I know Huey has already posted so most of you will no doubt know now of 'Erosenplatt's' passing, to anyone who did not no i'm sorry.
I first got to know 'E' when she sent me a message on youtube suggesting where I could go to get my records converted to CD, her reckoning was if I could get them transferred I might be nice enough to put them on youtube, in nearly 3 years I've acquired a record player, Ginger's recordings have turned up in various places, I still haven't found anywhere to get my precious records transferred although some have been "recorded" for youtube but I made a friend who's friendship I will cherish forever
Perhaps the worst thing I've had to do was tell Anneliese about E's passing as Anneliese thought so much of her, when I told A we were going to the US her first question was 'Will we get to see "E"'? that before American Girl or anything else. When I told her the sad news her first question was 'Does that mean we'll never get to see her again?' her second (which I guess is typical of a child) was 'Does that mean there'll be no more exciting parcels' For a 6 year old I guess forever is a long time to comprehend, but her question made me think of everything I'll miss most about E, the emails and conversations on everything from Fred and Ginger to the complicated Ashes Score (cricket), the weather and life in general. The amazing way she'd find old magazine articles on Ginger, Fred, Lela, Adele not to mention music, radio recordings and other hidden gems. As well her kindness and her generosity and the treasured time spent in her company, including most recently the Labor Day Weekend only just gone, months ago when I was deciding what to do about a trip to the US (as a fine example of her wonderfulness E had been looking after my Fred and Ginger dolls until I could get over to the US to pick them up) E suggested I might bring A over again as she'd like that, i'm so glad now I was able to take her as 2 years is a long time for any child's memory
Ian too said all too rarely did you meet strangers who were so kind from the offset, its a rare quality that Ginger's fans particularly possess :-)
I was looking through emails that E sent to me when we first started corresponding and found some photos, some of them no doubt you'll have seen but others perhaps not, sorry that I did not share them before, now I know why I should have started blogging sooner (the photos were kindly sent over 9 months before Huey persuaded me I should also blog!)