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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!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

John Ettline - Every Dell Rat's Dad


It's Father's Day...


time to honor

JOHN ETTLINE,

"Every Dell Rat's Dad."

John didn't have kids of his own
but, as every Dell rat knows, he
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!

34 comments:

  1. Kathryn AndersonJune 18, 2017 at 2:55 AM

    I always enjoy watching that scene from Donna Reed-- an ideal choice for a Father's day post. It is nice of you to remember and pay tribute to John Ettline-- a man who was a father figure for so many young men and women over the years.

    Happy Father's day to dads everywhere!

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    1. Thanks, Kathryn!

      I see no good reason to change the video I run on Father's Day every year. The song says it all and the clip from The Donna Reed Show is classic. The emotion that sweeps over Jeff's dad's face is priceless and appears to be real, not acted.

      Paul Petersen (Jeff Stone) was in the news recently commenting about the death of Happy Days star Erin Moran and the efforts of the child actor support group Paul heads to reach out to the cancer stricken actress in her final years.

      Thank you again, Kathryn, and have a nice Sunday!

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  2. He might not have had his own kids but he was a father to those around him and that's just as honorable.

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    1. Nicely put, Alex!

      Thank you very much for coming today and for expressing yourself. Happy Father's Day to you, good buddy!

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  3. What a fabulous Father's Day post! That clip of Paul Petersen singing "My Dad" made me cry. A perfect song for today. Loved the emotion he displayed at the end of the song, and the look on Carl Betz' face too. Awesome clip.
    What a nice tribute to your very special John Ettline!
    Happy Father's Day Tom.

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for helping me salute John Ettline - Every Dell Rat's Dad - on Father's Day!

      'Tis the season for tears, to be sure, and I got teary eyed reading your post this morning along with your reply to my comment. However, when I visited the website of Southside Market & Barbecue: the Oldest Barbeque Joint in Texas and watched the video covering its history, I got a welcome chuckle. It was a great and very amusing presentation. I can't believe the owner lost the place and won it back in card games and that a fireworks display bottle rocket burned it to the ground in the 80s.

      I'm glad you enjoyed that clip from The Donna Reed Show. No matter how often I watch that scene it always makes me misty, and I agree that the look on actor Carl Betz' face is priceless and makes the moment totally real.

      Thank you very much for being such a dear friend, Michele!

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    2. Thanks for tipping me to the Southside Barbecue animated video history. I tried to view it the other day and my Flash was disabled and I didn't have time to mess with it but I went back this morning and took care of the Flash issue and watched it. OMG, hilarious! Very well done! I definitely loved seeing how many times the owner lost and won it back in card games... and then he finally quit playing cards! haha. Yeah, definitely a good way to kick off the day...and especially after having read political news.

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    3. Hi, Michele!

      I'm happy to learn that you were able to watch that Southside BBQ video. I assumed you already had. Yessum, it is very amusing - perfectly suited to the fun kind of place it is.

      Thanks for stopping in again, dear friend Michele. I hope your week is going splendidly and that your doggies are all in good health.

      God bless!

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  4. Glad to see you coming back to the blog world. The perfect way to grieve is to remember the people we love and what a better way than your experiences with the people who ran the Dell. This man was so very important and the clip from the show shows how much this man meant to you

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    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for joining me for this year's Father's Day observance honoring Dell owner John Ettline.

      I'm happy that you can sense how much John meant to me and other original Dell rats and that you appreciate this particular song and scene from Donna Reed, a tearjerker to be sure.

      Thank you again for joining me today, dear friend Birgit. Hey, if you haven't yet read Kathleen's reply to your comment on the previous post, please skip back a page and take a look at it. It's an amazing piece of writing. Have a great week, BB!

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  5. It's good to see you today, Shady! I've never seen the Paul Petersen video before, it is so moving. Here we are on another Father's Day, and I'm seeing so many greetings all over!

    Your tribute to John is so very heart warming, because it is true that you don't have to father children to be a father! He was a wonderful influence on a great many kids, you, most of all I believe. So, as evidence of the positive and lifelong impact the John had on your life, I quote from your sidebar, "Dell Rats had at least two things in common, a love of the music played on the Dell's jukebox and a genuine respect for John and Helen Ettline who graciously made their home our home."

    Glad to have you back, Shady. Have a wonderful week! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for swinging over from Texas to help me pay tribute to John Ettline on Father's Day.

