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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!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

100 Years Ago Today! Happy Birthday, Helen Ettline!

xxx
 This is a very special day... 

 a day to give thanks. 


 Helen 

 Trostle 

 Ettline 

 was born 

 100 years 

 ago on 

 Jan. 9th, 

 1911. 



Things to know and remember about Helen:

* Helen loved horses and was a skilled rider.

* Helen married John in Texas prior to his
joining the U.S. Army and serving in WWII.

* Helen was patient and tolerant.

* Helen was a great listener.

* Helen was a warm, gracious hostess.

* Helen had a twinkle in her eye and a
winning smile.

Every evening while Helen worked behind the Dell's lunch counter preparing treats to feed the masses she enjoyed listening to a steady stream of doo-wop era oldies that played on the restaurant jukebox.

Let's celebrate Helen's birthday by listening to one of her favorite songs, "Two People in the World" by the Imperials,
a Dell classic that I affectionately nicknamed "Helen's Song."



 Happy birthday, Helen! 

 We love you and miss you! 

13 comments:

  1. lovely post my dear and happy bday to Helen

    xxxx*K*

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  2. Katia - Thank you, dear friend! It hardly seems possible that our beloved Helen would be 100 years of age by now. Sadly, Helen passed away too soon while still in her early 70's. Your comment is much appreciated, Katia! Have a fine day in Rome!

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  3. Happy birthday Helen,you looked like a wonderful lady.

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  4. Gingey - It's so sweet of you to offer birthday wishes to our departed Helen. She was indeed a wonderful lady, the mother of all Dell rats, and I miss her warm smile very much. Have a fine day in the UK, dear Gingey!

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  5. Happy Birthday Helen. I can just imagine all the happy times you had serving the many teenagers throughout the years. I am sure you are missed by sooooooo many.
    Odie

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  6. Odie - Most of us can only hope to be remembered so fondly more than a quarter century after we are gone. Thank you very much for your comment and have a great Carolina day!

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  7. Happy Birthday Helen. You were obviously a very special lady to be remembered by Shady on what would have been your 100th birthday. Lovely to listen to your favourite song too.
    Lovely post, Shady.

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  8. Thisisme - I have come to think of "Two People in the World" as "Helen's Song" because it is the one song that I remember hearing most often while sitting at Helen's snack bar. Relatively few kids bothered to feed coins into that particular jukebox because it contained older records that were "retired" from the main jukebox in the dance hall. Therefore, I believe it was Helen who programmed the jukebox at her work station and this Little Anthony song seemed to be Helen's Pick to Click! Thank you very much for your comment, dear Thisisme!

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  9. What a sweet post Shady. You have such a warm heart. Happy birthday to the lovely Helen.

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  10. my daughter Weronika loves that hamster:-)

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  11. Alabee - Thanks, kiddo. I wish I had better photos of John and Helen, the awesome mom and pop team that owned and operated the Dell. Unfortunately, these scans made from an old newspaper clipping are all that I have. Maybe someday better portraits of this remarkable couple will surface. Thank you for your comment, dear Alabee, and have a super day out on the left coast!

    Wanilianna - That's all I needed to know! I hereby bestow upon Weronika the coveted title of Baby Dell Rat. Her ears and tail are in the mail! (LOL) Stay tuned, Wanilianna - you're up next in the spotlight!

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  12. I always think that if a teenager likes an adult, that adult is special. Happy Birthday Helen, you have a beautiful smile.

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  13. Belle - I'm glad you can tell from the grainy image that Helen Ettline had a warm and welcoming smile. What you wrote is true. When a teenager makes a connection with an adult, a connection that in my case has lasted a lifetime, it means that adult never forgot what it was like to be young. Thank you very much for your comment, dear friend Belle!

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