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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
High School Yearbook Photo

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Summer Means Fun (Part 4) -------- RON HOWARD POPS THE CLUTCH & TELLS THE WORLD "EAT MY DUST!"

IT'S RON HOWARD LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN HIM BEFORE!





WARNING:
THIS IS NOT
YOUR GRAND-
DADDY'S
OPIE TAYLOR!





RON HOWARD'S BACK...HE'S BAD...






...AND MERCY
SAKES ALIVE...
HE'S PUTTIN'
THE HAMMER
DOWN!











Don't worry...I'm not going to attempt a review of these Opie opuses. I just wanted to acknowledge Roger Corman, master of the quick 'n dirty, as one of my favorite moviemakers.






* LOW BUDGET?

* NO BUDGET?

* NO TIME?

* NO PROBLEM!








In this post and the next, I'll continue my month long Summer Means Fun series with songs and memories about hoppin' in your car and headin' out.

June is the time of year in Central PA when the window of opportunity for warm weather fun at long last opens.

After several false starts during April and May, spring finally got its act together.

The interminable waiting is over. A change in attitude no longer requires a change in latitude. Vacation's finally here and an endless summer lies ahead.

Time to get over to OCNJ, OCMD, Rehoboth, Cape May, Wildwood, or LBI.

Time to cool off at Zimmy's, Wise Haven, Playland, or one of the other pools. Time to cruise the loop to show off your wheels.

I brought along some of my favorite hod rod tunes to help get you in the mood.

"Bread and Butter" might have been the Newbeats bread and butter, but I liked their badder songs better. (Say that 5 times fast!) The killer bee side of that hit single is a good example. Extolling the virtues of the Chevrolet Corvair, here's "Tough Little Buggy" by the Newbeats from July 1964.



I spent many warm evenings during the 60s sitting in the parking lot at Gino's 15-cent Hamburgers watching the parade of muscle cars go by.

All evening long, guys in high performance vehicles would turn off East Market and crawl through the U-shaped lot nice and slow...

...giving the assembled multitude the longest possible opportunity to gaze in envy...

...at the kind of machines that real men drive.

The Pontiac G.T.O. was one of the more common species to gather at nightfall around the watering hole.

Jan & Dean put a killer bee tribute to the powerful car on the flip side of their smash hit "The Little Old Lady From Pasadena." From July of 1964, here's "My Mighty G.T.O."



A guy like me, who sat in shame behind the wheel of his dad's Nerdmobile, had two choices. He could wear a paper bag over his head (recommended), or get defiant about it. Hey mang, you think your Vette's bad, yeah? Word up - my little Nash Rambler's got push-button automatic...so eat your heart out!

If you've ever owned a lemon, a clunker, or a heap, you can relate to our next ditty. From December 1963, here again are Jan & Dean with "Schlock Rod."



Pontiac Chieftain ‘50 at The Circle Diner by Graham Reynolds
More car tunes and drive-in memories are coming up next time in Part 5, so stick around!

Have a Shady day!

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