldwide.

The autographed sock monkey will be auctioned online at e-Bay, with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund of the Rockford chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

The monkey was presented to Dr. Goodall for signing by Dena Mattausch of the Rockford-based Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Foundation. Mattausch, who won a Chamberlain scholarship from AFP International to attend its annual conference, hatched the idea of auctioning the doll as a means of giving back to AFP’s scholarship fund.

The seven-day auction will go live on Tuesday morning, April 15. To bid, go to www.eBay.com and search by key words “Jane Goodall sock monkey.” Or go to www.fma-foundation.org and click on Online Auction.

About FMA Foundation

The FMA Foundation is a charitable organization that offers grants to not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions introducing young people to metal forming careers in manufacturing, provides funding to organizations starting or expanding manufacturing camps for youth, and issues scholarships to students at colleges and trade schools pursuing careers in manufacturing. More information on the foundation is available by visiting www.fma-foundation.org.


Britney's Excuses - A Collaborative List

Wed, 01/30/2008 - 11:49AM by Ginger 0 Comments -

Britney Fan Logic is a mysterious force. Everybody has their own perspective on how and why Britney got to where she is today. Finally, for the first time ever in once place, a collection of some of the most oft repeated excuses, culled from the internet.

1. Britney never really had a real childhood
2. Britney grew up in the spotlight, she never had a chance to be "normal"
3. Britney is a superstar, you can't expect her to be normal
4. Britney was used, of course she can't be normal
5. Britney doesn't know how to be an adult
6. Britney is followed everywhere, that's why she's not normal
7. It's all Kevin's fault
8. It's all her parent's fault.
9. She doesn't have anyone around her she can trust.
10. All the men in her life keep selling her out.
11. Britney is Bipolar
12. Britney is Postpartum...10 years after menopause
13. Britney has an unfounded, newly discovered mental illness that has no available treatment
14. Britney has metal fillings in her teeth
15. It's all Justin's fault
16. It's Sam's fault
17. It's Adnan's fault
18. Her performance at the MTV awards wasn't good because her boot was broken.
19. She has post traumatic stress disorder.

Feel free to add anything we've missed.


Rock and Roll with the Question Monk!

Fri, 01/25/2008 - 12:29PM by Ginger 0 Comments -

He's a sock machine!

More talented than many of today's poptarts.


Spring Wardrobe

Sat, 01/19/2008 - 7:47AM by Ginger 0 Comments -

A few things I'd pick to spruce up my wardrobe for Spring.


Jeremy Sisto

Fri, 01/18/2008 - 1:10PM by Ginger 0 Comments -

How is it that Popsugar and all gossip blogs manage to overlook Jeremy Sisto, even though he's been in many hit films and tv shows? Who isn't tired of a dozen posts a week on no-talent has-beens who have never turned out nearly the quality or quantity that Jeremy has.

At least now we've got him weekly on Law & Order.


Jeremy Sisto

Fri, 01/18/2008 - 1:06PM by Ginger 0 Comments -


RIP Dan Fogelberg

Sun, 12/16/2007 - 10:27PM by Ginger 0 Comments -

Dan Fogelberg in his Mountain Bird StudioDan Fogelberg in his Mountain Bird StudioThis morning singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg lost his three year fight with prostrate cancer. From his website:

Sunday, December 16

Dear friends,

Dan left us this morning at 6:00am . He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side. His strength, dignity, and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.

Dan was part of the 70s/80s soft rock singer/songwriter genre, like Warron Zevon (RIP), The Eagles and Jackson Browne. Back in the day when recording an album meant more time was spent with the musician recording in the studio than today, where so much is post production. He was a good storyteller. Young Dan Fogelberg, mid 1970'sYoung Dan Fogelberg, mid 1970's


What or Who is Your Favorite Britney Hook-Up This Year?

Thu, 12/06/2007 - 6:46PM by Ginger 0 Comments -

Britney's BirthdayBritney's Birthday

It's certainly been a busy year for Britney! Roaming the streets of LA in search of love and caffeine. What's your favorite Britney hook-up? Let me know below if I left anything out.


Clooney Narrates Darfur Documentary for HBO

Thu, 12/06/2007 - 5:56PM by Ginger 0 Comments -


Sand and Sorrow, the documentary on the Darfur genocide, which George Clooney narrates, has begun it's run on HBO this week.


Dancing Monkeys!

Tue, 11/27/2007 - 2:03PM by Ginger 0 Comments -

These guys are better than many of the pop stars out there. Timberlake step aside!