Ian Anderson has red hair. It’s an undeniable fact. While pop culture loves to poke fun at people like Ian, we see it as one of many reasons to love him. In fact, Ian’s nickname around the office is Sweet Ginge – “Ginge” for short. As far as we know, he’s come to embrace it. Which is great, because even if he didn’t like, not a lot of people actually know his real name. So “Ginge” is here to stay, but where did he come from?
“I was born and raised in Parker, Colo., just outside of Denver. You can see me representing my Colorado roots in the clothes I wear or randomly throwing up the 303 sign. I am an only child with two pretty awesome parents, Larry and Kathy. Let me know if you want to meet them.
“I attended Ponderosa High School, where I was kind of a nerd. Go Mustangs. I am a huge Broncos, Nuggets, Rockies and Avalanche fan. I’ve also been a Husker fan since I was young, because my dad’s side of the family is from central Nebraska. Growing up in Colorado wearing red was no easy task.
“It seemed fitting that after high School I would head to Lincoln, Neb. and attend the University of Nebraska. I loved every moment of college. I had the chance to join a fraternity, meet some of my best friends, and work with the football team. I graduated with a degree in marketing and had the opportunity to work at Hudl, where I am currently an account manager.”
What are your true feelings about being called “Ginge”? How is life as a ginger?
I really don’t mind being called Ginge. It’s a term of endearment. Or is it? Either way, it’s a name that has evolved over time from being “Brother Ginger” in my fraternity to now being Ginge everywhere. Life as a ginger is very hard. Everyone loves the summer and wants to be outside, while I am always like “Hey guys, let’s hang out in the shade until the sun goes down.”
Who would play you in a movie about your life? Who would be your love interest?
I think that Rupert Grint would probably play me because he is a fellow ginge. My love interest would obviously be Emma Stone. She isn’t a true ginge, but let’s be real, she looks best with red hair.
If Hudl did superlatives, what would yours be?
There is no question I would be Mostly Likely to Sunburn First at Any Outdoor Event. Why is everyone so obsessed with being in the sun? While we’re at it, Daniel Mickells would be Most Likely to Choose an Outdoor Event Just to Watch Me Suffer.
What’s your craziest story from your time at Hudl?
I had been at Hudl for about two months and was still getting to know everyone, testing the waters because it was my first job. I got an email one night saying that we were going to have a competition for “Mayor of Boot City”. The idea was to dress up as ridiculously as possible and the winner would be proclaimed Mayor of Boot City. The only stipulation was that you had to wear boots. So I showed up in my black boots, shorts, a t-shirt, a disgusting brown sports coat, a wig and my cowboy hat. I was a little late that morning, walking into our office-wide weekly update meeting. Everyone just turned and looked at me, and that’s when I realized I was the only one campaigning for Mayor of Boot City. Needless to say, I was quite embarrassed but totally owned the title.
What’s the nerdiest thing you do in your spare time?
I have many nerdy tendencies, but if I were to choose one, it would be my love for the Transformers. Any time I get to talk about the Transformers, I make the transforming noise with my mouth. De doh do dee.
What’s the coolest sports venue you’ve ever visited?
I want to travel to all of the baseball stadiums in the US, and had the chance to visit Wrigley Field with my best friends this summer. We sat in the bleachers in center field and it was a blast. Although I’m not a Cubs fan (go Rockies), there is just too much history to not see a game at that stadium.