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Today is a special day. At whom do we think of if you hear the name Gertie? Well here are some examples of what Gertie is NOT :

1 . Gertie is Not :

gertie stuff

Gertie is not a pet. The website www . gertie . cc is a website of Gertie (short for Gertrude) the Pug. Gertie is a pug dog from Alexandria, Virginia. She offers you a glimpse into her life with the 24-hour Live Pug Cam, as well as photo galleries of her and her friends. Be sure to check out Gertie’s Live Pug Cam, as well as Photo Gallery, Gertie’s Pals and the Links page. The Pug Forum is up! You can also join the discussion in Gertie’s new Pug Forum. Discuss Pugs, ask Gertie or other users questions, say hi to Gertie’s Pals. Please post! Gertie gets lonely.

2 . Gertie is Not :

Galopping Gertie

Gertie is not a wiggeling bridge as discribed on the website www . ketchum . org . The original, 5,939-foot-long Tacoma Narrows Bridge, popularly known as “Galloping Gertie” opened to traffic on July 1, 1940 after two years of construction, linking Tacoma and Gig Harbor. It collapsed just four months later during a 42-mile-per-hour wind storm on Nov. 7, 1940. The bridge earned the nickname “Galloping Gertie” from its rolling, undulating behavior. Motorists crossing the 2,800-foot center span sometimes felt as though they were traveling on a giant roller coaster, watching the cars ahead disappear completely for a few moments as if they had been dropped into the trough of a large wave. The original bridge was a suspended plate girder type that caught the wind, rather than allowing it to pass through. As the wind’s intensity increased, so did Gertie’s rolling, cork-screwing motion — until it finally tore the bridge apart. For the next 10 years, Tacoma and Gig Harbor/the Olympic Peninsula were once again unconnected by bridge. Then after 29 months of construction, a new, much safer Tacoma Narrows Bridge opened on Oct. 14, 1950. The new bridge spans 5,979 feet — 40 feet longer than “Galloping Gertie” — and is part of Hwy. 16. The sunken remains of “Galloping Gertie” were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 to protect her from salvagers. An eye-witness account of “Galloping Gertie’s” demise was graphically provided by Leonard Coatsworth, a Tacoma newspaper editor: “Just as I drove past the towers, the bridge began to sway violently from side to side. Before I realized it, the tilt became so violent that I lost control of the car… I jammed on the brakes and got out, only to be thrown onto my face against the curb. “Around me I could hear concrete cracking. I started to get my dog Tubby, but was thrown again before I could reach the car. The car itself began to slide from side to side of the roadway. “On hands and knees most of the time, I crawled 500 yards or more to the towers… My breath was coming in gasps; my knees were raw and bleeding, my hands bruised and swollen from gripping the concrete curb… Toward the last, I risked rising to my feet and running a few yards at a time… Safely back at the toll plaza, I saw the bridge in its final collapse and saw my car plunge into the Narrows.”

3 . Gertie is Not :

Gertie the Dino

Gertie is not a Dinosaur as suggested on the website http : // www . vegalleries .com / gertie.html
Winsor McCay had made two animated films before “Gertie”. The first, “Little Nemo”(using characters from his popular newspaper strip), debuted in 1911. “Little Nemo” used four thousand animation drawings. McCay then hand-colored the 35mm frames to achieve a very striking effect. The film was used in his vaudeville act. There is no storyline to “Little Nemo”, it is more an experiment in movement. The animation is quite precise and the effect very dreamlike. “Little Nemo” was well received, and McCay began work on his second film, “The Story Of A Mosquito”. The film took one year to complete. “The Story of a Mosquito” tells a comic story of a mosquito’s encounter with a drunken man. The film also made a big hit, but theatre patrons suspected that McCay was performing some sort of trick with wires. Motion pictures were quite new, and movie audiences were quite naive and still getting accustomed to the idea. The idea of a drawing coming to life was almost unheard of. McCay decided to animate a Dinosaur to prove that his drawings were moving. The notion of bringing a dinosaur “to life” was astonishing. Thus, in 1913 McCay began to animate “Gertie The Dinosaur”. McCay enlisted the help of a young neighbor, John A. Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons traced the backgrounds onto rice paper, and McCay did all the drawings of Gertie. Ten thousand drawings were inked on rice paper and then mounted on cardboard for registration. By mounting them on cardboard, McCay was able to flip the drawings through a primitive machine to check his work. Without guidence, or anything but his own experience to rely on, McCay produced an astonishing piece of animation that holds up even to today’s standards. McCay painstakingly animated details such as particles of dirt falling, and water dripping. He gave Gertie personality and emotions. We see her eating, drinking, playing, and even crying. In Febuary of 1914, “Gertie the Dinosaur” debuted in Chicago as part of McCay’s vaudeville act.
A tremendous video tape, “Animation Legend–Winsor McCay” is available through Van Eaton Galleries. This video contains every surviving film ever made by McCay, transferred from the Cinematheque Quebecoise’s beautiful archival 35mm prints. This tape is a must for any animation enthusiast or collector. Cost is $39.95 plus shipping. Call or E-mail us to order.

