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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, March 12, 2015

Happy Birthday, John!


 John Ettline was born 

 109 years ago today on 

 the 12th of March, 1906. 
 John was a wise man and he shared 

 his wisdom with all of us. I thought 


 it fitting for us to watch a video 


 that offers the kind of advice 


 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! 


32 comments:

  1. My favorite: "Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements" and "don't congratulate yourself too much."

    This is a whole lot of wisdom in five minutes; it was clever how he sandwiched all that between sunscreen warnings. I loved it.

    Happy birthday, John! I hope angels are singing to you right now, and Helen is presenting a cake.

    [Now, for you, Shady...pack carefully and mark the boxes for the appropriate room. Leave out clean underwear - wear underwear, southern Florida is no wilder than the place you're leaving. No matter how well the condo was cleaning, clean it again. People walked around naked in that place, I'm almost sure. Do whatever Mrs. Shady says - women are better at pulling the house together. Limit yourself to one heavy metal poster per room. The limit is raised on four-part harmony groups, but you can't do both...everyone knows that would clash. Don't swim in the canals. Take a multivitamin...or two. And he's right - wear the sunscreen, you don't want to freckle.]

    Have a good day, dearest Shady!

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    1. Hi, Cherdo! Thank you very much for attending John Ettline's 109th birthday celebration. I had to check and double check my math to believe that John, a man who was younger than I am now when I went to the Dell, would be 109 years old now.

      This is a hilarious comment, dear friend! I fully intend to so what Mrs. Shady says - or ELSE!!! Yessum, I promise to limit myself to one heavy metal poster per room. Surely (Shirley?), Mrs. S. will adore the jumbo size image of Dee Snider and his band Twisted Sister that I plan to tack up on the ceiling directly above our bed!

      Thank you again for a most amusing series of comments here, dear friend Cherdo. I'm gonna miss you. Enjoy the rest of your Thursday and I'll see you tomorrow!

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  2. Awww, Happy Birthday , John! Hard to believe the father figure to young dell rats would have been 109!
    Nice tribute to a wonderful man, Shady!
    Everybody should listen to Baz Luhrmann --it truly is the best advice I've ever heard as well as the message of Les Cranes's Desiderata !
    "Thanks for the memories", dear Shady!
    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni! Thank you very much for coming over to say "happy birthday" to the King of the Dell Rats, John Ettline. Can you believe John would be 109 today? It just doesn't seem possible and makes me feel kinda old.

      You have been with me now for SEVEN of these cycles in which I observe the birth and death dates of the Ettlines. I see no reason to change the videos on this particular post because the advice contained in the Baz Luhrmann piece and in "Desiderata" as recited by Les Crane (a top 10 hit single in 1971) seem perfect for the occasion.

      Thank you very much for being here for John and for me, dear friend Toni. Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!

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  3. Happy birthday, John!

    Dear Shady,

    That first video has some great wisdom packed into it, all between the sunscreen, and I think many young people (and the older, why not?) should see this video. Great post, as always, thank you so much for sharing, dear Shady.

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    1. Hi, dear Linda! Thank you so very much for the kind words and for dropping by today to remember Dell owner John Ettline on the 109th anniversary of his birth. You are right. People of all ages can benefit from the advice and life lessons outlined in that Baz L. video. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend Linda, and enjoy the rest of your day!

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  4. Happy birthday, John!

    Ron Shearer

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    1. Thanks, Ron! I'm glad you could be here again this year to help celebrate the birthday of the leader of the rat pack, John Ettline! Take care, good buddy!

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  5. I've never heard of anyone like him before.

    Happy Birthday, John!

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    1. I doubt there ever was anyone quite like John Ettline before or since, dear friend Susie. Thank you very much for coming by and spreading cheer on John's birthday!

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  6. Happy Birthday to the friend i never met, John Ettline. i can't help but think he'd be one of those people i'd just love to sit down and listen to. like in the video, i could almost imagine the man from the pictures speaking to me in person. not to mention that i really needed to hear those things today. those common sense pick-me-ups and advice. so so good for me right now, Shady, i can't thank you enough.
    Blessings!
    Love, A&D

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    1. Hi, dear Abigail and Daisy! I've been thinking about you, my dear friends. Thank you very much for coming by to honor John Ettline on his birthday. John was in his 40s, 50s and 60s during the Shady Dell's golden years and this 109th anniversary of his birth reminds us how quickly time passes and how important it is to preserve cherished memories.

