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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, 2016

Happy Birthday, John!


John Ettline was born

110 years ago today on

the 12th of March, 1906.

John was a wise man. He shared

his wisdom with all of the Dell rats.

The following video offers the kind

of common sense advice that

John would have given us.




Now please listen to this timeless message

of hope as we remember our leader,

Mr. John Ettline.






HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN.


WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU!


30 comments:

  1. A wonderful remembrance to a memorable person.
    Happy weekend, Shady.

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    1. Thank you, dear Sandra, for helping me pay tribute to John Ettline today. A number like "110 years" is hard to fathom, but it serves as a reminder that we are all getting older.

      You have been missed by many people this week and it's great to have you back on the blogs. Enjoy your weekend, dear friend!

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  2. Two well-picked songs to honor him. So he was ten years older than my Dad... Wow, Dad's 100th in October...

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    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thank you very much for coming by to wish John a happy birthday. My dad was also born in October. In case you never saw the post, I observed my dad's 100th birthday in 2013:

      http://shadydell.blogspot.com/2013/10/my-dad-born-100-years-ago-today.html

      I also have a 100th b-day post for my mom coming up two years from now.

      Have a great weekend, good buddy!

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  3. Happy birthday to Mr. John Ettline--a true leader and an inspiration to generations of young people. Thank you, Shady, for remembering the king of the rats on the anniversary of his birth--110 years ago today. -- Kathryn Anderson

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you for joining the rest of the rats in celebrating John Ettline's 110th birthday. I can't help wondering what John would think of the dramatic changes that have taken place in our world in the 23 years since his death. Would John still be reading his daily newspaper or would he be internet savvy?

      Thank you again for offering kind words about John, dear Kathryn! I hope to see you back here Monday when I publish my next post (another special birthday salute).

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  4. Happy Birthday, Dear John--dad to so many dell rats. He would have been so humbled and proud to see this blog you created, Tom!
    Please everybody take the time to listen to Baz Luhrmanns advice! It's well worth the 5 mins!

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    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thank you for coming over again this year to remember John on his birthday. I'm sure you have watched that Baz L. video a thousand times by now, along with "Desiderata," but they still seem perfect for this post saluting John, and that's why this post remains unchanged year after year.

      Thank you again for your visit and very kind comments, dear friend Toni. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  5. He touched a lot of lives.
    It's awesome you continue to honor these people. It's the age-old question of - will I be remembered? Did I make a difference?

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming to John's birthday party, good buddy!

      Yessir, I will continue to honor John and Helen Ettline on their birthdays, death dates, Mother's Day and Father's Day for as long as I keep SDMM going. Will John and Helen be remembered? The answer is a resounding "yes."

      Thanks again for being here on this special occasion, good buddy Alex, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  6. Happy Birthday, Mr. Ettline! What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man.

    Have a great weekend, Shady!

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    1. Hi, dear Jessica!

      How nice of you to stop by with birthday wishes for John. Thank you!

      It's hard for original Dell rats to wrap our heads around the fact that John would be 110 today, but that tells you two things:

      1) Dell rats are getting old
      2) John will always be remembered, and fondly.

      Thank you again, dear friend JM, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  7. These are two great videos. I believe the first one was redone but the message is the same. Maybe I am wronG and it is the same one. Anyway both are great and what a nice tribute to John. I had read that your dad was born in 1913 which is the same year as my dad. He was 51 when I was born and passed away in 1988 at 75 years old. We always celebrated his birthday on March 14th but we got his birth certificate which says Feb. 15th. We believe he used his baptism as his birthday.

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for dropping in for this tribute to John Ettline. For several years now I have been using these two videos, Baz Luhrmann's "Everybody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen)" and this particular edit of Les Crane's "Desiderata." They seem ideal for conveying the kind of man that John was.

      Yessum, my dad was born in October 1913, a few months after your father, and unfortunately died on Christmas day 2001. It seems like you and Chris Martin and I had fathers that were significantly older than the dads of most of our peers. I give my dad a ton of credit for playing sports with me even though he was in his 50s and was probably pooped much of the time.

      Thank you very much for the kind visit and wonderful comment, dear friend Birgit. I have another post coming up on Monday and I hope to see you back here then. Meanwhile, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  8. Happy Birthday to John. These songs are so moving, it is wonderful they remind you of John.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      How are you this evening, dear friend? I appreciate you making time to help me observe John Ettline's birthday just as you have for the last several years.

      It's true. These two videos are moving. They contain words of wisdom and inspiration, and that's why I felt they work well in a post about John Ettline, a wise man and an excellent role model for generations of teenagers.

      Thank you again for helping me salute John on what would have been his 110th birthday, dear friend Belle. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  9. "My Man Johnnie" was a wonderful man.
    My dad was a drinker and on many occasions I sat with John to talk about life in General, often about my dad. You could talk music with John. Hey Dave what's the latest songs the kids are liking? On many occasions I spent my whole night at the Dell, shootin' the shit with John. He allowed the Del-Chords to rehearse at the Dell. Happy Birthday John Boy. You were always THE MAN!

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    1. Hi, Dave!

      Hey, thanks a lot for joining the celebration as Dell rats young and old observe the mind boggling 110th anniversary of John Ettline's birth. How can that be possible, Davey? Just think. When you and I hung out at the Dell, John and Helen were much younger than we are now! Yikes!

