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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!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Liebster Fest! Hungry For New Friends? Then Come to My Awards Banquet!


 Well I never been to Spain 

 But I kinda like the music 

 (and the bloggers... one 

 sweet lady in particular). 


Dear friends, I am proud to announce
that Shady Dell Music & Memories has
received the Liebster Blog Award!

Paula aka Mademoiselle Rock 'n' Roll

The Liebster was given to me by
my dear Spanish friend Paula
aka Mademoiselle Rock 'n' Roll.


What is a Liebster Award?

The German word "Liebster" roughly translates
to "Dearest." The Liebster Award is given to
bloggers with fewer than 200 followers
whose blogs are deemed worthy of
more recognition. The guidelines
for the award are as follows:

            * Link back to the blog that nominated you.

            * Answer the 11 questions posed by the
                blogger who nominated you.

            * Reveal 11 facts about yourself.

            * Pick 11 other deserving blogs that have fewer
               than 200 followers and notify the authors that
               they have been nominated for the award.

            * Submit a list of 11 questions to the bloggers
               you have chosen.


My goodness, every step of the Liebster
process requires a set of 11. It made me think
of Lucky Eleven, one of my favorite record labels.

Now, I'll answer the questions
my dear friend Paula asked.

1. What's your favourite music group and song?

There are, of course, many, but my sentimental
favorites are the Magnificent Men, the homegrown
Central Pennsylvania blue-eyed soul band and
their inspiring ballad "Peace of Mind," a
tremendous hit at the Shady Dell.




2. How long you been with your blog?

It will be six years in July.

3. Hot or cold?

Back home in Pennsylvania I was always cold.
Here in Florida I am always hot.

4. If you had to live in any other time period
besides now, which one would you pick?

I would go back to the 1950s, 1963 at the latest.
As I remember them, the baby boom years were
a time of innocence, simplicity, security, hope
and progress.  There was tacit agreement in
our society about the importance of things
like manners and etiquette, respect for
 parents and other authority figures,
clean, healthy living, goodness and
decency and obeying the rules.
In 1963 the world changed.
For me, at least, there was
very little peace of mind
in the years that followed.

5. How you define your style?

I realize this question is aimed primarily at women
and their fashion sense, but I will use it to define
my writing/blogging style: humor, heart and soul.

6. What do you wanna do in a nearby future?

I want to continue to improve my communication
skills and expand my circle of friends.

7. Your favourite book?

There are two.






THE ZOMBIES THAT
ATE PITTSBURGH:
The Films Of
GEORGE ROMERO
by Paul Gagne






and Incredibly Strange Films
by Vivian Vale
& Andrea Juno









8. What do you do in your free time?

I connect with friends, listen to music, exercise
and watch reruns of My Mother The Car.

9. Do you have any fear?

I have fears but I've learned it's okay to be
afraid and I don't let them stand in the way
of accomplishing my goals. The things I fear
most are those over which I have no control.
I suppose my greatest fear is that the world
I once knew is vanishing around me and
is being replaced by something I hardly
recognize. I fear that the values and
lessons of the past along with the
people, places and things that
were part of it will be forgotten
or, even worse, dismissed
by future generations
as irrelevant.

10. If you could now go to some other place,
where would you go?

I'd like to experience the peace and tranquility
of life in an unspoiled rural community in
Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont.

11. Which is the craziest thing you've done?


On five different occasions I walked barefoot
 across a 20 foot pit of fire. Crazy? Perhaps.
However, it was also empowering.


11 FACTS ABOUT MYSELF:




1. At age five I got stung by
a dozen bees while exploring
the wreckage of an old boat.
I didn't cry. As a child I never
cried when in physical pain, only
when I was in emotional distress.





2. I am left handed. My first grade teacher
tried unsuccessfully to make me right handed.
In 5th grade, as a lefty, I won a penmanship
 contest for the best handwriting in my class.


3. I produced and directed a television commercial
for an auto parts dealer in which a monster truck
converged on a large group of young people having
a picnic. The crowd parted like the Red Sea and
scattered in all directions as Big Foot plowed
through, crushing tables loaded with food.

4. I had lunch with Jay Black of Jay and the
Americans, dinner with Freddy Cannon and
rode in a limousine with Senor Wences, the
Spanish ventriloquist who made numerous
appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.
"S'awright?" "S'awriiight!"


