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

Friday, April 24, 2015

103 Candles! Just In - Picture Yourself at Margaret Schneider's Birthday Party!

Tom Anderson back with you today on this very happy occasion. They're here!
Hours ago I received the pictures taken last weekend as our dear friend, Margaret Elizabeth Brown Schneider, affectionately known as
The Oldest Living Dell Rat, celebrated her 103rd birthday surrounded by loved ones. Once again I proudly welcome back Margaret's daughter, my friend and guest blogger Kathleen Mae Schneider, who files this special report.



Kathleen Mae 

Mother celebrated her 103 year birthday
at her home on Saturday, April 18th, 2015,
surrounded by bright colors, sweet tastes,
and loving family.

Balloons and flowers, which she loves,
were everywhere.

There was even one shaped like a butterfly,
another of her favorite things!

Our good friend Toni Deroche, who saved
Mother’s childhood home, paid Mother a
visit the day before the party,
bringing sweet gifts!

At last count, 74 birthday cards arrived
in Mother’s mailbox. We displayed them
along with living gerbera daisies
and twinkle lights.

Some of the cards contained donations
to the York County Food Bank in Mother’s
honor, an option we added to our
invitation for her card shower,
raising nearly $800 to feed
hungry families!

The greeting above especially pleased Mother.

Mother was amazed by her Swiss lemon
mousse birthday cake with a picture of
her as a teenager on the top!

Gifts both small and large filled
her floral-themed table.

She was delighted by the bird in the cage
that sings, and of course all the sweets!

Mother was happily surprised by visits
from some of her 6 grandchildren and one
great-grandson, who serenaded her with
“Happy Birthday” on his saxophone!

My daughter Elisabeth shared a quiet
moment with her Grammy. (Her name comes
from Mother’s middle name.)

But the biggest surprise of the day was
on the inner net, as Mother calls it.

She could never in 100... make that
103 years... have imagined being
wished a Happy Birthday by her new
friends on Shady Dell Music & Memories!

Mother and I want to send
a big "Thank You"...

to everyone who made her birthday
celebration so very special!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Happy Birthday, Margaret Schneider! Three Big Cheers for 103 Years!

I am delighted to welcome back my friend and guest blogger Kathleen Mae Schneider, author of In-Dell-ible Memories, a chronicle of her mother Margaret's childhood at the Shady Dell in the early years of the 20th century. Today, Dell rats everywhere are toasting Margaret on her 103rd birthday!

Above you see our guest of honor, Margaret Schneider,
affectionately nicknamed "The Oldest Living Dell Rat,"
reading one of her birthday cards. Now it gives me
great pleasure to introduce her daughter Kathleen
who wrote this special 103rd birthday tribute.

A Very  

Special Day

Kathleen Mae 

I watch Mother sleep contentedly on this, the 37,595th day of her life. Her fragility and timeworn features belie the toughness and resilience that she still possesses at her age.

Today however, because it's her birthday, I imagine her napping at another place and time, held close in the warmth of her mother’s arms as a tiny week-old infant. My mind conjures up a fine spring day in 1912, with her sturdy mustachioed father along with his wife and eight other children standing on a wooded hillside envisioning their successful future.

The tragic news of the week before - the sinking of the HMS Titanic - was still fresh in their minds. However, with masses of wild violets blooming everywhere, the beauty of that valley stretching out below them and a stream winding its way at the bottom of a steep ravine, their thoughts were transformed.

Photo courtesy of Phil Spangler whose ancestors followed mine
at the Dell.  This is Mother's childhood home as she remembers it.

Here my grandparents, George and Allie Brown, would fulfill their dream of establishing three business enterprises that would provide for tiny newborn Margaret Elizabeth and their growing family.

Here's Margaret as a one-year-old when
the new Dell house became her home.

Years later, long after the Brown family and other owners moved away, John and Helen Ettline transformed the site into the night spot of Tom's (aka Shady's) and myriad teenage Dell rats' youth. The new owners called it the Shady Dell after the locals’ name for the nearby woods and ravine. For decades, music would emanate from the buildings and colored lights reflected off the trees, some of which might have been planted by my grandfather.

But when Mother lived and played in this place as a child, the world was experiencing a time of momentous change. Post-Victorian and Industrial Revolution years saw my grandfather take advantage of a burgeoning middle class that had the means to enjoy all sorts of new inventions and luxuries.

My grandfather was a well-respected businessman. His kennel provided purebred hunting dogs and other animals that were in demand as pets, as well as carrier pigeons used for battlefield communication in World War 1.

Fashion dictated why my grandfather raised so many “coon”
hounds. Raccoon skin coats were all the rage in the 1920s.

George Brown's automobile business helped to outnumber the horse-drawn vehicles that had previously filled the streets.

The Dell garage with some of George’s
automobiles. He is second from the right.

Before the advent of antibiotics, my grandfather George's homemade medicine (Turpentine was a main ingredient) helped Mother survive the Great Influenza, the world’s first pandemic.

It’s hard for post-moderns like us to imagine our world without computers, jet travel, cell phones and television, but Mother’s life spanned eras long before all of these were invented. Hearing her describe her long life is to witness living history. She sometimes expresses bewilderment at all the change she’s seen.

