Category Archives: Essentials

Blonger Day, Belated

Now that Scott has had his say, I’d like to add my two bits. In past years (though I missed last year) I’ve taken this opportunity to review the finds of the preceding twelve months, and talk a bit about the future. Back to it. Good Old Mountain Dew In 2011 I got my first taste of McCulloch’s Mountain Dew… (more…)

Pronouncing the Name

When we first saw the names Belonger and Blonger, we assumed, as you may have, that they were pronounced like the word “longer“. It’s hard to tell because the name is very nearly unique, but the evidence suggests three options: We use what we believe to be the Americanized pronunciation, which rhymes with conjure. If you’re feeling French, give it… (more…)

The Blonger Bros. Investigation Continues

A few words of introduction to new readers: The previous incarnation of this blog began in 2003, shortly after we first discovered our connection to history: great-great-great-uncle Louis Belonger, from rural Wisconsin, had grown up to be the notorious Denver gangster and confidence man known as Lou Blonger. Blonger’s arrest and conviction has been extensively documented, primarily in Philip Van Cise’s… (more…)