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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
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

John Ettline: Every Dell Rat's Dad


It's Father's Day...


time to honor

JOHN ETTLINE,

"Every Dell Rat's Dad."

John never had children of his own
but, as every Dell rat knows, John
would have made a great father.

John was like a dad to us all.
Please watch the following
video as Dell rats everywhere
remember a great man and
father figure, John Ettline.





HAPPY FATHER'S DAY, JOHN.


WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU!

40 comments:

  1. Love coming to visit your blog every time, Mr. Shady ... Happy Father's Day to you ...smiles ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you for staying up late or getting up extra early to join me here for my annual Father's Day tribute to John Ettline, "Every Dell Rat's Dad."

      I'm happy to know you love to visit SDMM, dear friend cat. I love having you here. Thank you again and have a wonderful week!

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  2. Kathryn AndersonJune 19, 2016 at 4:19 AM

    That Donna Reed video is touching-- and it works well in a Father's Day post. Happy Father's Day to John Ettline and to all dads!

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you for taking a peek at my Father's Day post for John. Yessum, Paul Petersen's hit record "My Dad," performed here in an October 1962 episode of his family sitcom The Donna Reed Show, seems ideal for use in this annual salute to John. I will probably keep using this clip every year for as long as SDMM exists.

      Thanks again, Kathryn, and have a great week ahead!

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  3. Love this beautiful tribute to Mr. Ettline. Happy Father's Day, dear friend!

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you very much for coming by to help me honor John Ettline, "King of the Dell Rats" and "Every Dell Rat's Dad." I hope you and your dad have a very enjoyable day together and that you have a terrific week ahead!

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  4. Happy Father's Day!
    One doesn't have to have kids to be a father. That just takes someone special who provides and cares.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy! You got that right. John Ettline is a shining example to prove your point. In addition, his wife Helen was like a mother to us all. I am proud to salute them every year on Mother's and Father's days.

      Thanks again for helping me pay tribute to John, good buddy Alex, and have a great week!

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  5. What a nice tribute to John Ettline. I loved the Donna Reed video: what a nice song for Father's Day! You were so lucky to have a man like John in your life. It's obvious he holds a special place in your heart...
    Happy Father's Day Shady! Hope you enjoy this special day...

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear friend! I am pleased to know you enjoyed Paul Petersen's song "My Dad" performed on The Donna Reed Show. The looks on his father's face say it all - an amazing performance by Carl Betz that was probably more genuine than acted.

      Yessum, Dell rats were very lucky to have been under the influence of John Ettline at our home away from home The Shady Dell.

      Thank you again for being here for this tribute, dear friend Michele, and happy Father's Day to you and your wonderful dad!

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  6. Some people are great fathers even though they never gave their DNA and this just shows how much he was a great father to you and others who knew him. You were lucky to have known him and he was lucky to have known you!

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming by.

      Nicely put, dear friend! John Ettline had the qualities - the strength, wisdom and temperament - of a great dad, and all the guys and girls who hung out at the Dell looked up to him. I do consider myself lucky to have known John and I miss him. The world could use more like him today.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend BB!

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  7. Hi Shady!
    I just knew you'd have something exceptional going on here! I plan to share this with my dad as I'm sure he'll be as moved as I.
    Judging by the influence he had on you, John was one terrific man. He'd be quite proud of you. I hope your day has been filled with the happiness due folks as good as you, my friend!

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you very much for spending some of your Sunday/Father's Day with me here in the Shady!

      That scene from The Donna Reed Show is a classic, isn't it? Watch second by second as the look on Carl Betz's face changes as he listens to Paul Petersen sing "My Dad." Look at the reverent expressions on the faces of Donna and Shelley as they listen to the song. They are all priceless performances. I am amazed and quite moved every time I watch that clip. You are lucky to have a dad to share this song with and I hope you will do so and let me know how he reacts to it.

      John Ettline was solid as a rock and built Ford tough, but he was also gentle and kind, intelligent and wise, the kind of man every guy wanted to grow up to be. Thank you John Ettline, for being such an excellent role model for generations of young men.

      Thank you, too, dear friend Diedre, for sharing your thoughts with me today. Have a wonderful week ahead!

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  8. Happy Father's Day to you and all the other SDM&M father followers! From what I understand, John was a role model and father figure to all Dell kids. "My dad" is a nice sentimental song for this occasion.