4 . Gertie is Not :

Study Systemizer

Although she is working on a big high-school Gertie is CERTAINLY not an advanced study system as promoted on the Study Systemizer Site :Learn study skills at home and at school with The Gertie Max Study Systemizer® — study skills curriculum of strategies and materials proven successful from elementary school to middle school and high school to college. Students in both traditional schools and home schools are already using these “keep-forever” resources to improve:

    – Study Skills
    – Organization
    – Time Management
    – Memorization
    – Writing
    – Note taking
    – Test taking
    – Outlining
    – Prefixes, Suffixes, and Root Words

Your GOAL: Better Grades and Success in School!

5 . Gertie is not :

The Gertie Project

She is not a scientific project as researchers claimes on their website of the Gertie Project : David L. Nathan (an artist and physician) conceived of the Gertie Project after seeing McCay’s work and desperately wanting to peel back the layers of age that have accumulated in the ninety years since Gertie was produced. La Cinémathèque québécoise has generously offered to allow the use of their precious 35mm nitrate prints in the Gertie Project, making them the major collaborator in this restoration. The project enjoys the enthusiastic support of Patrick Loughney, Ph.D., head of the Moving Image Section at the U.S. Library of Congress. The Library of Congress and the National Film Preservation Board placed Gertie on the National Film Registry in 1991, making it one of the first seventy-five American films so honored and earmarking it as a motion picture to be preserved as a national treasure.

6 . Gertie is not :

Travel with Gertie

Gertie is not a motorhome wich is discribed on the homesite of the family Villere, and I quote : Oh, I’d done some tent camping when I was in my twenties, and still had a closet full of camping gear…but I had lived a fairly stay-at-home life for the past ten years or so. Pretty soon, though, I was giving it serious thought, as Judie told me about their RVing lifestyle and fed me tantalizing snippets of conversations with other RVers. I’m not going to try to explain how over a period of a year or so, I became vitally interested in all things having to do with RVing. I have trouble explaining it to myself, because much of the time it seemed as if some mysterious inner force was pulling me inexorably in that direction. All I know is that by the time Judie generously invited me to visit her and Gary in Arizona, with their motorhome Gertie serving as guest bedroom, I was hooked. And by the time I flew out there a few months later, I had decided to buy Gertie when Judie and Gary upgraded to a larger rig, and begin my own RVing adventures. You’ll find the record of that first visit in my Arizona Journal. A year later I flew back to Arizona, bought Gertie and brought her home to New Jersey in a three-week cross-country trip that was my first RVing journey. You can read all about it in “Bringing Gertie home.” My next big trip, up the New England coast to Cape Cod and then on to Maine, is chronicled in “North To Maine.” And my experiences at the Escapees RV Club’s Fall 2002 Escapade are chronicled in “My Fall Escapade.”

