High School Yearbook Photo

"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

Monday, April 18, 2011

Shady Side of the Street: Pay Dirt!

Dig this!

According to a family spokesperson, 

Shady Dell owner John Ettline

did not  particularly like banks.

Acting on his inherent mistrust of financial institutions, John reportedly filled empty paint cans with quarters and buried them somewhere on the Dell property! Safer than playing the stock market, right John?

This startling revelation raises the obvious questions.

How many cans
were there?

How many coins?

Where did John bury the loot?

Was it all hidden in one spot?

Or was it planted at various locations around the Dell grounds?

Did John or anybody else ever get around to digging up
the coin filled cans?

Anybody think to check the mattresses?

Has anyone

located the




or is it still

up for grabs?

Just out of curiosity, was there ever any mention of gold doubloons and pieces of eight, a king's ransom, a fortune
in diamonds or anything of that sort?

No? Just thought I'd ask. (Dang!)

Uh, pardon me, kind sir.
Did I hear you say something about............. treasure?

It's under duh big W!

Dat's where you'll find it!

Dere's dis great big W, ya see?

and duh dough's buried right

underneat it!

It's under duh big W I tell ya!

Have a Shady day!


  1. That was a cute one Shady with some characters from my past that conjure up memories. Oh how I used to hate that Dr. on Lost in Space. He really was a great actor. There's no telling how much loot is buried throughout this land by others that didn't trust banks. Have a wonderful week my friend.

  2. Odie - You, too! I am glad you dodged those weekend twisters that raked the Carolinas. Dr. Zachary Smith was one of those characters that we loved to hate and he made Lost in Space must see TV for me. Thanks for stopping by, good buddy!

  3. Great pictures of the old Dell!!!


  4. Jerre - You are correct, sir! Some of those photos were taken in 2008 and earlier and much has changed since then. That old outdoor fireplace is long gone as are the benches and many of the trees. Time marches on, my friend. Thanks for your comment, Jerre, and have a great week!

  5. It was good to see the photos of The Dell as it was. I used to love Lost in Space. I hope all is well with you dear friend, with no more tornados lurking around! We are being blessed with wonderful weather here in Devon at the moment, so Alfred is having lots of fresh air and exercise!!

  6. Thisisme - Hello stranger! (LOL) I missed you, dear friend and I'm glad you found time for a visit. I've been following Alfred's adventures on your blog as well as your daughter's. I'm happy to know that the weather has been holding up and that the family's stay has been extended. It's soon time for wedding bells, too! Have a wonderful evening and please hug Alfred and Ruby Violet for me!

  7. I say we head over there with a pair of metal detectors and go to town! I actually have jars of coins (well three to be exact) that I stash away for a rainy days. Hope you had an awesome weekend, Shady (hopefully with much nicer weather than what I experienced).

  8. haha! I loved this post! So good. And such a lovely story! I think you may one day find the loot! xxx

  9. Amber Blue Bird - I feel for you up there in the north having to endure so many false starts before spring finally takes hold. Spring has already come and gone here in Florida. The a/c is running full blast and the summertime heat and humidity will be a fact of life from now till November. Thank you very much for your visit, dear friend Amber, and have a wonderful evening and week in New England!

  10. Shell - I hit the jackpot when I became friends with you! Thank you very much for paying me a visit and good night and sleep tight over there in Liverpool!

  11. Maybe you should buy a metal detector and go treasure hunting. Just think, you could be like those people on t.v. in the White's ads.

  12. Ashton - Mr. and Mrs. Gabe Huckleberry of Walla Walla, Washington made $30,000 in a single week! (results not typical) What are we waiting for, kiddo? (LOL) I'm glad you're still lurking around the blogosphere, my dear friend, and it's always a pleasure when you stop by for a visit. Have a great week, Ashton!

  13. L♥O♥V♥E this blog post, Shady. The year 1963, the beautiful Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, TN, I will always remember as a child seeing "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" I don't think anyone could forget the 'kicking the bucket' scene.

    John and Helen may have stored up some treasures on earth but their true treasures were where their hearts were ... with the Dell Rats.

    Enjoyed the great photos ... a big thanks!

  14. Cindy - It makes me very happy when somebody gets my humor and I can always count on you for that. You're as sharp as they come and it pleases me no end that you are familiar with that star studded comedy classic and remember Smiler Grogan's kick the bucket speech. People like you are truly a pleasure to know, Cindy. Bless you and have a delightful evening in Texas or wherever you might be by now!

  15. What a lovely post Shady! What lovely photos of the Dell! I enjoyed looking at them. Makes you wonder how much money is truly out there, and/or how long it will take until someone gets the idea to go digging. I think since you have such a lovely blog, and it's all about the Dell you should get the money found -haha. Have a lovely night Shady!

  16. Lost in Space was always so fun to watch! The costumes & set were so fabulous!!
    Greetings from Singapore, Shady!

    virtual hugs*

  17. Kristina (the artist formerly known as Ms. Kanorado) - From what I've heard people have roamed around the Dell in recent years equipped with metal detectors and never found anything. At least we have our treasured memories and they are priceless. Thank you for visiting. Kristina, and hugs to your cats and dogs!

    Lenore - Greetings to you, my globe trotting friend! It's always fun to see the characters on a TV series evolve. When Lost in Space began Dr. Smith was portrayed as greedy and sinister, an unsympathetic character. As time went by he developed a personality and became a flawed, weak willed yet lovable character and his banter with the robot provided comic relief in every episode. Glad you're having fun in Singapore, dear friend!


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