      I'm delighted to know that Paul Petersen's hit song "My Dad" and the video of him performing it on his hit TV series The Donna Reed Show resonated with you. I can think of no better song for Father's Day.

      I'm very happy to know that my post warmed your heart. Your lovely comment warmed mine, dear friend Suzanne, and it is always a thrill and an honor when you quote my words from the sidebar. :) Again I thank you for coming by and I wish you and Mr. Scootie a safe and happy week ahead!

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  6. Beautiful tribute to a wonderful man and surrogate father to the Dell Rats.

    I hope you had a wonderful Father's Day, dear friend, and I hope you have a wonderful week ahead.

    Jessica

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you for joining me for my annual Father's Day tribute to John Ettline, The King of the Dell Rats and every Dell rat's dad. If you listened to the words of Paul P's hit song, they all apply to John. He was always there for you, strong, stable, a rock, someone to look up to and admire. I miss him!

      Thank you again for your visit and kind Father's Day wishes, dear friend JM. You have a wonderful week, too!

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    2. ::hug::

      I hope you are feeling somewhat better.

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  7. I love your Father's Day tribute to John and always look forward to the video clip. It brings tears to my eyes! You could almost believe they were related! Well, you and the other Dell Rats weren't related to John but loved him and I believe he loved all those youngsters that entered that establishment. He must have taken time and effort and left such an impression on you for you to honor him every year this way. Happy Father's Day to John and all Dads out there!

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    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you very much for coming over as I salute John again this year on Father's Day.

      Yessum, this is the umpteenth time you have watched the clip from The Donna Reed Show with Jeff Stone and his group performing "My Dad," but it is such an ideal song and scene for the occasion that I see no reason to change it. The emotion that sweeps over the dad's face as his son sings about him is real, I think, but it is nevertheless a great piece of acting by Carl Betz and a classic moment in family television history.

      Yessum, John Ettline loved young people. Even though John never had kids of his own, he guided and influenced us like a father.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind words, dear friend Yaya!

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  8. Tom,

    What an awesome tribute to a man who was like a dad to so many kids at the Dell! Your featured song touched my heart this morning. My daddy holds a special place in my heart, not because he did everything right but because he's human and we're all prong to mistakes along the way. I learned something very important over the years and that is you have to be a parent to truly understand a parent. Thanks for sharing. I hope you had a lovely Father's Day, as well. Blessings and hugs to you, my friend!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for popping in for my annual Father's Day post, a tribute to John Ettline with mewsical entertainment provided by Paul Petersen singing his tearjerker ballad "My Dad." Paul's single reached #6 on the chart but for some reason the record wasn't released around Father's Day. Instead it hit the street in November and charted during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday period.

      I hope your Father's Day was filled with happy childhood memories of your father. That's how my day was spent, too. I miss my dad and I miss John Ettline, a man who was like a father to generations of young men who made the Shady Dell their home away from home.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend Cathy. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    2. Tom,

      DH had a nice Father's Day. We spent it together. We managed to talk to our dads. I have a greater appreciation for my dad today than when I was a kid and I'm grateful to have my daddy still around to enjoy. It's good that you had not only your dad but another strong father figure in your life. Have a good day, my friend!

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    3. Thank you very much for your return visit and kind comment, dear friend Cathy! I am happy to learn that Rob had a nice Father's Day and that you appreciate your dad more than ever.

      Thanks again, dear friend!

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  9. First of all ... nice to have you back, friend Shady ... Second of all ... lucky you for having a dad like that ( blood related or soul related) ... Wishing you peace and happiness in time ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      As I make my return from a three week period of mourning following the death of Margaret Schneider it is reassuring to see your smiling face. :) Thank you for coming down for my annual Father's Day salute to John Ettline. I like the way you put that, dear friend - "soul related." John Ettline and the young people that loved him were indeed soul related. There was a bond, a rapport, and we all felt it.

      Thank you very much for your kind visit and wishes, dear friend cat. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  10. this is a great tribute post Tom, I'm sure he likes it too. Very sweet from you to think about a man that influenced you on Father's Day . Have a nice week!
    Ps did you know here in Italy we celebrate Father's Day on march 19th because it's Saint Joseph's Day :) ?

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    1. Hi, Katia!

      I am delighted to see you today, dear friend. Thank you very much for joining the rest of the Dell rats as we observe Father's Day by honoring Dell owner John Ettline. The playing of that classic scene from The Donna Reed Show with Paul Petersen singing "My Dad" has become a Father's Day tradition here on SDMM.