7 . Gertie is not :

Magic Gertie Ball

Gertie is not a magic ball as sellers would like to promote on ther site named ” Growing Tree Toys”. What is a “Magic Gertie Ball : A Magic Gertie Ball takes a classic toy and turns it into something magical! The favorite Gertie Ball that has sold millions now has a special magical touch – that happens with your touch! Magic Gertie Ball is the same squishy ball that makes catch easy, but this 9″ ball changes from purple to blue with a change in temperature! Since this ball changes with hot or cold, kids can leave their warm handprint or faceprint, use an ice cube or a chilled cookie cutter to make a great design, or just dip the ball in warm or cold water for a magical color change. Magic Gertie Ball will add magic to play, testing kids’ imagination with this favorite toy! Ball contains no latex and inflates with a straw.

8 . Gertie is not :

Gertie is not object of a cartoon wich can be found on the internet as shown below in the gallery. Not much effort has been made to find these cartoons. You might think they are composed but then you make a mistake, have a look for your self and click on each image for a larger version :

Happy Birthday gertie !
Happy Birthday gertie !
Happy Birthday gertie !
Happy Birthday gertie !
Happy Birthday gertie !
Happy Birthday gertie !
Happy Birthday gertie !
Happy Birthday gertie !
Happy Birthday gertie !
Happy Birthday gertie !
Happy Birthday gertie !
Happy Birthday gertie !

9 . Gertie is not :


A little pig meant as a toy made for children as sold on the site : http://www.spasmodica.com/shop_shelf_gertie.htm
Ms. Gertie has the most pleasant disposition. She also has the best manners and never forgets to say “please” – even when yelling at the rude boys to (please) stop throwing rocks at her on the playground (!). Measures approximately 9.5″ x 7″. Each doll is handmade and no two are exactly alike!


10 . Gertie is NOT :

Gertie Adoption Bear

Gertie is not an adoption bear as sold on the site of : http://www.hub-uk.com/nutmeg/bears/gertie.htm. With some smooth text they try to sell a lonesome bear : I am looking for a loving and caring home. Can you give me one?. Some Qualities :100% pure white washable fibre; Soft even texture; Non-toxic; Non-Allergenic; Fabric: Mohair ; Foot and paw pads: Suede ; Eyes: Glass (not suitable for children) additional Materials: Shot.


11 . Gertie is NOT :

Tea pot Gertie

Although she likes to drink tea, she is not a teapot which can be bought on http: // www .funtocollect . com/gertiesteapot.html From the Sealed With A Kiss Jones Family collection by Lynda Corneille. Ceramic teapot featuring Gertie. Made of ceramic with a glossy finish. Measures 10.75″ x 9.75″ x 5″. What do you get when you combine a rather aloof and portly feline, a quirky bird, and a middle-aged woman wishing for younger days? Well you might just be laying eyes on Lynda Corneille’s Sealed With A Kiss aka SWAK porcelain collection. This quirky collection is centered on The Jones Family who are a happy, loving and creative group of inspired individuals made up of happily rotund cats, good natured hounds, a bird named Blanche, and the matriarch, Tastefully Tacky Aunt Gertie.

12 . Gertie is NOT :

Book Gertie Gekko

Abeautifully illustrated story for children about a gecko – a nocturnal lizard with adhesive pads on its feet, usually found in warm regions – in Botswana. Gertie Gecko is accident-prone. Her latest problem is that her pads have no grip. This turns her into a prospective tasty dinner for Wilbur and Sally, the resident dogs. Nobody seems willing or able to help. Will Gertie escape?


13 . Gertie is NOT :

Blind Dog Gertie

Gertie is not a totally blind dog rescued on Sunday March 14. 2004 from a man who was getting ready to shoot her! The new owners made a awesome poet about her :


Poem about a Blind Dog
by Sherrill Wardrip

I cannot see you Mommy, when you cuddle me so near.
And yet I know you love me, it’s in the words I hear.
I cannot see you Daddy, when you hold me by your side
But still I know you love me when you tell me so with pride.

I cannot see to run and play out in the sun so bright
For here inside my tiny head it’s always dark as night.
I cannot see the treats you give when I am extra good
But I can wag my tail in Thanks just like a good dog should.

“She cannot see. The dogs no good” is what some folks might say
“She can’t be trained, she’ll never learn She must be put away.”
But not you, Mom and Daddy You know that it’s all right
Because I love you just as much as any dog with sight.