5. This June it will be 22 years since I had a
drink of alcohol, a cigarette or a drug.
Shady Del Knight smokes a pipe.
I never did.  

6. Like Shady Dell owners Helen and John Ettline
I never had any children of my own.
It was by choice.


7. I once rolled my dad's Volkswagen
Beetle on a rain slick curve while
performing racing maneuvers on my
way to the Dell. Battery acid sprayed
throughout the car interior eating holes
in the upholstery and in my brand new
safari jacket which I was hoping to show
off that evening on the Dell dance floor.
What's another name for VW battery acid?
Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!

8. In college I was involved in theater and
acted in a production of Tennessee Williams'
Suddenly Last Summer playing Dr. Cukrowicz,
the role popularized by Montgomery Clift in
the 1959 movie. My only regret is that
I never got the chance to kiss Liz Taylor.


9. At two separate concert venues within
a 24-hour period, my production team
interviewed British New Wave vocal trio
The Thompson Twins and glam/heavy metal
rockers Kiss. I also met and had drinks with
Canadian singer David Clayton-Thomas,
lead vocalist of Blood Sweat & Tears.

10. I played the role of a surgeon in a TV
commercial for an electronics repair shop
and "operated" on "The Old Admiral"
...a "sick" television set.

11. Mrs. Shady and I worked for the same
television station. That's how we met.
We fell for each other at our company
Christmas party which took place on
a romantic moonlight yacht cruise.

(No, the yacht did not belong
to Osgood Fielding III.)

ZOWIE!!!


Now here are 11 questions for the fine
bloggers I have selected for this award:

1. If you have a pet or pets, do you see them as
    merely animals, or are they members of your family?

2. Would you rather read a good
    book or watch a good movie?

3. If you could have a dream come true,
    what would it be?

4. What would you do with a billion dollars?

5. If you could watch a creative person in the act
    of the creative process, who and what would it be?

6. What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?

7. What were you doing when you experienced the
    happiest moment of your life or felt most alive?

8. Would you rather be single and rich
    or married and poor?

9. If you are currently in a relationship,
    how did you meet your partner?

10. Which is more blessed, loving someone
      or being loved by someone?

11. If you could time travel, which decade or century
      would you most like to visit? Where in the world
      would you go? Would you want to stay in that
       place and time or return to the present?


Now I would like to pass the Liebster Award
along to some other worthy bloggers.  If your
name is on the list and you already received this
award in the past and do not wish to participate
then simply accept this honor as a token of my
 esteem and know that I think highly of you,
value your friendship and enjoy your blog.

Unfortunately, I cannot nominate some of my friends
for this award because of a technicality - their blogs
already have more than 200 members. They include:

* Thisisme at Southhamsdarling
* Emma at Ol' Green Eyes 
* Bouncin' Barb at This and That (As I Bounce Thru' Life)
* Janie Junebug at WOMEN: WE SHALL OVERCOME
* Katie at Katherine's Corner

However, I urge you to give their blogs
a try if you haven't already done so.


Here are the 11 bloggers that I
nominate for the Liebster Award:




Sarah at Style Sixties



Shelly at La Tejana






 Congratulations to all of you 

 and thank you again, Paula,  

  Mademoiselle Rock 'N' Roll, 

 for this special award. 

 You are a great friend! 

Have a Shady day!

40 comments:

  1. Gosh, I'm first on today Shadikins! No dunce's cap for me today. Many congratulations on your Award my friend, which is richly deserved. Strange, I only mentioned on BB's blog yesterday about the Awards that used to be handed around a couple of years ago, but I haven't seen any going around for ages! Thank you so much for the shout-out. I'm glad you nominated our Texan friend, Miss Suzanne. Well, you certainly gave us some good answers there, although being Shady, it's hard to tell when you're jesting, and when you're not!! Out of all the records you've played on here, I was really surprised to hear your all time favourite. Not quite what I would have expected from you! I enjoyed this post. It's always good to learn more about our bloggy friends. Have a lovely weekend dear Tom.

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    1. Hallo, dear Thisisme! Yessum, you're the early bird on this special awards post and it's great to see you! You're right. There were quite a few different blog awards going around two or three years ago and then it stopped. I was very happy to receive this one from my friend Paula in Spain. She received her award from Deb, my newest follower in Queensland, Australia. Isn't it wonderful how we can establish a network of friends around the world?

