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"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

Friday, November 12, 2010

Snap, Crackle and Pop: The Sound Decisions That Affected Your Life! (Part 2)

Here's a rare find, indeed!
(Bought it on eBay.)

It's the original 1955 pilot episode of Disney's Spin and Marty serial. The long lost and never before seen Martin Markham Goes to the Dell was scrapped at the last minute and never made it onto the Mickey Mouse Club. Let's have a look!

Marty: Just as I thought...a dirty old farm. Tell the driver to hang a 180, Perkins. Let's blow this pop stand!

Perkins: But Master Martin, I have explicit orders from your grandmum to see to it that you are enrolled here at the Shady Dell. I'm certain that once you meet Mr. & Mrs. Ettline and the other boys, you'll change your mind and agree to give it a go. Pip pip...cheerio and all that rot!

Okay, I'll break it to you gently. That wasn't a real script. Sorry to burst your bubble but I made the whole thing up!
I did it for a reason - to get my jollies to get you thinking. Marty wasn't too jazzed about the Triple-R Ranch the first time he laid eyes on it, was he? To his credit, however, he resisted the urge to bolt. He gave it a try. Little by little the place and the people grew on him. As a result, Marty made lots of new friends and collected enough happy memories to last a lifetime. Sound familiar, Dell rats?

I have a few more what ifs to add the the hypotheticals in my previous post. What if you had pulled into the parking lot at 1501 Starcross Road for your first visit back in the 50's or 60's and discovered that the Dell was not a quaint old house and a dusty old barn, but a totally different kind of place?

What if the Dell had resembled a 21st century dance palace - a spotlessly clean and modern facility complete with light show, video wallpaper, optimized acoustics, and a state-of-the-art sound system?

What if "Spin".....

.....turned out to be this dude!

Scans courtesy Jerre Slaybaugh collection:
What if the Dell had a DJ spinning records, (the same oldies that you remember being played there), and cross-fading between each song, providing a seamless flow of music?

Would you have preferred to listen to your music that way... uninterrupted?

After all, that Dell jukebox made you wait about ten seconds or more between songs while it changed records. Bummer! (Or was it?) Think of all of the important Dell business that was conducted in those relatively quiet ten second intervals.

Ten seconds gave you just enough time to meet somebody new
and introduce yourself. Ten seconds was time enough to ask for a dance, ask for a phone number, or ask for a date. How would it have changed things for you
if you had been deprived of the ten seconds that became available every two-and-a-half minutes?

Let's not forget the all important sense of smell.

What if the smoky haze and musty, dusty barn smell that you remember never existed? What if Shadio 54 had been equipped with a computer regulated, temperature controlled air supply with hidden ducts piping in mood-altering, designer pheromone fragrances?

Think about it. How would the look, sound, and smell of that imaginary Dell have affected your experience of the place and your memories of it?

If you could do it all over again, would you trade the Dell as it actually was for the new and improved, hi-tech version that I described?

A state-of-the-art, digitally remastered, designer Dell?

Be careful what you wish for, Dell rats!

As Dr. Miles J. Bennell intoned in Invasion of the Body Snatchers,
"I don't want any part of it."

Have a Shady day!

1 comment:

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