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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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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
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Happy Birthday, John!

xxx
John Ettline was born

105 years ago today

on March 12th, 1906.



Things to know and remember about John:

* John was a graduate of York High School.

* John played football and baseball and was considered very athletic.




* John was an extremely intelligent man. He attended a junior college until his father pulled him out to help with the family farm in Foustown, the Cousler Park area north of York.

* John was a collector of antiques. He purchased many pieces from his youngest brother Paul who was an antiques dealer. The late Paul Ettline always spoke very highly of his oldest brother.

* Looking back at John Ettline’s life, it's safe to say that he was a John of all trades and a master of many.

* John worked in coal mines.

*John was a music agent, scheduling bands for local clubs.

* John managed various York clubs including the historic Valencia Ballroom, America’s first air conditioned dance hall.

* John also managed Lehmeyer’s, the classy men's clothier on North George St.

* John was a dapper dresser, a great dancer, and a very handsome gentleman.

* John was a ladies' man, a man's man, and very much his own man.

Most of all John was a wise man and he shared his wisdom with us. I thought it fitting, therefore, to post the following:



I would also like to offer this timeless
message of hope as we remember our
leader, Mr. John Ettline.




Happy birthday, John!

We love you and miss you!

22 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to John. Goodness, he certainly seems to have lived a full and varied life. Those two little video clips were wonderful. Desiderata is a very favourite piece of my husbands and, shortly after we started going out together, he gave me a framed copy. So many wise words there. Hope you are well dear friend and enjoying a relaxing weekend.

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  2. Thank you, Thisisme! Both of those videos are loaded with sage advice. "Desiderata" touched my soul the first time I heard it and I rushed out to buy the Les Crane record. Thanks again for your visit, dear friend, and for helping your fellow Dell rats observe John's birthday. Have a fine weekend in Southhams!

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  3. John was a man of many talents. He seems to have brought love and joy to those around him. Wonderful.
    I loved the videos, Shady. So very beautiful and wise.

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  4. If we all could be remembered such a way 105 years from our birth! A great birthday tribute to John Ettline. In our house is a framed copy of Desiderata, my husband repeats it from memory.

    A wonderful and thought provoking post!

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  5. What a talented man - I hope I can pack as much in to my life :) Have a great weekend Shady!

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  6. What a wonderful life you are celebrating in this post my friend.The videos filled with wisdom, love and heartfelt messages are a wonderful representation of a life well lived.
    Hugs!.

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  7. Belle - Yes, Mr. Ettline was a John of all trades and Johnny on the spot when you needed a helping hand. I know that you would have loved him as I did. Thank you for your comment, dear friend Belle, and have a wonderful B.C. weekend!

    Cindy - The words of the Desiderata remain relevant to every generation and I'm glad to know that they resonate with you and Clint as much as they do with me. To be remembered so fondly all these years later is proof that John touched many lives. Thank you for coming by, dear friend!

    Gawgus - Your observation is worth noting. John lived life with gusto. He stayed curious and got involved in many different jobs and hobbies over the years. (Please know that I have been trying to visit you site but keep getting blocked!) Have a wonderful Paris weekend, dear G-T!

    Katie - Welcome back! It's always nice to see your smiling face on SDM&M. Your comment is much appreciated. John's was indeed a "life well lived." Thank you for helping us celebrate John's birthday and his rich, full life!

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  8. Happy Birthday John. Shady that first video had the best advice I have ever heard and something every young person needs to hear. The other one has been words that I have enjoyed for a long time. I really wish I could have been around to gleen from the knowledge of John & his sweet wife during those happy years. Thanks for allowing us to share in the memories.
    Odie

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  9. Odie - You're right about John and Helen. They were old enough to be our grandparents yet they connected with us more effectively then our own parents did. As long as I can keep this blog going I will be remembering the Ettlines on their special days. Thanks for reporting in, Odie, and have a great weekend in NC!

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  10. Happy Birthday to John:-))))Today... I have Birthday too:-) Nice:-) Kisses Tom:-)

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful man!
    So interesting to read the fact that he bought antiques fm his brother.
    Have a great weekend Shady!

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  12. Wanilianna - Same right back at you, my dear friend, and happy birthday to you! Did you finally turn sweet 16? (LOL) Thank you very much for attending John's party!