      Yessum, I passed the Liebster on to BOTH Suzannes and to husband Karo for his Rockabilly blog.

      Thank you very much for your kindness over the years, dear friend, and for coming over for a visit today. Hugs, smooches and have a wonderful weekend, Thisisme!

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  2. Hi there! First of all, congratulations on your award!!! I thoroughly enjoyed reading all of your answers. They were so very interesting and funny. Second of all, thanks so much for the nomination! I could not believe it when I saw my name, it made my day! I will get to working on those questions soon, You picked some really great ones.
    So long.

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    1. Hi, Abigail! Thank you very much for the kind words, my new friend. They mean a lot to me. It gives me great pleasure to entertain and inform someone like you of another generation. There is much we can learn from each other. You have an excellent blog of your own and deserve recognition. I am delighted to do my part and help you attract more followers. I'm glad you liked my questions. Having seen and read about your Daisy I think I already know the answer to #1! :)

      Thank you again, dear friend Abigail, and have a safe and happy weekend!

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  3. Wheee!!! Thank you! Congratulations on your well deserved award. I was fascinated with all your facts. A very hearty congratulations on your 22 years of very healthy living, That's quite a feat in itself. I think your life story would make a very interesting book- think about it, my friend!

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    1. Hi, Shelly! Thank you very much for your loyal friendship over the past two or three years and for your thoughtful words here today.

      I'm often asked if it's a daily struggle to refrain from drinking, smoking and drugging. Mercifully, it's not. Once I got serious about it and flipped the switch in my head, it was automatic and easy to make the right choice day by day. For me, being in complete control of my faculties at all times is the greatest high I have ever experienced.

      "Once you get clean, there's no in between."

      Thank you again, dear friend, for lending your support on this special occasion. Have a great weekend, Shelly!

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  4. Thank you, Shady, for the honor of being asked to share this award. I really enjoyed reading your answers and learning some new things about you. You have a lot to be proud of. I especially enjoyed your thoughts on the world we grew up in compared to the world we live in today.
    I will do my best to comply with the guidelines of the award, but in the past I have been known to veer from the rules a bit. I will definitely visit the other blogs you have shared this award with.

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    1. Hi, dear Jeanie! It gives me enormous pleasure to give this award to someone like you because your fine blog reflects the same values that I am trying to preserve on mine. Having you as a friend means a great deal to me.

      If any rules were made to be broken they are the rules governing blog awards, and I encourage you to make any changes you wish.

      Our friend Thisisme wondered how many of my answers were real and how many were made in jest. Since the friendship you and I share is relatively new, I want to assure you that all 11 answers and all 11 facts revealed about myself are true with the minor exception of my reference to "My Mother The Car" which I haven't actually seen in decades.

      Thank you very much for your ongoing friendship and support, dear Jeanie. Enjoy your Liebster Award and have a splendid weekend!

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  5. I do know you well enough to have expected that about My Mother The Car" when I read that answer.

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  6. Thank you for thinking of me. I remember My Mother the Car. heheheheheheheh I loved Senor Wences. I performed a dramatic interpretation for a few high school forensics competitions of the Liz Taylor part in Suddenly Last Summer. I did the monologue toward the end of the play when she describes what happened to Sebastian. I was even more beautiful than Liz.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hi, Janie Junebug! Welcome to Leibster Fest 2014 - my All You Can Eat blog awards banquet! It's too bad your delightful site recently exceeded the 200 follower threshold, otherwise you'd be delivering your Liebster Award acceptance speech at this very moment.

      Just think, Janie. You might be the only other person on earth who actually remembers My Mother The Car, the sitcom voted the worst TV show in broadcast history by Bill O'Reilly. I am also thrilled to know you remember the elderly ventriloquist Senor Wences. In the mid 80s, I was stage manager for an oldies revival show that included Jay and the Americans and Wences. I rode along in the limo to pick up Wences and his wife at their hotel and transport them to the concert venue. They were such a sweet couple and he even let me carry his dummy out to the car and place it in the trunk! ("I'm not worthy!") Hey, I'd be the last one to call you the Queen of Denial for claiming to be more beautiful than Liz Taylor. I'm sure you were and still are, JJ! You strike me as Cleopatra, Virginia Woolf and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof all rolled into one! :)

      Thanks a bunch for forging this exciting and rewarding new friendship with me, Janie. I very much appreciate it. Have a wonderful evening and weekend, my dear friend!

