Jeneric Jeneralities ~ by JenIG
January 25th, 2008
So it *IS* Jenetic…

Ok, so for years and years and years I have wondered where my obsessive love for disco, groove and anything *funky* came from. I’ve always known that it was intrinsically fused within my DNA.  From an early age I longed to be a solid gold dancer (yes, seriously).  I had all of Michael Jackson’s songs memorized (back when he was black).  If anything mo-town came on – and this is still true to this very day – I simply cannot stop myself from bustin’ a move.  I tell you the truth, I really cannot help it.  God made me this way (to the dismay, embarrassment and vexation of my non-groovatious family — well, that’s not entirely true.  I can always count on Bo and Emmiko to flail around with me). 

So, like I said, the funk was there, yet I knew not from whence it came.  However, my dad recently cleared up the mystery.  And you won’t believe me, but the following is totally and completely fully and absolutely entirely true: 

His mother, my grandmother, came from the Family Funk.  Yes.  The Family Funk.

I kid you not, my dad’s mother’s last name was *Funk*.  And after he told me that, I sort of remembered hearing something like that a long time ago, but I guess I always thought it was a joke, or that the Family Funk was real, but not my direct predecessors.  Is that not truly the coolest thing ever?   

And here, to prove it, is a picture of Mother Funk – at this point she had become Mrs. Wright, but naturally she was still fully Funk-y   And check out my dad, he’s the movie star looking fella next to his mama on the far left.  When I was a little girl, all my friends would want to come over and stare at him.  That’s a true story.

I also found out that his dad, my grandfather, was a red-head.  I never knew that.  My daughter, Ryann, has red hair and I could never figure that one out.  Even Geoff’s Japanese dad — when he came over after she was born — sorta lifted an eyebrow and said, “Uh… Japanese babies don’t have red hair” But Aha!  By golly, they do if their great-grandfather was a 6 foot leprechaun.  And mine most certainly was!  Check him out:

Aren’t they lovely? My dad has been sending me pictures and history all evening.  This is so fun(ky).  And  I can’t believe I never knew any of this stuff before!  I think there is something about hitting your mid 30’s that all of a sudden makes you want to know who you’re made up of.

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  1. Christy said,

    on January 25th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

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    Isn't it so fun to see and hear your history?

    One out of our four has reddish-tinted brown hair while I have dark brown and hubby has black. We figure it comes from his side since he has a couple of aunts with red hair. Everyone asks us about him. I just tell them he's the milkman's son! LOL!

  2. onfire said,

    on January 25th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I had

    a michael jackson picture disk. my brother bought it for me. it was the thriller album. I tossed it a few years ago. I think I decided it was time.

    I used to watch american bandstand every saturday with my brother then we would get on the bus to the mall and buy the 45 we fell in love with that morning.

    mnnnm, mnnnm … good times.

  3. Anonymous said,

    on January 26th, 2008 at 7:10 am

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    Those are precious photos! (…and I totally can see a resemblance between you and your dad's mom!) 😉

    That's too funny about the "Funk" name. There is a family by that name at our church, and my DS is good friends with one of the little boys. He calls him his 'funky friend.'

    And I agree, it IS nice to know 'where you come from.'


  4. mamasmurf said,

    on January 26th, 2008 at 9:12 am

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    I love looking back into my family history! We have found out some really interesting things about both sides of our family – but I've sort of hit a brickwall with my Dad's Dad (just try looking for a David Jones from somewhere in Wales in any records – there must be tens of thousands of them!!).


  5. tnmomtomanyblessings said,

    on January 26th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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    That should explain it………..

    Why you are so funky . : )

    We're still sick but getting better. Hope to see you soon.



  6. Nikki said,

    on January 26th, 2008 at 2:32 pm


    I really think you look like your grandmother. And I'd really love to see you bust a move. Maybe you should video it sometime and post it here so we could all enjoy it. LOL.


