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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

Sunday, June 8, 2014

My Favorite Beetle? ... Janie Junebug!

Dear friends, I am very proud

to announce that I have been given

The Versatile Blogger Award

by my dear friend Janie Junebug!

Janie is the well known, highly respected
and much loved power blogger who hosts

I am honored to receive this

special recognition, Janie.

Thank you very much!

In return, I'm giving you

the official Shady Del Knight


...a framed copy of


The rules of The Versatile Blogger Award
require me to reveal 7 facts about myself.
With that in mind, I will now reveal
7 facts about myself.

7 Facts About Myself (Revealed)

1.) In 1982 I got a part time job as an astronaut
and became the first human to set foot on the sun,
at which time I uttered the now famous words

HOLY #$@&%* OUCH!!!"


2.) I later joined the circus and thrilled audiences
with my nude lion taming act.  That's right, folks.
None of those big cats wore a stitch of clothing.


3.) During a competitive eating contest in Reykjavík,
Iceland, I consumed 723 sardines in 5 minutes...
losing by a mere herring-and-a-half to heavy
favorite Vladimir Borisevski of the Ukraine.


4.) My shrink diagnosed me with
Narcissistic Personality Disorder
and called me conceited. "That's 
impossible," I told him. "Conceit
is a flaw and I have no flaws."


5.) Sigmund said he can tell that I'm self-absorbed
because all my sentences begin with "I."
I laughed. I cried. I denied it.


6.) Fraud Freud told me I say "I" so often that he
named my condition "Irritable Vowel Syndrome."


7.) He told me I'm immature, bordering on infantile.
He gave me a set of mental blocks to play with.


That doesn't count as 7 things?
Okay... no kidding aside... 
here are 3 true facts about me.

1.) When I worked as a television announcer and newsman
I was sometimes called upon to fill in for other on-air
personalities when they weren't available. One day the
host of our farm report called in sick and I was asked
to sub for him. I had to emcee a live segment devoted
to the annual State Farm Show and interview a local
farmer about his prize winning Black Angus.

To my shock and dismay the farmer brought the huge beast
with him to the studio! I knew absolutely nothing about
farming. The only thing I knew about cows was what
I learned from watching Borden's ice cream commercials.


I thought animal husbandry was a practice that
could get you up to five years in the slammer.


To make a long story even longer, my live
interview turned out to be a whole lotta bull...


...but at least I didn't give viewers a bum steer.


I took the bull by the horns and muddled through the
Q & A session without sounding like a complete idiot.
When the bovine left the studio I hollered
"Where's the BEEF?"


2.) When I worked in television entertainment I once
played the part of "The Professor" in a live televised
Gilligan's Island comedy sketch at my station.

3.) As of this month it has been 22 years since
I've had a drink of alcohol, a cigarette or a drug.
Shady Del Knight smokes a pipe. I never did.

Now it's time for me to acknowledge a few other
deserving and "versatile" bloggers. The rules call
for me to name 15 people but I am aware that
some of you have declared your blogs award
free zones. Others have received blog awards
from me in the past.  Therefore, I think it will
mean more to each recipient if I give the award
to only three people.  These three are new
SDM&M followers who have impressed me
not only with their blogging versatility but
also with their loyal friendship and their
willingness to engage me in friendly
conversation.  I call it coming out
to play and it's important to me.
Let's find out who they are!


...and The Versatile Blogger

Award goes to.....


Abigail and Daisy at Sweeter Gets The Journey

and Allie-Millie at Writing The Rapids

Congratulations to these three versatile, sociable
and very deserving bloggers and thank you again,
dear Janie Junebug, for tapping me for this award.
I value your friendship, Janie. You are prolific,
terrific and part of the solution. I invite all my
readers to follow and support Janie's blog -

Have a Shady day!


  1. Huh? I can definitely picture you playing the professor on Gilligan's Island.
    DR Ron

    1. Hi, Ron! I auditioned for the role of Ginger but didn't make the cut! :)

      Welcome back to SDM&M, good buddy. You've been missed and I hope this means you'll stick around. Thanks for coming and enjoy your Sunday, Ron!

  2. Congratulations on the award Shady!

    1. Thank you very much, Sarah. You are an award winning friend. I wish you a happy Sunday and a fabulous week ahead. Take care!

  3. Congrats to you, Shady! You most definitely are a Versatile Blogger!

    And now, let me put on my long, sequined gown: Thank you, thank are too kind...I'd like to thank all the little people: short and chronologically youthful, who help me come up with daily rants, ravings and observations....and to my family, who are slightly twisted and a little off keel....

