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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!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Happy Birthday, John!


 John Ettline was born 


 107 years ago today on  


  the 12th of March, 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.




* John 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 all of us. 

 I thought it fitting, therefore, to post 

 a video that offers the kind of advice 

 that John would have dispensed. 





 I also invite you to listen to this 

 timeless message of hope as we 

 remember our leader,  

 Mr. John Ettline. 




 Happy birthday, John! 


 We love you and miss you! 


20 comments:

  1. Good morning Tom. Happy Birthday to John - he would be so honoured to know that you keep remembering him in this way. Lovely post my friend, and I loved the sunscreen one. The little video 'Desiderata' is always a delight to see, and something that we should ALL take note of. My husband is a simple man at heart, and I think I told you before that his framed copy of Desiderata was one of the first things he ever gave me when we first met. We're suffering a Siberian spell of weather at the moment, with bitterly cold winds. Eurostar has been completely closed due to adverse weather conditions in France, and Emma is due to drive back home tomorrow via Eurostar, so I do hope that things improve for tomorrow :( Take care my friend.

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    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! The Desiderata is ageless and timeless. I cant think of a more special gift to give or ro receive. Thank you for sharing that memory about your husband. I am sorry to learn that you're in the grip of a wintry cold snap and poor travel conditions. It seems like Emma and her family always face adverse weather when traveling home from your place. Please let me know when she arrives home safely. Thank you very much for helping us remember John's birthday, dear friend Thisisme, and I wish you a very happy day as well!

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  2. I do think John and Helen would be completely delighted that their legacy is living so vibrantly in you and the other Dell Rats, my friend. What labors of love they poured out, and how it's still paying dividends. So happy birthday, John!

    And have a wonderful week, friend Shady. We are going out of town and I don't know if I will have a connection to blogland, but I shall return next week.

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    1. Hi, Shelly! Thank you for coming to John's birthday celebration. It's hard to believe he would be 107 years old today. He was several years younger than I am now when I first met him in 1965. The years keep rolling on and I again thank you for your friendship and support as I try to keep these old memories alive. It was kind of you to let me know you'll be out of town and possibly out of touch. Again, that's good, heads-up blogging and much appreciated. The next chapter of Kathleen Mae Schneider's In-Dell-ible Memories will be published Thursday and will be on the front page thru Tuesday. It's loaded with interesting facts and stories and I hope you have time to read it before next Wednesday. Enjoy your time away from home, stay safe, and I will catch up with you next week, dear Shelly!

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  3. Hi Shady! John sounds like such a stand up guy and I know you feel privileged to have known him, and I felt rather awestruck after reading about him. The world could use more people like he and Helen. I think it's wonderful how you keep their beautiful spirits alive here for the rest of us to experience and I know they would feel honored. Happy Birthday, John!!

    I LOVE both of the videos you shared today. They are filled with timeless truths and wonderful advice. Knowing that this is the type of advice John would have passed along makes me admire and respect him even more. Watching them helped me to step back and put my own worries in perspective and I truly thank you for that, my friend. I imagine that's exactly what John's words often did for you.

    If I remember correctly, Baz Luhrmann directed a modern version of Romeo & Juliet in the 90s that I watched a bazillion times because I adored it so much.

    I hope you're having a fabulous day, dear Shady!

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    1. Hi, Jenn June! Your words warm my heart, dear friend. I am delighted to know that the two videos I selected to honor John resonated with you. I agree that they both contain timeless truths and help us put things into perspective. I was not aware that Baz directed a Romeo & Juliet movie but when I looked it up I realized that it is a project with which I am familiar, the modern update of the tale entitled Romeo + Juliet (1996) that starred Leo DiCaprio and Claire (My So-Called Life) Danes. I'm willing to bet you watched her TV series regularly, too. Thank you so very much for your visit and kind comments, dear Jennifer!

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  4. Kathleen Mae SchneiderMarch 12, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    My father said that we all are born into this life with opportunities to improve our world; we just have to look for them and act. John was a self-made man who certainly used his moment in time to its best advantage. By combining knowledge gleaned from experiences in many areas with a natural talent for connecting with young people and building their trust, he and Helen built the Shady Dell that lives on in so many hearts.

    I'm so glad that my ancestral home was kept alive and filled with love and light during the Ettlines' stewardship. My grandparents would be happy knowing that what they began there long ago still brings goodness to the world, first through John and Helen and now you, Tom.

    You've told us how they welcomed those hundreds of teens across the doorstep of the old house into a world of acceptance and fun, while simultaneously teaching them responsibility for their actions. You describe the sights and sounds of the marvelous parallel universe they built for you.

    These memories are really worth honoring and repeating. Although such a place will not easily be found again, we are inspired to take up a bit of the Dell's magic and extend it into our own lives.

    Thank you for this touching tribute to a very special man on his birthday, and for keeping the Dell's lights shining for all of us!