      You're right. John Ettline loved good conversation. Every evening up in the snack bar John spent hours engaged with Dell patrons in discussions about every topic under the sun - politics, sports, music and reminiscences of the past. Helen typically listened to those conversations intently, smiling all the while with eyes twinkling. I remember seeing you and Buddy at the Dell a couple of times but I was afraid to approach you guys because I was shy and starstruck.

      ("I'm not worthy!" :)

      Thanks for adding that piece of trivia about the Chords rehearsing at the Dell. That's a fact I was never able to substantiate until now.

      Thanks again for being here today, Dave. It's such a great honor to have a V.I.P. like you following the blog and sharing your stories. I hope to see you back here again soon.

      Take care, good buddy!

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  10. Dear Shady, you couldn't know but I gave you a standing O. What an outstanding post! Both videos were incredibly stirring and poignant memories of my great-grandma unfurled the way flowers do, after a rain. Mamo would be 118 this year, but would still dispense many of those same timeless tips, I'm sure.
    Kudos on those awards you've received - you deserve so many more ;-)
    Thanks for sharing this lovely tribute and for making me ever glad -beyond measure, to be your friend!

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    1. Hi and hello, dear friend Diedre!

      Thank you ever so much for dropping by on your weekend to help me pay tribute to John Ettline on his birth date.

      As you know by now, I love it when friends share their own stories when they comment. I am grateful that you told us about your great-grandma Mamo. You are fortunate to have memories of her. I never knew any of my great grandparents. In fact, my paternal grandparents both died before I was born.

      Diedre, thank you very much your kind and generous remarks. Coming from a writer of your stature, they mean an awful lot. I am equally glad to be your friend, Diedre! :)

      Thank you once again for being here today and have a wonderful week!

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  11. What a great Tips video! Sage advice there for sure! I've always loved Desiderata, ever since I saw a poster back in my teens. Although I think this video had some advice that was not on the poster from my youth. In either case, Wise words.
    Great way to honor Mr. John!
    Hope you're having a good Sunday. I'm taking a break from doing my taxes. Ugh...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, dear Michele!

      Thank you very much for stopping in, my sweet friend! Spending some time in the Shady beats doing your taxes, doesn't it? :) Some people even prefer SDMM to a dental exam. :)

      Yessum, both of these vids are loaded with wisdom and good advice. I have loved "Desiderata" ever since San Francisco TV host Les Crane turned it into a top 10 hit single in the weeks leading up to Christmas 1971. Les died in the summer of 2008 one week before I started publishing Shady Dell Music & Memories.

      I want to take this opportunity to thank you once again for sharing the MWA with me. Michele, and I wish you and your folks a healthy and happy week ahead!

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  12. Happy Birthday Mr. Ettline. I wonder if the world is much different than the day you were born. Sure, perhaps in technology and those soaring prices, but in many ways it's the same. People and troubles and also the good seem to stay constant through the ages. The videos are so inspiring and so true. I have Desiderata on my bulletin board in my computer room. It's a copy that was on the funeral program of one of our Doctors who passed away years ago. I've always loved it. Thanks for sharing your love of John Ettline and those wonderful videos as tribute to his wisdom.

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you for being on hand again this year as I remember John on his birthday.

      I appreciate your musings about the similarities between life then and now. The trappings and conveniences of modern society might be different than they were in 1906, but, in many ways, people have stayed the same through the ages, haven't they? We all have our trials and tribulations and we all need friendship and love.

      The Desiderata always inspires me and the wisdom dispensed by Baz L. in "Wear Sunscreen" is valuable for people of all ages and backgrounds. That's why I selected them for John's b-day post.

      Thank you once again for taking part in John's birthday celebration again this year, dear friend YaYa. Have a terrific week!

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  13. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JOHN!
    I must once again drop the fact of how lovely it is that you remember these lovely people like this!
    In fact, I remember the sunscreen video from prior birthdays and was pleased to get the opportunity to watch it again!
    Have a good new week!
    -Abigail and Daisy

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    1. Hi, dear Abigail and Daisy!

      Thank you very much for coming by on your weekend to help me observe John's birthday.

      Yessum, you have been with me quite a long time now and I know you remember these two vids from previous years. It's a good idea for all of us to review the life lessons found in "Sunscreen" and "Desiderata" at least once a year.

      Thank you again for being here for me tonight, dear friend Abigail. I have a new post coming in the morning and I hope you enjoy it. Have a terrific week!

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  14. Nice tribute. I really like the videos. A lot is advice I've followed in my life, but it would have been nice to have had these videos when I was a kid and to have watched them every year on my birthday. Still I did okay for the most part without them. I guess I was getting this advice from somewhere.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Lee!

      I'm glad I found your comment, good buddy. You're right, it would have been helpful to have access to inspiring videos like "Sunscreen" and "Desiderata" when we were growing up. I often wonder how different things would be now if today's modern technology had already existed in the 50s and 60s. We could spend all day speculating.

      Thanks again for your comment, good buddy Lee!

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  15. Wonderful tribute, to a man who touched your life and many others

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    1. Hi, Mike!

      I'm glad you got the chance to see my annual tribute to John Ettline on his birthday.

      Thanks for coming, good buddy!

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