    What fun! (I don't know the rules of blog awards...but I'll figure it out!). Thanks, again, dear friend, and congrats to the others.

    Have a great day! See you on the flipside.

    1. Hello, dear Cherdo, and congratulations on receiving the coveted Versatile Blogger Award!

      They like you... they really like you! :)

      It was nice of you to thank all the little people you used and stepped on as you clawed your way to the top! :)

      I'm fighting the battle of the bulge and practically needed a shoehorn to get into my sequined gown for the awards show. :)

      To top it off, Heather Locklear wore the same one! :)

      Go to this site to read the VBA rules:

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear Cherdo, and once again thank you for being such a great (and chatty) new friend. I love your sense of humor. Have a fantastic week!

      P.S. - I found one more VBA rule. If, for any reason, you are unable to complete your reign, the title goes to the runner-up.

  4. Congratulations, my friend! You are completely deserving! I enjoyed your list, and had many a good laughs reading it. No bull!

    And just to let you know, I am closing my blog for a bit, but will be checking back in from time to time on my favorite blogs, of which yours is certainly one of the tops!

    1. Hi, dear Shelly! Thank you very much for the kind words, my friend! I remember several months ago you hinted that you planned to close shop at least for a while. Your withdrawal from regular publishing will be a loss to the blogging world but it's comforting to know you will still be out and about visiting our sites. Your ongoing loyal friendship is very much appreciated.

      Next month I will also be taking a break from blogging. As you well know, it is beneficial to get off the treadmill occasionally, do some traveling, clear your head and recharge your batteries.

      Thank you again for your faithful friendship and support over the years, dear Shelly. Have a happy Sunday and have a great week ahead!

  5. Ha ha! I love this! I was laughing out loud the whole time i read this post. That lion act must have really been racy!! (LOL) I also must add that it is very easy to imagine you as the professor (as you know, Daisy and i are huge fans of both you and the great show. )
    Thank you so very much for another award, Shady. Im so honored! You and your blog have introduced me to new ideas of blogging in the way that you are very friendship driven, and that is something i treasure very much.
    Thank you again :)
    ~Abigail and Daisy

    1. Hi, dear Abigail (and Daisy)! Thank you very much for swinging over this morning! It makes me happy to know that I gave you a few smiles and laughs to start your Kansas day. That's what I'm here for.

      I figured you'd have something to say about Gilligan's Island since you and your fur baby are fans of the series. My story is true. I was chosen by one of our veejays to play the role of The Professor in a brief live skit on his show.

      Abigail, nobody deserves The Versatile Blogger Award more than you. Your blog is a wonderland of exciting images, music and poetry. It is always a pleasure to join you at Sweeter Gets The Journey. Moreover, I picked you for this award for the other reason I stated. You are friendly and outgoing. You are always eager to share yourself and communicate with me, something relatively few bloggers are able or willing to do. That makes a huge difference to me. I am very happy and proud to have you as a friend, Abigail!

      Congratulations on your VBA and have a wonderful week ahead, Abigail. Please give Daisy a hug and a smooch for me!

  6. Best award post certainly lives up to an award for being versatile.

    1. Oh, that is such a kind compliment coming from you, dear Jeanie, and greatly appreciated! I am very happy to see you back here again. I always look forward to your comments and appreciate them more than you might realize.

      Have a great day and week out there in Colorado, dear friend Jeanie!

  7. Quite the Comedian, that, Shady! I don't remember seeing you with that bull but, I really do think I remember seeing you do "dialing for dollars" on WGAL in my youth!
    Congratulations on your latest Blog award (it certainly is well deserved!). Also, many congratulations for being clean and sober for 22 yrs!!! That's quite a feat!!! Have a wonderful week!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, Toni! Thank you very much for sharing some laughs with me today, dear friend! I remember all the "Huh?" comments I used to get whenever I'd make a Dialing For Dollars call to somebody in Hagerstown, MD, a town on the very fringe of our coverage map. Most people way down there watched their new local WHAG station and didn't have the foggiest idea who I was, where I was calling from or why I was bothering them at that hour of the morning. Needless to say, they didn't know the amount in the jackpot, a fact necessary for them to win. I remember one lady taking a wild guess and saying "25,000'! (Not quite, LOL.)

      Thank you for acknowledging my 22 years on the wagon, dear friend. That means a lot to me and I can't wait till I can say it's been 50 years. Well, I think I can wait but you know what I mean.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Toni, and enjoy the week ahead!