      I am confident that you would have enjoyed John's "fireside chats." All of the Dellettes loved John and regarded him as trusted father or grandfather figure. John gave the kind of solid, no-nonsense advice found in this classic Baz Luhrmann "Sunscreen" production and in the Desiderata.

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend Abigail. I need you to know that, beginning Monday, I need to take a 2+ week break from blogging because I am moving to a new residence in another city. I hope to be up and running and back to blogging by the first week of April. If I don't connect with you before I leave, please take good care of yourself and please remember how much I care about you and Daisy. God bless!

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  7. I've seen both these videos before and, as I have each time I've watched them, picked up something new that I missed before and gotten teary eyed! I'm sure the advice would make Mr. Ettline smile a 109yr old smile and say that everything in these short bits of wisdom and music are the truths of the ages. What a great tribute to him this year...I loved it! Take care and have a wonderful week. It's a beautiful, sunny 47de outside and, as soon as I put on my sunscreen, I'm heading out for a walk!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Thank you very much for showing up for Mr. John Ettline on this the 109th anniversary of his birth. John was a wise man and I know that he would appreciate and agree with the wisdom imparted in both of these videos. I'm happy to know that these principles resonate with you also.

      47 degrees? That's like a tropical heat wave in your part of the country! Did you and the grandkiddos get in the pool today? :) I hope spring eases its way into Ohio now w/o too many more jolting arctic blasts and snowy surprises.

      Thanks a million for being a great friend to me and to John, dear friend YaYa. Please note that I need to suspend blogging this coming Monday so that I can move to a new residence in another city. I hope to be back here publishing my blog and visiting yours by early April. I will miss you, dear friend. Please take care of yourself, Eddy and the lonesome Sasquatch. God bless!

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  8. Hey Shady,

    Happy Birthday John! I love hearing about quiet achievers and it's great you're stoking the memories here. Have a hassle-free move - sounds exciting and keep safe cheers Allie-Millie

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    1. Hello again, dear Allie-Millie! Thank you for the kind words, my good friend. I also thank you for being here on this special today as I mark John Ettline's 109th birthday. John was a quiet achiever, always helping others, counseling, mentoring, solving problems, sponsoring local sports teams, offering shelter and protection to battered women and mediating disputes among young Dell patrons.

      Thank you again, dear friend Allie-Millie. Take good care of yourself until we connect again. Cheers!

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  9. I think I've found a new salutation: Dear Dull and Ignorant. Happy Birthday, John, and thank you, Baz. I am bitter and vain because I compare myself to Cherdo, that Queen of Awesomeness, which bests being the Queen of Grammar.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Nonsense, dear friend Janie! I looked it up in my Funk and Wagnalls and Queen of Grammar and Queen of Awesomeness are exact equals in the blog royalty hierarchy. As for me, the lowly clown prince of blogging, I am at or near the bottom of the totem pole, my crass humor appealing only to the dull and ignorant.

      Thank you, dear sweet Janie, for helping me remember John on his birthday again this year. As you have gathered by now, I will be taking a two week break from blogging beginning Monday. I assure you there will be tears on my pillow every night until I am reunited with you and my other blog friends. Please take good care of yourself and Franklin in my absence. Hopefully I will be back online and able to resume blogging the first week of April. Bless you, dear JJ!

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  10. Katheen Mae SchneiderMarch 13, 2015 at 5:25 AM

    My father was born in 1905 and Mother in 1912, and I didn't fully realize how close in age John was to both of them.

    Since I've been collecting family narratives for writing both their eventual histories and have been delving into genealogy on both sides of my family, I'm curious about John's background and his life apart from the Dell.

    What kind of child was he? What were his parents like? What was his educational level? How did he meet and fall in love with Helen? Just what events and personality traits made him who he was? These questions and more come up whenever I've encountered him here.

    I never met him and benefitted from his kindness and wisdom, but since he lived in my ancestral home and was key in its preservation, I almost feel like he's a member of my extended family.

    Birthdays, especially posthumous ones, are special times to commemorate the gifts wonderful people like John brought to our world. I'm so glad you choose your blog to do that for him every year. Your selections are appropriate and touching, and good reminders of the important things in life.