Attitudes about a woman’s right
to vote are just one of many societal
changes since Mother’s childhood.

Bankruptcy ended my grandparents’ version of the American Dream. The family dispersed and became almost nomadic, finding work and a place to live wherever they could. Mother, traumatized by the lack of schooling (She only completed 6th grade because education was not yet compulsory.), the lack of a solid place for home (sometimes living in a tent), and family deaths (her father and sister), finally found lasting love and family life when she met my father Ralph.

Ralph Schneider and Margaret Brown during courtship

My parents, Ralph Schneider and Margaret Elizabeth Brown, courted for six years before they married during the Great Depression. Their life together lasted 45 years and produced three children, all of whom were given a college education.

My Mother often looks at this
25th anniversary portrait on her dresser
and comments, “I miss him so much…”

After my father’s death in 1980, Mother lived alone until 2011,
when recovery from a broken hip required round-the-clock support. This past year her second hip broke, but she again rebounded and is once again in the home my father built with her children caring for her. As old as she is, she still finds much to be happy about every day. Her mind is still good, although adaptation to failing eyesight and hearing are challenging.

(Summer 2014) Margaret helped husk
one of her favorites, sweet corn.

Mother likes to be productive and helps with chores when she is able. Sweets of all kinds are her favorite food, especially if it melts in her mouth.

One can never have enough chocolate!

Mother still remembers the Shady Dell house and wistfully tells me about her life there. The Dell will always be a part of her, and of me, because I’ve been given the legacy of her stories and was fortunate to visit the restored house before it sold the last time.

The Shady Dell, Mother’s restored childhood
home, looks a lot like she remembers it.

As for Mother's frequent naps: Recently I asked her why she sleeps so much these days. “Don’t you know?” she asks. That’s just the way it is when you’re old.” I told her that after her long and productive life, she has more than earned the right to catch 40 winks whenever she likes.

My wonderful mother at 103,
beginning her nap.

Happy, Happy Birthday, dear Mother.

I love you always and forever!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Counting Down the 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell (#130 to #126)

 It's time once again to put your 

 musical knowledge to the test 

 as we continue our countdown of 

 The 200 Greatest Hits of the Shady Dell! 

 You know the drill. 

I'll give you a line or two of lyrics taken from five
of the most popular Dell songs of the mid 60s.
Your mission, Jim, if you decide to accept it, is to

 Name That Tune. 

Put on your thinking cap. Here are the lyric
samples for the next five Dell songs:

I'm gonna show you
to a brand new game

From deep inside the pain
that I chose to hide

I wonder, I wonder why
You had to leave me this way

Soften my dreams with your sighs

I knew he was wrong
when he took your love from me
after all he was once my best friend


Okay, let's find out how well you did.
Here are the Dell songs in today's countdown:

 130. "Good Thing" - Paul Revere & The Raiders 
 (December '66) 

 129. "Walk Away Renee" - The Left Banke 
 (September '66) 

 128. "Searching For My Love" 
 Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces 
 (July '66) 

 127. "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" 
 The Casinos (January '67) 

 126. "Let's Go Steady" - Arthur Conley 
 (March '67) 

How many songs did you correctly guess from the lyric clues? Refer to the grading scale below to determine your musical I.Q.

 All 5 right – 

 Congratulations! You’ve been appointed 

 dean of the College of Musical Knowledge. 

 3 or 4 right – 

 Licensed lyric lover. 

 2 right - 

 Lyrically challenged. 

 1 right – 

 Sign up for remedial classes 

 at the School of Rock. 

 0 right – 

 You just dance and hum along! 

Have a Shady day!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Lime Disease aka Fedderson Fever

I got it bad for Yvonne Lime

aka Yvonne Fedderson.

She's the pert and pretty actress
who appeared in some of my favorite
movies and television shows in
the late 50s to early 60s.

On the small screen Yvonne had a recurring
role as Betty Anderson's high school friend
Dotty Snow on Father Knows Best.

With Tim Considine in The Hardy Boys:
The Mystery of the Ghost Farm (1957)

Yvonne played the part of Gloria in the Disney serial
The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Ghost Farm.

In 1960-61, Yvonne co-starred in the TV sitcom Happy which featured a "talking" infant played by twins.

On the big screen she landed roles in mainstream
Hollywood features beginning in 1956 with
Burt Lancaster's The Rainmaker.

With Gary Clarke in Dragstrip Riot (1958)

Yvonne is best known for her starring roles in
B movies - horror, juvenile delinquent and hot rod
flicks that included I Was a Teenage Werewolf, 
Untamed Youth, Dragstrip Riot and Speed Crazy.

With Michael Landon in I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)

Every guy (and teenage werewolf) wanted to date her!

With Jana Lund in High School Hellcats (1958)

Every girl (and envious female gang leader)
wanted to be her!

Yvonne met Elvis Presley when she landed
a role in his 1957 movie Loving You.

Elvis was a connoisseur of women
and he and Yvonne dated that year.