    Great tribute, Shady! Thank you for keeping John's memory alive.

    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thank you very much for visiting and commenting on my annual Father's Day post in honor of John Ettline.

      I get a strange feeling knowing that John was a like a father or even a grandfather to countless Dell rats, and today, in 2016, most of those rats are older than John was when they knew him! John is still a major influence in our lives all these years later because we remember his advice, wisdom and generosity.

      Thank you again for joining me for this year's Dad's Day salute to John Ettline, dear friend Toni. Have a safe and happy week ahead!

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  9. A lovely tribute to a wonderful man who was obviously like a father to you, as he was to the other Dell rats. How fortunate to have had that experience! Happy Father's Day, a little late. Cheers!

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    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you very much for being here to experience my annual Father's Day tribute to our leader John Ettline.

      I never met a boy or girl, man or woman, who didn't have nice things to say about John. Imagine being universally liked and respected. How often does that happen? The only people who thought they disliked John (and Helen) were people who never met them - parents, teachers and other authority figures in the community who chose to believe false rumors about the Dell.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend Debbie!

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  10. It's good that kids without father figures to look up to had guys like Mr. Ettline in their lives. I can't recall ever having somebody like that in my life, but then again I was fortunate to have a strong stable father in my household when I was growing up and who was a prevailing force in my life until he died when I was 39 years old. And even now my father's influence sticks with me.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thank you very much for coming, good buddy. While it is a shame you didn't have a John Ettline in your life, you were blessed with a great father. I'm sorry to learn that he died when you were only 39. I was only 45 when my mother died. I am happy to know you are still under the influence of your father.

      Thanks again for visiting, good buddy Lee, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  11. Happy father's day to all of the wonderful father's of the world. biological or otherwise, living or no longer with us. I consider myself very fortunate that I got to spend the day with my wonderful father! I hope you're well Tom, once again it's lovely to see you remembering your dear friend John!

    Emma x

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    1. Hi, dear Emma!

      I am very pleased to see you, dear friend. Thanks for coming by!

      You are indeed fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend the day with your father. Every year when I pay tribute to John Ettline on Father's Day I remember my own dad and how great he was. Dad and I went for countless hikes in the woods, went on camping trips with and w/o the scouts, and he always made time to play games and sports with me. I miss him!

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Emma. Have a wonderful week in Ireland!

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  12. I know many teens benefited from knowing John. Especially the boys. I wish my grandsons had known him since they didn't see their father and their step-father was not interested in them.

    A father-figure is so important to boys. They need someone to emulate and I'm sure John made a deep impression on you that helped you throughout your life.

    I'm also sure Helen would have been a good influence on me. She may have helped me with my teenage troubles. What a blessing this couple was!

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    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      Thank you very much for coming down again this year for my Father's Day salute to John. By now, following me as long as you have, you know John and Helen almost as well as do the original Dell rats.

      How kind of you to mention your grandsons and the strong probability that a relationship with John would have been of benefit to them. I know that Helen would have taken you under her wing and helped you through any and all problems you were experiencing as a teenager. I know that I am very lucky to have crossed paths with John and Helen at their Starcross Road home, a place called The Shady Dell.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comments, dear friend Belle. I hope you, your mother and the rest of your family are doing well and I wish you a wonderful week ahead!

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  13. I dread the day I no longer have my awesome father

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    1. Hi, dear Jo-Anne!

      Thank you very much for coming from faraway Australia to pay your respects to John Ettline this Father's Day week. I lost my dad almost 15 years ago and miss him every day. I hope your father will be by your side for many years to come.

      Thank you again for dropping in and enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Jo-Anne!

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  14. Beautiful tribute. Happy father's day to all the important men in your life especially to your dad.

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    1. Hi, dear Lux!

      Thank you for coming to this year's Father's Day celebration for John Ettline, "Every Dell Rat's Dad." John was like a father to generations of young people, a symbol of strength, wisdom and generosity.

      Thank you again for your comment, Luxie, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  15. Sweet sweet beautiful tribute!! It was a little tough to get through but then it doesn't take much to make me cry. I just cant believe I didn't have my precious Daddy this weekend to celebrate with.
    I hope that your Fathers Day was rewarding and filled with love.
    Still so great to see what a blessing the Ettlines were to you and so many.

