September 28, 2010
NEW — 2 p.m. Sept. 28, 2010
The redhead record is official.
Sammamish photographer Anne Lindsay has received a letter from Guinness World Records confirming that she organized the “largest gathering of people with natural red hair.”
Redheads set the record July 17 at Skyline High School. Although 901 redheads were photographed at the stadium, Guinness officials only counted 890. The other 11 had problems with their paperwork, Lindsay said.
The photographer is selling photographs, certificates and T-shirts commemorating the event here.
Lindsay plans to hold the second annual Redheads and More Redheads Day on July 16, 2011. She isn’t aiming to set another redheaded world record, unless another group breaks her original record. Instead, she hopes to break another record — like the record for the most people applying sunscreen at one time, or the record for the most redheaded dolls in one place.
July 27, 2010
A hair-raising tale that will have you seeing red
The instant I popped out of my mother and into the delivery room, the nurse told my parents they had a redheaded daughter.
“Really?” my father asked, looking at my dark-haired mother and fingering his own dark waves. He said it was hard to tell because I was almost bald, but the nurse insisted it was red.
Now, thankfully, I have more hair, and yes, it has a red hue. So, it was exciting when I received one of my more curious news assignments this month: covering the Redheads and More Redheads Guinness World Record event at Skyline High School in Sammamish.
There were 901 thrilled redheads at Skyline, and though the most excited one of all, local photographer Anne Lindsay, wasn’t a natural ginger, she made up for it with her enthusiasm.
Lindsay called me the week before the occasion, proclaiming, “I’ll only talk to you if you have red hair,” before saying hello. I liked her immediately.
July 27, 2010
World record holders often display some type of quirky talent, and the redheads gathering in Sammamish were no exception.
After all, it is an innate talent to carry two copies of a recessive gene on chromosome 16. These genes cause a change in the MC1R protein, which regulates skin and hair color.
“I love being a redhead,” Jennifer Phillips, of Mukilteo, said. “It’s fun to see everyone together at one time.”
Phillips and 900 other natural redheads convened at Skyline High School’s football field July 17 to set a Guinness World Record of the most redheads photographed in one location. So many redheads participated that they smashed the current record of 250 by more than threefold.
Sammamish photographer Anne Lindsay spearheaded the event. Her daughter, husband and dog have red hair, and she joined the bandwagon with a handy bottle of hair dye.
July 27, 2010
June 1, 2010
Do you have naturally red hair? Would you like to be a part of a Guinness World Record?
If so, opportunity is knocking on your door. Anne Lindsay, a Sammamish photographer — and proud redhead — is arranging what she hopes will be the largest gathering of natural redheads on record.
Redheads and More Redheads Day will take place at the Skyline High School Stadium at 2 p.m. July 17. A group photo will be taken at 3 p.m. Because the event does not have a sponsor, the fee will be $5 per participant; children under 5 are free. Lindsay will be donating 50 cents from each $5 to The Skin Cancer Foundation, as redheads have a higher risk of being diagnosed with the disease. Those planning on participating will first need to register with Lindsay at www.redheadsandmoreredheads.com. Participants will receive a signed digital photo following the event.
To become a participant in the event, all natural redheads must register with Lindsay and Redheads and More Redheads Day event organizers. Guinness requires that each participant provide a photograph of himself or herself to prove he or she is a natural redhead. Older redheads must present a photo of themselves as a child or young adult and a current photo.
Natural redheads may e-mail Lindsay a high-quality, 5-by-7-inch 300 dpi image on a plain background along with a high-quality scan of photos when younger. No prints or photocopies will be accepted. Low-quality images will not be accepted.
Although the event will take place on the Eastside, redheads from across the country — and globe for that matter — are encouraged to participate.
“My feeling is that being a redhead is international, so this is an international event,” said Lindsay, who has a husband, daughter and dog with red hair.
It is no surprise that Lindsay has a European counterpart — and friend — who also brings redheads together. Bart Rouwenhorst, of the Netherlands, puts together redhead gatherings.
“I have heard reports of redhead days here, the UK, Germany, Canada and the U.S.,” Rouwenhorst wrote in an e-mail. “It is great to see people all over the world organizing these.”
One could see Rouwenhorst perceiving this world-record attempt as a challenge, which Lindsay said she is fine with.
“We want to start a friendly competition between the United States and Europe,” she said jokingly. Read more