      I didn't know that Italy celebrates Father's Day on Saint Joseph's Day on the 19th of March. You got me curious about it and I did some reading and learned that the giving of food to the needy is a Saint Joseph's Day custom and that foods are traditionally served containing bread crumbs because they represent saw dust since Joseph was a carpenter. Thank you very much for your comment and for that interesting tidbit, dear friend Katia. Enjoy your evening and the rest of the week!

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  11. thanks for your comment Tom! I'm sure you can find some peruvian restaurants in your area where you and Mrs Shady can taste my recipe! go for ceviche also ;)
    on march 19th was also my grandfather's bday , and his name was Giuseppe (Joseph). I gave my son his name so that day is particularly important to my family for many reasons :)
    ciao!

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    1. Hi again, Katia!

      I will definitely mention your suggestion to Mrs. Shady and we will be on the lookout for Peruvian restaurants in our vicinity. We love different types of cuisine and are always willing to experiment. She is also quite experimental in the kitchen and loves to prepare recipes from around the world including the ones you post on your blog.

      Based on this new information, I can see that Giuseppe (Joseph) is indeed an important family name. I am very happy to have you back here contacting me in the blog world after all this time. A few days ago I came upon some of your comments on this blog from years ago. It is a great pleasure to have such a devoted friend. :)

      Thank you again, dear Katia!

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  12. Another fine tribute to someone important in your life. You were lucky to have a "father" like this.

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    1. Hi, Cheryl!

      Thank you very much for joining the rat pack as we pay tribute to our leader John Ettline on Father's Day.

      In this post you listened to the song "My Dad." The words of another old song and hit record from the same era, "Big John" also describe the kind of man John Ettline was.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Cheryl-Lee!

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  13. Father's are so important to a child they show us how a father should be and at times show us how not to act depending on whether they are a good dads or not

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    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      Welcome back to SDMM, my dear Australian friend! Thanks for dropping by and expressing yourself as I shine the spotlight on John Ettline - Every Dell Rat's Dad - in my annual Father's Day post.

      Maybe it is my imagination, but it seems like there were more and better adult role models for children when I was a kid. The list includes traditional heroes like pro athletes, recording stars and politicians. John Ettline was part of a vanishing breed of men - strong, honest, hard working, caring, understanding. The list of adjectives goes on and on, all of them describing the great man and role model he was.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Jo-Anne!

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  14. Kathleen Mae SchneiderJune 20, 2017 at 5:29 AM

    Here's a definition of 'father' that applies to John: "One who cares for another as a father might".

    His legacy to our world was multifaceted. John not only named and set up the Shady Dell, he (along with Helen) turned it into a place that left its mark on impressionable young people in unforgettably good ways.

    In my travels in York, I often encounter that legacy. It might be a clerk in the grocery store, a nurse in the walk-in clinic, or actual doctors who treated Mother. When the Dell comes up in conversation, they invariably get this unmistakable misty-eyed look, obviously coming from fond memories (or those of learning valuable life lessons), and say something like, "Oh yeah....the Dell! What a time we had back then! John was steady and always was there for us." For a few seconds these "older" folks become teenagers in their minds and hearts again - gray hair and paunches notwithstanding!

    It's wonderful that you honor him on Father's Day. He really did make a difference in many a youth's formative years and his positive influence has spread way beyond Starcross Road.

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    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      I am delighted that you chose to join us again this week as we pay tribute to John Ettline on Father's Day with the now traditional singing of the popular Paul Petersen song "My Dad (now here is a man)."

      Thank you for sharing details of your encounters with Dell alumni around the Susquehanna Valley. Over the years our mutual friend Toni told me about her own conversations with store clerks, business persons etc. around the community who turned out to be Dell rats of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and were eager to share a memory or two with her. It would be impossible for me to reminisce about Helen or John without becoming misty-eyed. They meant that much to me and to countless other 20th century teenagers. As Shady Del Knight teaches us, "More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." My goal is to "stay in state" - to stay in a Shady Dell state of mind - forever young, energetic and enthusiastic. The body tends to follow the script that the mind writes and I intend to stay in the game - as Greg Gulden likes to put it, "A Dell Rat All Ways."

      Thank you again for helping me remember and honor John Ettline during Father's Day week, dear friend Kathleen. Take good care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your week!

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