  7. Mostly Sunny said,

    on January 26th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

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    I love those old photos! They do help one feel to connected to prior generations. And your dad sharing things with you reminded me that just the other day, my dad, 75, told me that Mom made him 2 sandwiches for his lunch every day of his working life. Every-single-day. And one was always ham and cheese. The other could be anything, but he had to have one ham and cheese sandwich every day. It's a little thing, but it says volumes about what a regular guy he was.

  8. ClagettsFLStyle said,

    on January 26th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    How fun!

    I love digging into old photo's and remembering.

    Hearing new memories and history is even more fun.. and FUNKY…

  9. bestsister said,

    on January 26th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    So I don't know if this will work

    but if this video is still a live link you have to check this out. Talk about FUNKAE!!!

    This lady is a funny blogger (like you) and this cracked me up. Except that now I have this filter on my computer and it won't let me see videos, so I don't know if this post actually still has the video attached. How's that for totally unhelpful. But let me tell you, if the video is there, you will snort. It might not be dignified, but you will snort. 🙂

  10. Jen Funk Wright Igarashi said,

    on January 26th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

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    BestSister… you forget that i have dial up. i am no longer able to see videos because it takes 357 hours to download stuff like that.

    sadness prevaileth. but yes, amy from humble musings is a neat lady. i was able to meet her and her cute little babyetta in FL a couple years back

  11. debbiecorley said,

    on January 26th, 2008 at 7:42 pm

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    I totally agree that something happens when you get *older*; you suddenly become very interested in knowing about your lineage. I have been on that journey for a few years now. I went to my first family reunion last July and had a blast… talkin' to all my kin!

    I also have a love for funk, mo-town and disco! We should get togehter some time and do the hustle!

  12. skdenfeld said,

    on January 26th, 2008 at 8:04 pm

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    Don't tell me, you used to moon walk on the coffee table too?

  13. drewsfamilytx said,

    on January 27th, 2008 at 12:43 am

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    Very cool pictures, Jen!

    *snort* about the 6ft leprechaun. *snort snort* We're still trying to explain our very white, blonde haired, blue-eyed littlest man… But then he gets upset about something and realize he has *my* temper! Oi.

    My dad was in the Air Force for over 20 yrs. He had this one old pic of a buddy of his when they were in their 20s. Man oh man, we stared at that pic and thought his friend was mighty easy on the eyes. But then we'd look at my dad in real life and realize that his friend was equally ancient… probably in his 40s by then!


    Good times, good times…

  14. drewsfamilytx said,

    on January 27th, 2008 at 12:44 am

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    Have I told you that I am also part-Irish? And related to Davy Crockett.

    No lie.

  15. Kelley said,

    on January 27th, 2008 at 12:52 pm

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    We got to do this after my grandmother passed. My mother was adopted by her uncle and his wife and I consider them my grandparents! We learned so much about our family going through boxes of pictures. You are so lucky that your dad is with you to share all of that.

  16. Anonymous said,

    on January 27th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

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    This post was too FUNKY!

  17. UndertheSky said,

    on January 27th, 2008 at 6:24 pm


    Awwwwwwww, freak out! :+)

    That is so groovy. I cannot even comprehend it. I have seen her dance, folks, and she can certainly bust a move.

    A little Earth, Wind, and Fire for you:

    Let's groove tonight

    share the spice of life

    baby slice it right

    we're gonna groove tonight

    And now it is nice to know from whence it came!

    AND what is more, I can say this with truth behind me,

    "It was not for nothing she could bust the funk!"



  18. Anonymous said,

    on January 28th, 2008 at 10:30 am

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    What a cool heritage. Mixed up races, cool interesting colors of eyes and hair. TOTALLY cool.

    (oh, and funky)

    and my son Nathan is on book 3 already of Chuck Blacks books. I bought the whole series off of Ebay and I'm going to do a contest for them when it's over. (I'm not hoity toity and don't have personalized AUTOGRAPHED copies…but someone will like them)


  19. kellieann said,

    on January 28th, 2008 at 12:55 pm

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    Just wanted you to know that I, too, wanted to be a solid gold dancer, but I have no one named Funk in my family so it never would have worked out.

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    on January 28th, 2008 at 9:39 pm

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