    Lenore - Many of John's antiques were sold at auction in recent years while others still remain at the Dell. I am proud to say that I own a very old book that once belonged to John! Have a fine weekend, dear friend!

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  13. John sounds like a lovely man, who had a full, rich life. I'm glad you were able to know him. Desiderata was wonderful as well.

    And thank you for your concern. Luckily we are all okay here in California, and our thoughts are with those in Japan.

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  14. Alabee - Thank you very much for joining the birthday celebration for John. It puts my mind at ease to know that you are okay and that your coastal town survived the impact of the tsunami. I hope you are having a good weekend and will continue to inspire us with your words both here and there. Bless you, dear friend!

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  15. happy birthday to this good sir. It appears as though John lived a very full and happy life. I admire any man whose style can be described as dapper :)

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  16. Amber Blue Bird - Your birthday greeting is greatly appreciated. John was indeed a natty dresser and once managed the prestigious clothing store where every Dell rat shopped for his uniform. As a woman of the cloth (LOL) you would have appreciated John's sense of style! Have a terrific Saturday night and Sunday, dear friend Amber!

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  17. Shady, I remember for several years my parents and many of their friends used to talk about the "den of iniquity" that Shady Dell, one of my regular haunts was. After having to leave my Austin-Healey Sprite (1965 Mark IV, not a Bug-eye) in the parking lot and retrieve it the following day, John came out to help my Dad, my neighbor and I get my car started. John looked under the hood, and diagnosed that my starter Bendix was bent, and the only way my 4-speed could be started was by putting it in gear, being pushed up to a certain speed with the ignition turned on, then popping the clutch for it to start. Of course, it worked! I never heard another complaint about the Dell from my Dad nor anyone near our family after that. In fact, Dad had a high respect for John just coming out to the parking lot to help us on a Sunday afternoon, which he didn't need to do, and knew that he had met a good man. I wish I had taken more time out to express appreciation for the people that he and Helen were. I probably did in my own way, going light speed, but I'll pause and take this time to join in honoring John, and Helen along with him.

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  18. Shady, I remember for several years my parents and many of their friends used to talk about the "den of iniquity" that Shady Dell, one of my regular haunts was. After having to leave my Austin-Healey Sprite (1965 Mark IV, not a Bug-eye) in the parking lot and retrieve it the following day, John came out to help my Dad, my neighbor and I get my car started. John looked under the hood, and diagnosed that my starter Bendix was bent, and the only way my 4-speed could be started was by putting it in gear, being pushed up to a certain speed with the ignition turned on, then popping the clutch for it to start. Of course, it worked! I never heard another complaint about the Dell from my Dad nor anyone near our family after that. In fact, Dad had a high respect for John just coming out to the parking lot to help us on a Sunday afternoon, which he didn't need to do, and knew that he had met a good man. I wish I had taken more time out to express appreciation for the people that he and Helen were. I probably did in my own way, going light speed, but I'll pause and take this time to join in honoring John, and Helen along with him.

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  19. Ron - Excellent testimonial! I believe that every Dell rat has at least one story like that to tell about John. No matter what type of problem you had, whether it was starting your car or trouble at home with your folks, John helped you solve it. Thank you very much for telling it like it was, good buddy Ron, and have a super Sunday!

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  20. Oh, Yes I did:-))))))Thank you very much dear Tom! :-)

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  21. Oh my goodness, Happy Birthday to what sounds like such a absolutely incredible man! It seems he lived such meaningful and inspiring life, filled with what he loved to do. As it should be! I think now a days people fill up their lives with so much stuff they don't want to do or don't enjoy doing. People should explore their passions more...

    Every time I see that I have a comment from you Mr. Anderson, my heart gets a little lighter because I know I'm about to read your wise, thoughtful, and caring words. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart yet again for being such a dear blog friend to me. My gratitude is more than you may imagine.

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  22. Lauren, this is the sweetest comment ever! John Ettline was a mentor to hundreds of teenagers, sharing his wisdom decade after decade. I do not pretend to be the man that John was, but I do care about people, epecially the young who have so much ahead of them and so much potential. I am delighted that you stopped by on a Sunday and offered me the gift of these kind remarks. Thank you, Lauren!

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