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    1. Hi, dear Kathleen! Your eloquence always renders me speechless. I especially liked your description of the Shady Dell as a parallel universe for it surely seemed like one to the young people who gathered there nightly. I sometimes wonder what John and Helen would have to say today if they were still alive at 107 and 102 years of age respectively. Would they still have a sense of humor as does your mother? Would they still recall so much from the past as does your mother? Would they have important stories to share with us that contribute valuable pieces to this puzzle that you and I are trying to put together? We can only speculate. Thank you very much for these wise and wonderful words, dear friend Kathleen. We will all be blessed this Thursday when you bring us the next chapter of your mother Margaret's In-Dell-ible Memories.

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  5. Hi Shady, and, Happy Birthday to John! Gosh, 107 years old and, still being loved, praised and fondly remembered! Wow, managing dance clubs, the Valencia Ballroom sounds so romantic. Music and dancing go hand in hand with dapper attire! No wonder he was so motivated to jump right in and have a dance club of his own, keeping his dreams alive, and, with a wonderful partner as Helen.

    I did watch your 'Sunscreen'video. There's something for everyone on that video...'do something SCARY everyday'-that's a good one!

    This was a very moving post, Shady...it allows us to admire John, yet, feel sad too, me...because I never got to meet him!
    Have a wonderful week, my friend, and, thanks for visiting Karo's blog!♫

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    1. Hello, dear Suzanne! You just made me realize that I never once saw John or Helen dance. That seems odd, doesn't it? I suspect that they danced well together as a couple but I never saw them dance at the Dell. John and I have something in common and that is the desire to show people a good time. Nothing makes me happier than to put a bounce in someone's step by means of the tunes I post or to give them something to smile or laugh about through my humor. John loved hosting. He created a cozy, comfortable, fun environment where teenagers were given the space and freedom to be themselves. It was an experiment that worked during the 50s and 60s but went awry in the decades that followed when the crowd became unruly and disrespectful. Disrespecting John or Helen was practically unheard of when I attended and was tantamount to a cardinal sin. I was fortunate to have been there during the Dell's golden era.

      I was very excited to see Karo's post. Now if he can just get rid of that stubborn cold w/o passing it back to you and/or Scootie! Thank you very much for stopping by, dear Suzanne. Take care, my friend!

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  6. Your lovely tribute must have made John very proud and happy. I can't imagine anything better than to have your life's efforts so beautifully appreciated for so many years. Well done.

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    1. karen, thank you! I suppose we all wonder if we will be remembered when we are gone, how we will be remembered and for how long. John Ettline is a man who deserves to be remembered forever. Thank you very much for joining John's birthday celebration, dear friend!

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  7. Hi Tom,
    You always have the loveliest comments and thoughts for John and Helen. I wish I could have heard the 'timeless message' but I think I'm missing a plug in for something. Will have to be cking into that...
    It's wonderful you had John in your life...and I'm so thankful you share your memories here.
    Life's been a tad hectic for me...was off and running again last weekend visiting one of our DIL's who was hospitalized while pregnant with twins. I think they have things under control for now but she's there for at least another week.

    Have a wonderful week dear friend!
    Hugs~

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    1. Hugs to you, dear Sush! I hope your daughter-in-law's conditon has indeed stabilized and that there will be no further complications with her pregnancy. Please keep us posted because we all care. I do hope you can get sound restored so that you can watch those videos and absorb their inspiring messages. An investment of few minutes spent viewing those clips yields dividends throughout the year. Thank you very much for coming to John's 107th, dear friend Sush, and for your kind words. They and you are greatly appreciated!

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  8. Everyone made such lovely comments. It is such a wonderful thing you are doing in keeping John and Helen's memory alive. They are inspiring to read about and emulate. Teenagers are the ones who need the most help, love and attention in our society. Most people find them intimidating, but not John and Helen. They saw the beauty in teens and wanted to help them. What a blessing they were!

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    1. Hi, dear Belle! You made an excellent point. I think many people view teenagers from a safe distance and find them intimidating. John and Helen were "hands on" people. Instead of backing away, they moved closer, got to know teens, looked for and brought out the good in them. If more authority figures would adopt that same philosophy the world would be better for it. Your comments were just as lovely as everyone else's, dear Belle. You have a good heart and you are a blessing to all of your friends. Have a wonderful Wednesday and a very special and happy day tomorrow (hint hint)!

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  9. Happy Birthday, John!
    They just don't make 'em like you anymore.
    A man with so many aspirations and many talents.
    Missed by many, loved by many.
    Thanks, Shady, for the lovely memorial!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Toni! John Ettline was, as I like to say, a John of all trades and master of many. More importantly, as you pointed out, he was loved by many and still missed by many including me. Thank you again for your kindness, dear friend Toni, and have a safe and happy day!

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  10. Happy Birthday John! I love Everybody's Free to Wear Sunscreen. It's perfect! Hope you are well Tom!

    Emma x

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    1. Hi, dear Emma! Thank you very much for helping me observe John's birthday. It's nice to know you are familiar with the sage advice offered by Baz Luhrmann. As you probably know, Wear Sunscreen and the Desiderata are both YouTube evergreens with a tremendous number of hits. I am very happy to see you, dear Emma. I am well and I hope you and Donnacha are, too!

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