You took me in, you gave me love and we will never part
Because I’m blind with just my eyes, I see you in my heart.

14 . Gertie is NOT :

Mama Gertie

Gertie is not a camping boss, even though she allowed us to sleep before her cough on the floor. On the site from MAMA GERTIE there you can make a reservation for ther nice camping site as the slogan suggest : We pride ourselves in providing you with a small piece of paradise to call your own. Keeping with the splendor of our beautiful state, we have preserved a natural setting for our guests in combination with modern amenities and conveniences.

Unique tranquility… cool summer nights… a perfect recipe for relaxation and rejuvenating the mind.

Come camp with us in the mountains of beautiful Western North Carolina!


What is a Friend
A friend is a person
to laugh and cry with,
An inspiration,
Someone who lends a helping hand,
though friends may not be forever,
And they may not end up together,
the memories of a true friendship will
last forever.
A friend is not a shadow nor a servant
But someone who hold
a piece of a person in his heart.
Someone who shares a smile,
Someone who brightens up your day
What makes a person a friend?
Is by saying your Frienship will stay.
You took us in, you gave us love and we will never part
Because we see with our eyes, we see you in our hearts.

Happy gertie


Hanny 20-06-2005, 09:14

Feliz comple ano para ti!!:clap_tb::dunce_tb::thumbup_tb: Hopelijk zetten ze Gertie vandaag op haar (airco?) werkplek lekker in de bloemetjes!!

esje 20-06-2005, 12:46

nounou, gertie, papa heeft er wel dik werk van gemaakt!
maar gelijk heeft ie!
je bent niet al die rare dingen, maar gewoon een jarige jet!
kuskus esje

Gertie 20-06-2005, 19:40

Wat een schitterend stuk; lief van je, Marcel. Ik ben helemaal ontroerd en onder de indruk! :embarrassed_ee:
Ik heb nu niet tijd genoeg om echt alles goed uit te pluizen over mijn ‘naam-genoten’, maar dat zal ik later in de week zeker nog een keer doen.

Volgens mij ben je uren …. nee dagen ‘van de straat’ geweest … en heb je alle vrije tijd zitten neuzen op internet om maar iets te vinden dat raakvlakken met mij(n naam) had. Ik hoop trouwens dat je daar veel plezier bij hebt gehad.

Ik wist trouwens niet dat er zoveel NEP-GERTIES bestonden … want ja …. er is er natuurlijk maar 1 de echte … al zeg ik het zelf! :clap_tb:

Ik had natuurlijk wel IETS verwacht voor mijn verjaardag op jouw weblog …. zoals inderdaad DE bewuste foto van Copacabana, dat kon bijna niet missen …. maar een bijdrage als deze, nee, daar had ik zelfs niet van gedroomd.

Maar ik heb er nu – bij de eerste korte glimp – al reuze mee moeten lachen ….. :lol_tb:

Nogmaals …. heel erg bedankt …. :kiss_tb:

Esje 22-06-2005, 20:45

papa is de beste 😀

Gertie 27-06-2005, 21:26

:bye_tb: Helemaal gelijk, Esje!

Maar toch even een waarschuwing ….. (eigenlijk meer bedoeld voor de webmaster, maar misschien spreek je hem binnenkort nog, dan kun je hem de boodschap doorgeven)
….. Je hebt zelf afgelopen zaterdag aan den lijve ondervonden dat Breda niet zomaar vanalles over zich laat schrijven.

Ik bedoel maar …. als er op het weblog gepubliceerd wordt dat inwoners van Breda niet het vliegtuig in mogen of dat via borden boven de snelwegen mensen gewaarschuwd worden om toch maar niet Breda te bezoeken ….. tja, dan kun je eigenlijk ook verwachten dat de treinen in Breda ‘een beetje van slag zijn’ als er bezoekers uit Duiven (zelfs superlieve bezoekers) de trein nemen vanuit Breda ….. ; gelukkig duurt zo’n vertraging dan maar kort …. alleen bedoeld als signaal, als kleine waarschuwing :guns_tb:

Want we zijn nu eenmaal een vergevingsgezind volkje, hier in het zonnige zuiden! :innocent_tb:


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