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    2. Thank you for tolerating my description of my great beauty. Some people don't seem to believe me when I tell them how gorgeous I am.

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    3. Where you are concerned, I will never be a doubting Thomas, Janie Junebug. I believe that you were and still are a world class beauty, one that would make Liz Taylor look like Granny Clampett. Posting selfies on your blog would be a great way to silence the skeptics, don't you think? :)

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  7. interesting facts shady! i cant believe you didnt cry when stung by that many bees, that sounds horrible! congratulations on the award, much deserved xx

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    1. Hello, my dear friend Alabee! I wish I would have known you are still actively blogging so that I could have included Carpenter St. on my award list. By now you surely know how much I admire it and you!

      It's true. For some reason I never cried when I cut myself, scraped a knee or even the time I had a sledding accident and required stitches to close a deep gash on the bridge of my nose. I only cried as a result of emotional upset. I must admit I came close when a dozen bees attacked and stung me simultaneously in the hull of that old boat!

      Thank you very much for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Alabee. Stay safe and know how much you are appreciated by me and by many others!

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  8. Well, Shady, you are certainly worthy and deserving of the Liebster award and many more, I'm sure! I agree wholeheartedly about the time period you'd want to live in--great answer! Also, there was great humor in some of your answers--some that maybe your followers won't know if you are kidding or not, I think I figured them all out though and yes, he REALLY did walk on fire!!!! I enjoyed all the fun, interesting facts on Tom Anderson but your most impressive accomplishment (in my book) was/is your 22 years of sobriety!!! Congrats on all your achievements!!!

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    1. Hi, Toni! I am very grateful for all these sweet comments, dear friend. In a way, I'm the boy who cried wolf, because I joke around so often that it's hard for friends to tell when I'm being straight with them. I guarantee that all 22 of the major items in this post are true.

      Yessum, if I had to point to the one achievement of which I am most proud it would be overcoming years of substance abuse, going cold turkey and staying clean and sober for 21.5 years and counting. The metaphorical fire walking events which took place during my NLP seminars are also high on the list because they taught me how to turn fear into power, meet challenges and accomplish goals.

      Thank you very much for all these years of loyal friendship and support, Toni. I appreciate you so very much. Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend!

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  9. Aww Tom, thanks so much! I don't know anyone who puts more time into their blog than you do! Well deserved. Loved reading about you - you've packed a lotta living into your years, my friend! My answers (should I get around to answering them) will be pale in comparison. Thanks for sparking up my Friday!

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    1. Hi, karen! Your words are deeply appreciated, my dear friend. To receive compliments like these from a blogger of your stature literally brings tears to my eyes. As the old song goes, "We belong to a mutual admiration society" because, in my humble opinion, you are the one with the more interesting and exciting life. I love that you called me Tom and I am very thankful that our paths crossed in the blogosphere and that we have become such great friends. Thank you again, dear karen, and have a safe and happy weekend!

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  10. Awww..thanks Tom! I'm honored to be included with the 10 other super blogs you listed. I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy! I'll have to really take the time to get to the thoughtful questions you posted. I enjoyed your answers and getting to know you better. Very wild and interesting life you've led! I almost feel like I know a true celebrity! What blew me away though were some of the answers. Why? Well let's start with "My Mother The Car". I know you said it in jest, but believe it or not, that show came up in conversation at work today! We were talking about TV shows we watched as kids and when I mentioned that one the crickets could be heard in the OR...yep, nobody heard of it. Now that's so sad..hehehe! Plus a few other similarities...1) My Dad had a VW bug. However, I never drove it. Jack's Mom had one too..he did drive it! 2) My Father-in-law walked on coals a few times. He was a licensed Hypnotist and attended weird seminars that included the coal walking as well as past life study...anyway, I digress. Another topic of conversation was how weird and crazy the world is today. I don't get it..I'm so freaked out about what will happen to my Grandkiddos and the future. I should have seen it coming because I did grow up in the 60's..but even then it wasn't as nuts as now. Did you know that OB/GYN docs are now allowed to see male patients? That's how the crazy world topic started...but I digress again! So, this is getting very long..are you sure you still want me for this honor? Ha! One last thing and then I will shut-up...I was driving to work yesterday and almost ran off the road when the radio mentioned "Paul Revere and the Raiders" were coming to Mansfield, OH..(20 min. away). What made me swerve wasn't the group and how old they must be...or that I was totally a super fan 45yrs ago or so..but the fact that they want $65 for tickets! Seriously? Well, have a super cool weekend and I'm so proud of you for being vice free for all those years! That's awesome! Thanks again!