 "Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear" - Elvis Presley 
 (July/August 1957, highest chart position #1 
 from July 1957 movie Loving You

In 1958 Yvonne played Ricky Nelson's girlfriend in an episode of Rick's popular family sitcom The Adventures of
Ozzie and Harriet.

 "Waitin' In School" - Ricky Nelson 
 (February 1958, highest chart position #18) 

What was so special about Yvonne Lime?

Yvonne epitomized the
ideal teenage girl of the
50s - fresh and lovely,
pure and innocent.

Yvonne was wisely cast as
the good girl and sometimes played a good girl surrounded by bad influences, teetering on the brink of going wrong.

Faced with relentless peer pressure from a rebellious crowd, what will she say and do... how far will she gain acceptance?

That was the theme of my favorite
Yvonne Lime movie, High School Hellcats.

I am proud to present production stills of rare, deleted scenes from
High School Hellcats.
Let me repeat the bogus premise. The following are rare deleted scenes salvaged from the cutting room floor. They did not make it into the final cut of the movie.

Let's pick up the action as Joyce (Yvonne),
the new girl in school, meets Connie, queen
of a wild, mean-girl mob called the Hellcats!

 CONNIE:  Listen, missy, I'm the leader of the
Hellcats and what I say goes. If you wanna
fit in and get along, you'd better do exactly
as I tell ya, got it?

Now here's the thing. Tomorrow all the girls
are wearing bathing suits to class and so will
you if ya know what's good for ya.

 JOYCE:   Oh, what fun! My boyfriend bought me
an itsy bitsy, teenie weenie, yellow polka-dot bikini
and I've been dying to show it off! Maybe you've
heard of my boyfriend - Elvis. Elvis PRESLEY!
Come to think of it, that bikini might have
been a gift from one of my other boyfriends
- Ricky NELSON or Michael LANDON!


 JOYCE:  Miss Davis, I don't like being a snitch,
but there's something you need to know about
me, about Connie and about the Hellcats.

I'll be brief. The issue here is not whether
we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties
with our male party guests - we did.

But you can't hold a whole gang responsible for
the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals.
For if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole
high school gang system? And if the whole gang
system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment
of our educational institutions in general?
I put it to you, Miss Davis - isn't this an
indictment of our entire American society?
Well, you can do whatever you want to us,
but we're not going to sit here and listen to
you badmouth the United States of America!

 CONNIE:  Whoa, that was powerful. Girls,
I do believe we just found us a P-R director.

 CONNIE:  You really gave Miss Davis the business,
newbie.  Nicely done!  You just might have
what it takes to be a Hellcat.

The next step in your initiation is for you
to do something really evil. Tomorrow in class
you will chew gum and slouch in your chair!

Young lady, as long as you live under my roof you'll
follow my rules. I order you to stop prancing around
in slacks that are so short they expose your ankles!

  JOYCE:   Thanks for the free coffee, but
when I said I could go for a little joe...

 MIKE:  I don't get it, Joyce. Why would you
want to date rock stars like Elvis and Ricky
or a hot young actor like Michael Landon
when you could have a loser soda jerk like me?

 JOYCE:  Look, Mike, when I agreed to this mercy date
I didn't expect you to cross the line. Let's be clear -
I'm not into premarital hand holding! Besides, Elvis
and Ricky always brought their guitars along and
sang to me. You don't even have a harmonica!

 "Loving You" - Elvis Presley 
 (July/August 1957, highest chart position #28 
 B side of "Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear" 
 from July 1957 movie Loving You

 JOYCE:  What's that, Connie? I'm invited to an all night
sleepover slumber party thingy at the creepy old
abandoned movie theater on the poor side of town?
Neato! I'll bring my Ouija board. Will there
be a pillow fight? Pin the tail on the donkey?

 DOLLY:  I was just leaving you a note, kitten.

Connie had a little "accident" in the previous
reel and is unable to complete her reign
as queen of the Hellcats. I'm taking over.
Meet me and the gang at the creepy old
abandoned movie theater at midnight
...or else!...

 JOYCE:  Thanks for giving me a lift to the hen party.
We just crossed over to the wrong side of the tracks.
The creepy old abandoned movie theater should be
around here somewhere.
 MIKE:   I know where it is - right across the street
from the Shady Dell.

 JOYCE:   What's going on, Dolly? You and I are
the only ones here. You tricked me! You led me
to believe there was a party with smoking and 
drinking and rock 'n roll and boys!

 DOLLY:  Oh I got something real special planned for you,
princess. I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!



That's right, Cinderella. It's a Scentsy party
and you ain't leavin' until you buy something!

 JOYCE:  He saved my life in that creepy old
abandoned movie theater. Now he's gone and
I didn't even get a chance to thank him.
Who was that masked man?


In 1959, Yvonne Fedderson began a life of philanthropy.
Along with Sara O'Meara, Yvonne founded Childhelp,
a national non-profit organization "bringing love, hope
and self-esteem to abused and neglected children
worldwide." Ten years later she married executive
producer Don Fedderson, creator of the hit
TV series My Three Sons. In recent years,
Yvonne and Sara have become authors,
writing books on God's power to heal.

Happy birthday to you,

Yvonne Lime Fedderson

80 years old today

and forever young.