  8. Hi Shady Del Knight,

    Thank you, it sounds like you have had a very versatile working life and I enjoy your quirky sense of humour. Congrats to your other versatile bloggers and to yourself - you have quite a following.

    1. Hi, Allie-Millie! Thank you for coming all this way to attend the awards banquet held in your honor. You have proven yourself to be a great friend as well as a versatile blogger. I'm happy to know you enjoyed the post (including my attempts at humor) and the chance to learn a little about the two phases of my television career. Congratulations on being the recipient of the Versatile Blogger Award. I can't wait for you to post 7 tidbits about yourself. Have a wonderful Monday and a safe and happy week ahead, dear friend Allie-Millie!

  9. Congratulations on your award Mr Shady. One of your funniest posts ever. Enjoyed reading it.

    1. Hello, dear Kathryn! (Funny, I always thought it was spelled Catherine :) Thank you very much for the compliment, dear spouse. I know you have high standards and are not easily amused. That makes your favorable review all the more meaningful to me. Thank you again, dear Kathryn. I hereby give you the Best Wife Award and hope to see you back here again soon!

  10. Dear Prof Shady...First, congrats on 22yrs of freedom! That is really something to be proud of. I laughed through this whole are very clever & funny! About the poster however...I get the "Brave"...but seriously..."Behave" seems to be something you need a bit more practice! Thanks for the laughs today!

    1. Hello, dear YaYa! Thank you for attending my special VBA ceremony. You are a dear sweet friend for supporting me in my 22 years of sobriety and clean living. I shudder to think what my life would be like today if I hadn't mustered the resolve to go cold turkey that June day in 1992. Thanks again, Kathleen.

      I'm delighted to know you got a chuckle out of my fact list. You're right. The "behave" part of the Dell rat motto is something I'm still working on. :)

      Thank you again for coming and for being such a loyal friend to me, dear YaYa. Have a wonderful week!

  11. You are much too kind to me, but maybe I met you because you contradict so much of what X said to me. Your "facts" made me laugh. Congratulations on your 22 years of good behavior, and thank you for the Dell Rat Motto.


    1. Hi, Janie! I could never be too kind to you, dear lady. I am proud to know you and consider myself fortunate to have you as a friend. I admire you for tackling so many important issues on your blog. Nobody does it better. I'm happy knowing that I gave you a few smiles and giggles with this post and I thank you for acknowledging my 22 years of sobriety.

      Thank you very much for being here this evening, dear friend JJ. I hope are feeling much better by now. Good night to you and your doggie boys and have a terrific Tuesday!

  12. Congrats on the award Shady! This post was hilarious, I was laughing from beginning to end! I love Abigail's blog and I'll need to check out the other two :)

    1. Hi, Amia! Welcome back to SDM&M, dear friend. I've been missing you! Thank you very much for the kind comments here, Amia. I'm pleased to have made you LOL with my bogus fact list.

      Good night to you, dear friend, and please come back and see me again soon, okay? I love having you here!

  13. Kathleen Mae SchneiderJune 10, 2014 at 1:00 AM

    Well, since our NPD and IVS friend Shady slipped through the revelation part of this official award with a good deal of hilarious legerdemain, I will now reveal 7 real and true facts about Shady I've learned from his blog (based loosely on dictionary definitions of "versatile"):
    Shady Del Knight - (Revealed):
    1. Capable of doing many things competently.... (From researching oft-ignored and under-lauded musical artists, to providing back stories to famous ones, to supporting friends in times of trouble - he does it all with enthusiasm and authenticity.)

    2. Having varied uses or serving many functions: "The most versatile of vegetables is the tomato" (Craig Claiborne)..... (He's better than a tomato! He's our friend, our teacher, a promoter of the arts and always, always, to our delight - ever the comedian!)

    3. Biology: Capable of moving freely in all directions, as the antenna of an insect, the toe of an owl, or the loosely attached anther of a flower...... (You switch with ease between representing the best of such disparate musical styles as doo-wop to heavy metal, from girl groups to soloists. We tune in each week to his blog, not knowing what special treat from his flexible mind awaits us.)

    4. Zoology: Able to turn forwards and backwards: versatile antennae....(His blog looks back at the Shady Dell from its very genesis and forward to Dell rats everywhere who are still influenced by her special place in their lives. He personally themes his blog with everything from music and films of his youth to his favorite television series at the present time. In other words, his 'antennae' are always searching for the next creative idea.)

    5. Capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.....(His life's road, as for many of us, has had many climbs and descents, twists and turns. He's weathered them all and not only survived but also thrived.)