    Though my questions about John's life might go unanswered, perhaps it is enough to know that whatever his background or upbringing, it was part and parcel of his eventual influence on you and his other Dell "children". That is no doubt key to why you honor him so faithfully every year on his birthday.

    Wouldn't it be wonderful for if, like him, we all could continue the good things we learn in life and leave those kinds of memories and influences behind in others' hearts when we are gone?

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    1. Hello, dear Kathleen! Thank you for this wonderful series of remarks and interesting questions about John Ettline. In the months leading up to my first post in the summer of 2008, I exchanged numerous emails with members of John's extended family but was unable to gather as many facts about the man as I had hoped. I would love to have the answers to all of the questions you raised. Maybe in your spare time... :)

      Based on my interviews with Ettline family members, I do know that John was the oldest of eight children, four boys and four girls, that he was a graduate of York High School, that he was very athletic (played football and baseball) and that he attended a junior college until his father pulled him out to help work on the family farm in Foustown, north of York. I was told that John met Helen in Texas before he joined the Army and served in WWII.

      Thank you very much for your generous comments today, dear friend Kathleen. I am giddy with anticipation was I await another special birthday coming up a few weeks from now.

      Be advised that my blogging hiatus begins this coming Monday and I hope to be back in action and reporting in from my new home by the first week of April. Until we meet again, please take very good care of yourself and Mother and say hello to her for me.

      God bless!

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  11. Lots of good wisdom there. Enjoyed both of these.
    My dad is 94 and his mother lived to be 104. You made me wonder and think about how much longer we will have with my dad. Funny how the older one gets the more perspective changes. Things you thought were so important 50-60 years ago...just aren't--LOL!

    Happy birthday to your dear friend. :)

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    1. Hi, dear Rita and Karma! It's so true what you wrote about how aging changes one's perspective on life. Things that seemed important decades ago now seem trivial. All I know is that I have a deep and genuine admiration for members of older generations. They have a wealth of memories and information to share with us if we only take time to ask and listen to them. I wish now I would have sat down with John Ettline and elicited his personal history so that I could write more about it on the blog.

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend Rita. Please take care of yourself, Kitty Kat Karma and Ian and I will see you the first week of April when I return from my blog break. God bless!

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    1. Thank you very much, dear Jo-Anne! You and other new followers have now met both John and Helen. Stay tuned to learn more about them in future posts.

      Dear friend, beginning immediately I need to take a break from blogging. I should be back early next month. Please take good care of yourself and I'll see you then, Jo-Anne!

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  13. What an intresting post and blog also. I never heard of Shady Dell, but it must have been just the place to be. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such a kind comment about my situation.

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    1. You are very welcome, dear Inger. Effective immediately I am taking a two week blog break, but promise to keep you and your husband in my prayers. I hope you will visit my blog again. I would love to become friends with you and have you as a new follower. Bless you, dear Inger!

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  14. I also shared this graduation message on my blogs years ago. I love how simple, practical and wise it is. :)

    Happy birthday to John. :)

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    1. Hi, dear Lux! Thank you very much for showing up for Mr. John Ettline, the King of all Dell Rats and an inspiration and mentor from my teenage years. The "Sunscreen" and "Desiderata" pieces can be used on any number of occasions by people of all ages. I am very happy to know that they mean something special to you.

      Please note, dear friend Lux, that I need to take a two week break from blogging now. Take good care of yourself and I will be over to visit you when I return the first week of April.

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  15. Happy Birthday Celebration to John.

    I wish I had had a wonderful father figure like John. I was moved again by the two videos. If he gave out advice like that to me I might have had better teen years! I hope your move goes smoothly and you fall in love with your new city like I fell in love with Vancouver when I moved there. It surprised me, and it was a great surprise.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle! You got here just in time before I leave town. I am very happy to see you, dear friend. You have been here at SDMM year after year as I observe the birth and death dates of the Ettlines, and by you are familiar with these two videos. Even so, I'm sure you find, as I do, that you can learn a new and valuable life lesson every time you listen to those wise words, the kind that John Ettline often uttered his teenage patrons. I wasn't very serious minded back then, and yet I know that John's words got through to me and helped to shape my destiny.

      Thank you again for being here again this year to help celebrate John's birthday. I'm off to my new dwelling now and hope to return to blogging the first week of April. Please stay tuned for another important birthday coming next month - that of Margaret Elizabeth Brown Schneider - The Oldest Living Dell Rat! God bless you, dear friend Belle!

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