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    1. Hi, YaYa! Wow, my sweet friend! Do I mind your long comment? No way! Remember the old cigarette ad slogan, "It's not how long you make it - it's how you make it long." (Was that one before your time? Are the crickets chirping? :)

      Dear friend, I am blown away by your remarks, but you and I are about to have our first quarrel because I disagree when you claim that you're not worthy of this award. You certainly ARE worthy!

      What are the odds that we would both have the same old TV series, "My Mother The Car," on our minds the same day? That's amazing, isn't it? As you recall, the voice of the car was that of Ann Sothern whom I remember watching the previous decade as Susie McNamara in Private Secretary and Katy O'Connor in The Ann Sothern Show. (Giving me a blank stare, YaYa? Crickets chirping again? :) I read in the trivia that Jerry Van Dyke took the starring role in the short lived My Mother The Car after turning down the lead role in Gilligan's Island and an offer to join the cast of another hit series, The Andy Griffith Show. (Helpful hint - don't hire Jerry as your financial advisor. :)

      It's interesting that your Father-in-law walked on fire in seminars. Do you think there's a chance it was one of my seminars? Here's why I ask. Ever since I met you I've been waiting for the chance to tell you that the NLP seminar program I was involved with in the 80s was made up almost entirely of chiropractors! Doctors of Chiropractic and their families flew to Central Florida from all across the country and Canada to attend our week long seminars, the highlight of which was the metaphorical fire walk - "turning fear into power." We also took the show on the road and hosted seminars in Miami, Houston and other major cities. I remember groups of chiropractors coming from Quebec, Montreal, New York, Missouri, Texas and Califonia, but there were surely some from other states. Do you think Jack's father could have been a participant in any of those seminars? How about you and Jack? Eddy? :)

      I'm glad my concerns about the vast changes in our world resonated with you, dear friend. Let's make a vow to keep setting a good example for younger generations and educating them about "the way we were." Never underestimate the ripple effect of noble words and deeds.

      Thank you, dear friend YaYa, for being an outstanding blogger, a wonderful friend and a part of the global solution! Good night and have a safe and happy weekend!

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  11. 'Beetlejuice,' seriously I am still chuckling what an amazing life you've had. Thank you for sharing. I have been wishing had been born in the 20s, but going without power this week had made me a little more happy in my own time! Would have loved to see the 50s though. Is the 1963 because of JFK perhaps? Still makes me sad, and mad, and I wasn't even around then...Deb xx

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    1. Hi, Deb! I'm very happy to see you again, dear friend! I'm glad you got a chuckle from reading the highlights and lowlights of my so-called "amazing" life. :)

      Gosh, I didn't realize that cyclone knocked out your power this week. I hope it wasn't for long. I live in hurricane prone Central/West Coast Florida where we endure a long season of anxiety wondering if this will be the year the big one hits us. My town had no fewer than three hurricanes pass through or near it in a single summer, 2004.

      You are very perceptive, Deb. Yes indeed, it was the assassination of our great president John F. Kennedy that many historians believe marked the end of the Age of Innocence in America and the beginning of a decade that brought sweeping cultural change, cynicism, mistrust of government, a widening of the generation gap, war, violence, unrest, upheaval, revolution, rebellion and even more assassinations. The world we knew came to an end November 22, 1963, a date that will live in infamy just as the invasion of Pearl Harbor and the 9-11-2001 terror attacks.

      Thank you very much for stopping by to help me celebrate this award, one that you yourself set in motion by sharing it with Paula. I appreciate your friendship and support, Deb. Good night to you!

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  12. Congratulations on receiving another Liebster Blog Award! It was nice to read the 11 facts about yourself. It sounds like you have met so many different people and done so many things. And you are game walking across 20 feet of fire! Never could I do that! I always enjoy finding new blogs too. I can never see enough of them. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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    1. Hi, Lucy! Thanks so much for coming to my Liebster Fest! Yes, the Liebster is on the loose and making the rounds once again. I am still grateful to you for sharing this honor with me last summer.