    6. Botany: Attached at or near the middle so as to swing freely, as an anther....(He doesn't go off the deep end with opinions that could offend by going too far in one direction - staying within the bounds of decency and good will, all the while accepting any of his readers who are genuine in their interest.)

    7. Multi-talented, able to perform and move with ease from one thing to another.....(From teenage athlete, to broadcast journalist, to entertainment producer, to blogger extraordinaire - Shady has had a remarkable, flexible and energetic history.)

    Versatile blogger indeed! Congratulations, Tom!

    1. Hello hello hello, dear Katheen! I'm all verklempt after reading your stupendous comment. Thank you, dear friend! Leave it to someone like you who has known me for years to come up with a 7-list that sums up what I have been trying to do here for nearly 6 years here on SDM&M. I deeply appreciate this!

      To be called better than a tomato is quite and honor indeed. :) I like to dream big. Someday I hope to surpass the zucchini. :) Actually, the tomato is not a vegetable. It is a fruit that THINKS it's a vegetable. (See, I'm also the smartest person in the room. It's a good thing I'm not conceited or people might take that statement the wrong way. :)

      You compare me to the antenna of an insect, able to move freely in all directions. I don't have an anther for that :) but last night I had a weird dream involving the toe of an owl. (Let's not go there! :)

      It's nice of you to suggest that I am capable or adapted to turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc. I'm afraid Mrs. Shady would not agree with you. She calls me a jackass of all trades. :) By the way, it's our 19th wedding anniversary today so I'd like to give a shout out to Mrs. Shady and thank her for one happy year of marriage. Just kidding, my dear. Just kidding.

      In item #6, Kathleen, you compare me to a freely swinging anther. That's exactly what got me in trouble most of my life - until 22 years ago! :)

      Dear, dear Kathleen. How sweet you are for staying up late (until 4 am) to write this extraordinary piece. It literally brings tears to my eyes to have someone like you recognize these qualities in me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Kathleen.

      God bless!

  14. OMG, I laughed all the way through it.

    1. Hi, Coffee Lady! I love to put a smile on a friend's face. Based on your generous comment, I am hereby declaring:


      Thank you very much, dear Coffee Lady, for coming over for a visit and sampling some fiction and fact from Shady's almanac!

      Happy Wednesday to you!

  15. Wow, you're a real guy Friday,aren't you Shady! I can truly imagine you as the professor on Gilligan's Island! He was the only sane person on the show. And, I did like the show!

    I think the versatile blogger award fits you well, because you are a very versatile person. You can jump from one genre of music to another, providing not only history of the artist, but, the technical history and history that goes into production as well. And, sweeten it with a few funnies about yourself. That's how we learn to express and deliver the goods to our readers...and, you, my friend, do deliver!

    So, congrats to you, and the bum steer you rode in on. ! LOL! I really do mean it, Shady! Have a great weekend! Sorry, I'm late.♫

    1. Hello, same month Millie! :) Welcome to the party, dear friend. There's still some punch left in the punch bowl and punchlines left at the end of my jokes. (BA-DUM-BUMP)

      It's very kind of you to come over late on a Saturday night. I appreciate it, appreciate your kind words and, most of all, appreciate your ongoing faithful friendship. You're the best, Suzanne! Happy Father's Day to Karo and good night to you, dear friend!

  16. Your joke about being an astronaut killed me! Ouch. Then on to nude lion taming. Love it. The bull story was great. Thanks so much for bringing laughter to me this morning.

    1. Hi, dear Belle! I am thrilled to see you here this morning. I've missed you. You know how these blog awards go. There's a new and different one circulating practically every week and they all ask you to reveal lists of facts about yourself. I've told all my stories in previous posts and that's why I need to make a few things up. I just received yet another award and have another acceptance speech coming in my next post this Friday.

      I'm happy to know that I gave you something to smile about and laugh about today, dear friend. Thank you very much for joining the fun and God bless you!

  17. Replies
    1. Hi, Sol! To update you on that part of the story, I eventually dabbled in animal husbandry myself. For a short period of time I was married to a sheep!


      Mrs. Shady calls it "animal husbandry" every time she catches me chewing with my mouth open!


      Thanks for joining the fun, Sol! I hope to see you back here soon, my friend!

  18. Can't believe I missed this post, especially since the award came from our mutual bud, Janie!


    1. Hi, Susie! Yessum, I thought the name of our mutual friend Janie Junebug would jump right out at you. I'm so glad you saw the post after all. I love having you here, dear friend, and thank you very much for coming over and catching up.

      Take care, dear Susie!


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