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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, February 25, 2018

Remembering Helen


SHADY DELL OWNER

HELEN ETTLINE
DIED FEBRUARY 25, 1984,

34 YEARS AGO TODAY.

Whenever I hear this song it reminds me
of a very special person, the first lady
of the Shady Dell... Helen Ettline.




Unforgettable, Helen.

That's what you are!
 
We love you and miss you.

30 comments:

  1. I never liked King Cole, friend Shady ... but I appreciate you post ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you for coming by to help me remember Helen 34 years after she passed away. I miss Helen and wish I could hear her soft, soothing voice again.

      Have a good week, dear friend cat!

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    2. Thank you for being so gracious and polite, friend Shady ... very much appreciated ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, Alex!

      You have been here for Helen's tribute several years in a row and I appreciate it, good buddy.

      I still remember the day in March 1984 when I dropped in at the Dell and John shocked me with the news of Helen's death the month before. My mission is to preserve her legacy... their legacy.

      Thanks again, Alex, and have a great week!

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  3. Hi Shady! This is a beautiful tribute song to Helen. I'll bet she loved the song, even though Nat was performing it without his daughter years ago. She is an added terrific addition to the song.

    You so graciously keep the greatest memories of your life alive, and everyone who was there with you is thinking back now-I certainly am, even though I was miles away!

    Good to see you today, Shady! Hope you and Mrs. Shady are doing well. Take care, dear friend! ♫

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    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      I am very happy to see you as well, dear friend! Thank you so much for joining me today as I observe the 34 year anniversary of Helen Ettline's death.

      I did some math. Nat King Cole's single "Unforgettable" peaked on the pop chart 66 years ago in February 1952. Helen had just turned age 41. I think she was the right age at the time to appreciate a love ballad like this one.

      You're right. Even if you weren't there, even if you never went to the Dell, a song like "Unforgettable" gets you thinking back to the special people you knew in your life. Let us remember them always.

      Thank you again for being here for my annual tribute to Helen, dear friend Suzanne. Take care and have a wonderful week!

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  4. I remember being so moved by this "duet" when it came out. I love it!

    A lovely tribute to your dear friend, Shady.

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    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for joining us as we pay tribute to the First Lady of the Shady, Helen Ettline, on the 34th anniversary of her death.

      I agree with you. That Coles duet is inspired and Natalie did a fine job on it. The performance never fails to move me.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Kelly, and have a wonderful week!

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  5. She obviously meant a lot to you. A fine tribute.

    I have a Nat King Cole CD. I should play it when I get home.

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    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thank you very much for coming, good buddy!

      I run this same simple one song tribute to Helen every year on this date. I have never come up with a song that seems more fitting than the Nat and Natalie Cole duet "Unforgettable." I wish you had known Helen Ettline. She was a fine lady and her husband John a fine man. On Jan. 16, while I was away on my blogging break, the anniversary of John's death in 1993 came and went. I hope I won't need to miss any more of these important dates on the Shady Dell calendar.

      Thanks again for being here, Kirk, and have a great week ahead!

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  6. I remember several post you have done on Helen and John. What a testimony to how important they were to you and your Dells.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Welcome and thank you for coming, dear friend!

      You are another friend who has been with me long enough to see several of these annual posts for Helen and John marking the dates of their birth and death, and soon it will be time once again to honor Margaret Schneider, The Oldest Living Dell Rat. As it turned out, all 6 births and deaths (Helen's, John's and Margaret's) fall within the first 5 months of the year.

      Thank you again for dropping by and have a wonderful week, dear friend Gayle!

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  7. Tom,

    What a beautiful song for a beautiful lady from you past! I'm sure Helen is smiling down on you. Lovely tribute!

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    1. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for coming over, dear friend. I think about Helen Ettline every single day of my life. Helen was one of the most inspiring people I ever knew and I intend to keep memories of her alive through blogging.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment and have a super week, dear friend Cathy!

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  8. Beautiful song for a beautiful lady. I know Helen is so glad she is not forgotten. Thanks for your kind words on my blog today. It's a sad day here but the love we have for our friends, family and our family pets makes it all worth it.

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    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      Thank you for being here again this year for Helen as you have the last four or five years now.

      I am in tears over your loss, dear friend. There's nothing in this world like a human's love for a dog and the loyalty and affection our pets eagerly give us every minute of every day. Chubbs had a wonderful life thanks for you and Jack. I'm sure there is another lonely pooch at the shelter patiently waiting to find a forever home. When you have finished grieving Chubbs, perhaps you will be ready to offer another deserving animal a home at The Pines.

      God bless!

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  9. You couldn't have picked a more beautifully written or sung piece of music to honor your special friend. I could listen to Nat King Cole sing that every single day.

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    1. Hi, Cheryl-Lee!

      Thank you very much for coming over as I remember Shady Dell owner Helen Ettline 34 years after her death.

      I am pleased to know you appreciate the song selection. The lyrics and arrangement of Nat King Cole's tender love ballad "Unforgettable" seem to fit the occasion better than any other song.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Cheryl-Lee, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      Thank you for coming, my dear Australian friend!

      I am bound and determined to keep the memory of Helen Ettline alive as long as I keep blogging, and I intend to keep blogging for many years to come.

      Thank you again for popping in, dear friend Jo-Anne!

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  11. Shady,

    Sad day for all Dell rats! But, Helen would be honored to know that you pay tribute to her every year. I'm sure Helen and John are dancing together to their favorite jukebox songs. They were "unforgettable "!

    Toni Deroche

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    1. Hi, Toni!

      Thank you for coming by for, I do believe, the 10th year in a row, as I remember Helen Ettline on the anniversary of her passing.

      Your comment is eloquent, dear friend, and I appreciate it. It is a beautiful thought to imagine John and Helen dancing together at the Shady Dell in the sky.

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

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  12. A beautiful tribute to a special lady and love that song that Natalie Cole created with her dad. Very loving

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    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you so much for checking out my annual tribute to Helen Ettline, dear friend!

      I have used this Nat - Natalie Cole duet several years in a row and never get tired of seeing and hearing it. It's a classic performance and I'm happy to know you enjoy it, too.

      Thank you again for being on hand again this year as we remember Helen Ettline, the First Lady of the Shady.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Birgit!

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  13. I agree, it's a great song. Personally, I like the song best when Nat King Cole sings it as a solo.

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    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      I just came from commenting on your site. Thanks for joining me here, good buddy!

      It's hard to believe silky smooth balladeer Nat King Cole released his single "Unforgettable" 66 years ago this month. I never heard the record played at the Dell, but I would like to think that Helen Ettline knew the song and liked it.

      Thanks again for being here for Helen and for me, good buddy, Jeffrey!

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  14. Hi Shady,
    Just trying to get caught up on this end. Been crazy over here. What a lovely tribute to Helen. I like the song "Unforgettable" and it's a perfect tribute song for her. I LOVE the piano in this version! And the sax. Oh, pure YUM!! And a very pleasant way to start my day...
    Have a good one!

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you for coming over to view my two latest posts, dear friend!

      Like you I appreciate the piano and sax that accompany Nat and Natalie as they sing their simulated duet. Chances are I will keep using this song every year at this time to remember Helen Ettline, the kind of woman many Dell rats wished they had for a mother or a grandmother.

      Thanks again for being here for Helen this year, dear friend Michele!

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