      I do consider myself lucky that my career enabled me to meet meet and work with a good number of recording artists and other types of performers. I had loads of fun and cherish the memories knowing that some of the celebrities I rubbed elbows with have since died, including Senor Wences, Tiny Tim and Jewel ("The Birds and the Bees") Akens, who passed away less than a year ago.

      With regards to the firewalk, never say never, dear Lucy. The NLP seminars that I helped stage for 100 or more participants at a time were attended by children, homeless people and elderly folks in their 80s, all of which were able to turn fear into power and boldly march across the fire bed in their bare feet. "If you must, you can."

      Thanks again for being here for me, dear friend Lucy in the Sky. Good night to you and enjoy your Sunday!

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    2. You are very welcome Shady.
      It must be sad to see those faces pass away, but wonderful that you have had good memories with so many different and brilliant people.So nice that you cherish them.

      Goodness, elderly people and children walked across it too? Unbelieveable! Perhaps one day if I get the opportunity to do so I will remember your words and be brave enough to do it as well!

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    3. I would like nothing better than to be your inspiration and help you accomplish a breakthrough of that magnitude, dear Lucy. At first I was reluctant to try anything like that, but a friend gave me the nudge I needed to set aside my fears and go for it. The feeling of ecstasy that sweeps over you when you accomplish such a feat is indescribable.

      Thank you for the follow-up, dear friend, and enjoy your Sunday!

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  13. Congrats Shady,
    As a newcomer to your boss blog, I've become engrossed with many you and your fellow Dell Rats rock & roll stories. And speaking of great Pennslyvania DJ's, was there anybody better than Pittsburgh's boss Mad Mike Metrovich from WZUM? Not only one the great DJ's of obscure but should-have-been hit singles, but also a promoter of all great artists hailing from Pennsylvania. Mad Mike also MCeed some of the biggest teen dances at VFW and dance halls across the state and his cool radio show on WZUM ruled the roost. Shady, did you ever listen to Mad Mike or attend one of his legendary record spins? I'd love to hear some stories about him from you an your fellow Dell Rats if so. And by the way, Mad Mike fans can purchase a three-volume CD set containing tracks of his rarest 45's, along with some of Mad Mike's WZUM airchecks, from the fine folks over at Norton Records. Norton Records is one of the greatest independant record lables in the world whose catalog features rare, roots rock rockabilly, surf, girl groups, r&b, garage and psych band phenoms and more on their cool record label. Here is a link to Mad Mike's CDs on the Norton Label. http://nortonrecords.gostorego.com/cds/norton-cds/mad-mike-monsters-vol-1.html

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    1. Hi, Beatle Bob! It's great to have you here for my Liebster Fest 2014 awards banquet. I have to admit that I don't remember listening to Mad Mike's radio program back in the day or attending any of his record hops. Maybe one of the other rats can testify. I do know that one of the records on Volume 1 of Mad Mike's album series is "Everybody's Gotta Lose Someday" by the Del-Cords (original spelling). As you probably know, they were the York area group that later spawned The Magnificent Men, the band I singled out in this post as my all time favorite. "Everybody's Gotta Lose Someday" is ranked #2 on my list of the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell and "Peace of Mind" by the Mag Men is #3.

      The first time I remember hearing about Mad Mike was at a party I hosted at my off campus apartment at Penn State in the fall of 1968. One of the guys who attended my party was from the Pittsburgh area and all he could talk about all night long was "Mad Mike, Mad Mike Mad Mike." I told him about the similarities between Mad Mike and my Dell rats, the Rodentia Intelligentsia, who completely disregarded top 40 radio play lists and turned obscure, non-charting A & B sides into major Dell hits. I'll never forget that guy whipping party goers into a frenzy that night over the sound of Pittsburgh. A bunch of us guys wound up in a circle holding our mugs of beer, loudly singing along to "Five 'O Clock World" and doing a choreographed dance routine that rivaled the ones on the Drew Carey Show. :)

      Thanks for your visit and comments, Bob. Please come back soon for more fun here at the greatest lil station 'n the nation: SDMM!

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  14. Hi Shady. You had some great answers to the questions, congratulations on your award...you truly are worthy of it!
    Thank you so much for nominating me for another Liebster award. I'll try to work on the questions, I'll have to write them down, as I won't be able to remember them, lol! You've done some amazing things in your life, and, I for one, am glad you're here to talk about them.