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    1. Hi, dear Holli!

      Thank you very much for coming by to help me remember John Ettline this Father's Day week. That scene from Donna Reed is indeed a tear-jerker. I use that clip in a post every year at this time and never get tired of watching it.

      It makes me sad knowing that you observed this Father's Day without your dad, Holli. I lost my dad 15 years ago - on Christmas Day of all days - and therefore Father's Day and Christmas are difficult days for me.

      Thank you again for your visit and sweet comments, dear friend Holli!

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  16. Kathleen Mae SchneiderJune 21, 2016 at 7:23 PM

    As always, this post speaks eloquently of the respect and love that memories of John engender these many years after the heyday of the Dell.

    My thoughts on this year's Father's Day were bittersweet as I remembered the importance of not only my own father (who passed away when I was 33), but so many other dads who made this world better for having been here.

    On Memorial Day last month I also placed flowers on my grandfather's grave on a quiet hill in Manchester, PA. Although I never met him, as I touched his name etched on his tombstone I felt so grateful for his life. Certainly there would be no Shady Dell without his ambition and dreams all those years ago.

    One final thought: Shouldn't we remember and honor the fathers in our lives EVERY day by the way we live?

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    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      Thank you very much for coming to share your thoughts as once again I pay tribute to John Ettline on Father's Day.

      I am very sorry you lost your father when you were in your early 30s. As I mentioned in another reply, I lost my mother when I was age 45.

      Thank you for sharing the fact that you visited your grandfather George's grave last month. Think of all he set in motion when he chose the property at Shady Dell for his family estate.

      I agree that the way we conduct ourselves, the way we live our daily lives, can be a way to honor the memory of our fathers.

      Thank you again for setting aside time for a visit on this special occasion, dear friend Kathleen. Please say hello to Mother for me and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  17. As always you have left a sweet and touching tribute to Mr. Ettline. It does take a village to raise a child and John and his dear wife certainly helped raise many from your childhood. They probably never knew how much they were loved and also that after so many years their lives would be given tribute in many of your blog posts. The posts give us who never met them the opportunity to know how special they were. You don't have to birth a child to be an important person in lives of children. Many who have birthed kids are not stellar parents! I'm sorry I'm so late commenting. I've been burning the candle at both ends these past weeks getting the Pines ready for Summer's graduation party on Sunday. These late nights are going to have to stop soon! I hope you had a good weekend and a Father's Day. I know how hard it is to celebrate that day without a Dad still with us. I'll just send a cyber hug to you and hope you have a good week!

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    1. My two Kathleens left comments back to back. What are the odds? :)

      Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you very much for dropping by again this year to help me observe Father's Day with a tribute to John Ettline, "King of the Dell Rats" and "Every Dell Rat's Dad."

      As I explained in my cover story in the right margin, John and Helen had a knack for making their young patrons feel important and special. The Ettlines went out of their way to make all of their kids feel like somebody - even those whose biological parents were telling them they were nobody. John and Helen were excellent role models for the thousands of young men and women who hung out regularly at the Dell over the decades.

      If I was organizing that grad party for your granddaughter, I would give the function a name that just occurred to me. I would hang a big banner that read "Summer's just getting started."

      I wish your dad was still with you, dear YaYa, and I wish I still had mine. Cyber hugs to you as well, my special friend. Thank you again for making time for a visit and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. You're welcome, dear YaYa!

      I'm keeping my fingers crossed for good weather up your way.

      God bless!

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  18. That was a beautiful tribute. I'm sure he meant a lot to a lot of people!

    Happy Belated Father's Day. I've been ridiculously busy and haven't been able to stop by and visit everyone. Hope you had a great day, and I hope you have a terrific week!

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    1. Hi, dear Sherry!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend. I could tell that you have been very busy on your side of the screen and I'm glad you didn't miss my annual Dad's Day salute to John Ettline.

      I hope your husband had a great Father's Day. Thanks again for being here, dear friend Sherry, and enjoy the rest of your week. New post is coming tomorrow!

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  19. Wonderful post. What more can be said. ;)

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    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Thank you very much for expressing that, good buddy. It's great to have you here for my annual Father's Day tribute to John. Thanks again, Jeffrey!

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