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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!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Happy Birthday, Helen!



 THIS IS A VERY SPECIAL DAY. 



 SHADY DELL OWNER 

 HELEN TROSTLE ETTLINE  

 WAS BORN 103 YEARS AGO, 

 THE 9TH OF JANUARY, 1911. 



In keeping with tradition, let's celebrate
Helen's birthday by listening to "Helen's Song,"
Little Anthony & the Imperials performing a
Shady Dell classic, their dreamy ballad
"Two People in the World."




 HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HELEN! 


 WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU! 


26 comments:

  1. I join in remembering this amazing woman and being thankful for her countless and untold contributions to humankind. Would that we all lived as well as she. Happy birthday, Helen!

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    1. Thank you, Shelly. As long as I'm alive and as long as Blogger stays in business I will keep remembering Helen and John on their special days. Thank you very much for returning to SDM&M for another year, dear friend!

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  2. You have shared this special day in a wonderful way. Both the music and the photos are a very fine tribute to this woman who means so much to you.

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    1. Thank you very much, Jeanie! I was lucky to receive these ultra rare pictures of Helen and John as a gift. The were donated to the blog by one of John's nieces, Nancy Sieling.

      Thank you for helping me celebrate Helen's birthday today, dear friend, and have a great one yourself!

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  3. Happy Birthday to Helen! The tribute with music and photos was so wonderful.

    I hope you are doing lovely Shady!
    Kristina
    http://www.joyfullysmitten.com/

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    1. Hello, Kristina! It's been a long time, dear friend, and I'm delighted that you dropped in for a visit. I know you are joyfully smitten by your husband and baby A and I hope your holidays were filled with joy and love. Residents of Colorado had a very rough year in 2013 and I hope 2014 will be a much better one for all of you!

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  4. Hi there Shadykins. I can't believe that a whole year has gone by again, since we celebrated Helen's birthday at this time last year. It really is lovely how you keep Helen's (and John's) memory alive like this.

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    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! Yessum, it shocks me how fast the months fly by. I think you have been now been with me for four of these anniversaries. As always I deeply appreciate your friendly visits. I hope the gales have died down there in England and that you are having a wonderful week and year. Blessings, hugs and smooches to you, dear friend Thisisme!

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  5. Thank you my dear friend. Smooches right back to you! :) Yes, I think you and I are two of the original bloggy pals, and I am grateful for your neverending support.

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    1. In this ever changing world some things remain the same year after year. Our warm, caring and fun filled friendship is one of them.

      God bless!

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  6. Happy Birthday Helen. What a blessing she was to those around her! People like Helen are a light in the world. God bless, Tom.

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    1. You are another light in this world, dear Belle. Thank you for coming by today and helping me remember Helen on the 103rd anniversary of her birth. It hardly seems possible because I have vivid memories of her in her 50s smiling at me across the Dell snack bar every night. I can still hear her voice mixed with Little Anthony's as he sang on the jukebox nearby.

      Thank you again, dear friend Belle,for thinking about me and being here for Helen on her birthday. God bless!

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  7. Your blog has made a monument to Helen and also her husband John..a monument stronger than granite because it's made with love and respect. I went and reread the side bar with your memories of the Dell and could feel the spirit of that special time and place. You and the other Dell Rats were lucky to have a place to hang out, enjoy music, be free, and grow up. I'm sure Helen is celebrating this 103rd birthday in a place with John and is smiling down at you for taking the time to remember her. Happy Birthday Helen..I didn' know you, but sure wish I could have!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Helen Ettline would have loved you. In fact, I can't imagine anyone not liking and loving you. It means a great deal to me that you reread my cover story on this special occasion. You really seem to be channeling the spirit of my Dell years. John and Helen were in their 50s and 60s when I went there as a teen, but they were young at heart and kids felt right at home with them. I am trying to uphold that tradition, remaining forever young and inviting friends like you to come here and recapture your youth as well. None of us has to let old age win. We will fight back with music and love and laughter.

      Thank you very much for being such a great friend and Dell rat, dear friend YaYa. Enjoy your Friday and have a WARM and wonderful weekend!

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  8. Happy Birthday, Helen! It must be wonderful to be remembered with such love.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thank you for the sweet words, dear Janie. As long as I can keep this blog going Helen and John will be remembered.

      Have a good evening, a happy Friday and a great weekend, dear friend!

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  9. Happy birthday to a beautiful lady! To think she would have been just a little older than the original dell rat, Margaret! Wish I could have met Helen. I could feel her presence in the dell kitchen and only imagine her whipping up all that great dell food for the young dell rats to enjoy! Nice tribute, Shady!

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Toni! You have been here for all SIX of these yearly birthday tributes and I appreciate your loyal friendship more than I can express.

      I wish you would have known Dell keeper Helen Ettline. You are a people person and you and Helen would have loved each other.

      Thank you again, dear friend Toni, for helping me remember Helen on her birthday. Have a great weekend!

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  10. What a lovely tribute Shady. I'm sure Helen was looking down with a smile! x

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    1. Thank you, dear Sarah! We can all aspire to live a good life, to learn, teach, help others and set an example for our peers and the younger generation. Helen and John did those things and I am proud to remember them year by year.

      Thank you again for your visit, your comment and your friendship, dear Sarah. I hope your weekend is off to a fine start!

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  11. Happy Birthday Helen...103 years! I bet it seems just like yesterday to you Shady! Time flies, but memories...not so much! We can so easily take ourselves back and remember those special times and special people!

    Haven't been on blogger for a few days...just kind of tired I guess. Need to get off it and start producing!

    Hope you and Mrs Shady are doing well, and, having some enjoyable weather Shady. It's been nice and cool here with a bit of rain.

    I know Helen is beaming down at you right about now, so proud that you do remember! Thanks Shady for sharing with us! Have a great weekend, see you soon! ♫

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    1. Hello hello hello, dear Suzanne! Yessum, it seems like only yesterday when I sat at the Dell snack counter drinking a cherry coke and watching The Monkees with Helen while the jukebox played in the background. Add the dinging sound of the nearby pinball machine and multiple conversations going on in the crowded room and you can imagine how noisy it was, but so much fun.

      The heat returned to Central Florida today and we needed to run the a/c all day! The temp is going to be up and down for the next few days.

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear Suzanne. Enjoy your evening and your Sunday!

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  12. P.S. Enjoyed the Little Anthony song!

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    1. That's the B side of "Tears On My Pillow" and it's the song I remember hearing most often when I visited Helen in the snack bar. I assume she was the one who kept playing it and that it must have been her favorite. That's why I decided to nickname it "Helen's Song" and play it every year on her birthday.

      Thanks again and good night, dear Suzanne!

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