    Again, thank you so much for the recognition, and, Oh, Karo doesn't know yet. He's so shy! But, what fun!

    I also want to express my thanks for all the 'pick-me-ups' that you have generated in my life, and the lives of all who follow you! ♫

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    1. Hello, Next Day Nellie! (LOL) Dear Suzanne, I am very thankful to have a friend like you who has a great sense of humor AND knows a thing or two about music.

      I admit that I'm lucky to still be around to talk about my adventures because some of them were truly a walk on the wild side. My rollover accident in the VW was one example. Another was shooting that commercial with 50 people vs. a charging monster truck which was a rather dangerous undertaking.

      I'm very happy to know that I add some joy and laughter to your life, Suzanne. You bring lots of joy to mine as well. I enjoy both of your blogs and I am pleased to pass the Liebster Award along to you and to Karo.

      Thank you very much for coming over to pick up your award, dear friend. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope to see you again soon!

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  15. Ohh. I thought you meant 'Lobster Fest'! I'm not much on seafood, but, Liebster...yes!

    Congratulations Shady on your award. I quit smoking 20 years ago, and, I'm grateful to be among the breathing, and, proud to know anyone who has been able to quit. But, I don't think I could ever walk on hot coals, haha!

    Thank you for including me in your award ceremony. Suzanne printed your questions off, maybe I can answer one or two of them eventually! lol! Have a great weekend...and, oh yes-love Wanda Jackson!

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    1. Hi, Karo! I'm happy to see you, good buddy. Looks like we have more in common than our love of good music. It's nice to know someone who can relate to smoking cessation, a decision I have never regretted and of which I am very proud.

      Walking on the bed of hot coals was as easy as walking across the driveway. In our seminars I watched children, homeless transients and even an old woman in her late 80s perform the feat. It's mind over matter and you feel ecstatic when you come out the other side of the fire pit.

      I thought you'd like that Wanda Jackson song in my recent post. I hope you also caught that Brenda Lee recording I presented in the post before this one.

      Thanks for your visit and comment, Karo, and enjoy your Liebster Award. It is well deserved, good buddy!

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  16. The facts about your life are incredible, I'm afraid by bees and any other insect and I scream like a fool anytime I see one, so I hope I'll never be in your place... Thank you so much for the award, you see I've been away from the blogsphere for a while ... there are many changes in my life in this period and there will be many more in the next 7 months, I bet you understand me :)) anyways I'm trying to organize my day to continue blogging every week. Have a nice week! Ciao!

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    1. Hi, dear Katia! Oh my goodness! Are you saying what I think you're saying? A little one? If I'm on the right track then congratulations to you and your lucky husband, my dear friend. I hope he or she inherits your beauty and your Rapunzel hair.

      Since I gave this same award to your new blog last summer, I decided to encourage you to reactivate your old blog Velvet and Old Laces. Both of your blogs are deserving of awards.

      Thank you very much for coming to see me today, dear friend Katia, and best wishes to you in the coming months of joy!

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  17. Congrats on the award Shady and thank you for my mention!

    I enjoyed reading the facts about you, my goodness you have had so many great experiences!

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    1. Hi, Sarah! Thank you so much for coming over to pick up your award and read my answers and facts. I admit that I've had some great experiences in my life. Surely one of them is having the pleasure of knowing you and gaining your friendship.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear Sarah. Good night to you and and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  18. The Zombies that ate Pittsburgh looks like a great zombie book, I'm sure my sis Liz would love it! You have led an interesting life, Tom. I had the same experience as you except it wasn't bees it was wasps. I stepped on a nest of them in the grass with bare feet. Unlike you, I cried my eyes out.

    Looks like you made a cool commercial. Your poor father's Beetle! I scratched my dad's yellow cadillac all down one side and put a cigarette hole in Liz's new

    Lots of fun reading your answers today. Love and hugs..

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    1. Love and hugs to you, dear Belle! I'm so excited to have you over on this special occasion and I thank you for coming.

      So Liz likes zombie, too? George Romero's trilogy remains my favorite of the genre. I'm sorry you had such a traumatic experience with wasps at a young age. I'm not as brave around stinging insects as I used to be and we tend to get hornets, wasps and biting stable flies down here starting in April. We all have memories of wild experiences in our youth that make us shudder. I'm glad we all survived to tell the tale.

      Thank you again for your loyal friendship and support, dear friend Belle, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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