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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

Friday, July 20, 2018

It's My 10 Year Blog Anniversary and, to Mark the Occasion, I'm Goin' Back!

Can you spare 5 minutes 

for 10 years?

Today marks the

10 year anniversary of

Shady Dell

Music & Memories!

To tell the truth, I never expected or intended
to keep blogging this long. According to my
original plan, 2010 was to be my last year of
presenting fresh content. From that point on,
SDM&M was meant to consist of nothing but
reruns. Little did I know that the best was yet
to come. The years since 2010 have been the
most exciting of all... a journey filled with
surprises, mysteries solved and unsolved,
drama, pathos, fun and great friendships.

To celebrate my 10 years as host of SDMM,
I now present another poor man's music video.
If you have the time, I encourage you to take
the full 4:15 ride and experience it in real time.
I found a magnificent song that best expresses
what I am feeling after ten years of blogging.
The words of the song will help you to
 understand why I started SDMM a
decade ago and the driving force
that has kept me going
all these years.

Click the video to start the song
playing, then perform a continuous
smooth scroll down the page.

Keep pace with the song by viewing the
pictures at a rate of approx. 2 seconds each.
Do not stop to examine an individual
picture or you will fall behind.

Behold ten years of memories, ten years of the
people, places and events that made Shady Dell
Music & Memories something special for me
and, I hope, for you as well. Listen now to
this evocative song composed by Gerry
Goffin and Carole King as the late,
great English singer and songwriter
Jackie Trent performs "Goin' Back."

"Goin' Back" - Jackie Trent



I think I'm goin' back

To the things I learned so well

in my youth


I think I'm returning to

Those days when I was young enough

to know the truth

Now there are no games

To only pass the time

No more coloring books

No Christmas bells to chime

But thinking young

and growing older

is no sin

And I can play

the game

of life to win




I can recall a time



When I wasn't ashamed


to reach out



to a friend


And now I think I've got

A lot more

than a skipping rope

to lend


Now there's more to do

Than watch my sailboat glide

And every day can be

my magic carpet ride

And I can play hide and seek

with my fears

And live my days

instead of counting

my years


TOTO 1999-2013














Let everyone debate

the true reality

I'd rather see the world

the way it used to be

A little bit

of freedom's

all we lack

So catch me

if you can

I'm goin' back

So catch me

if you can

I'm goin'...


As I always say, it starts with a great song,
and "Goin' Back" is a great song. In closing,
I offer you another gripping performance
of "Goin' Back," this one by Phil Collins.

Whether you have been following me for ten years
or ten days, I thank you very much, dear friend,
for coming with me on this journey. I am very
grateful for your friendship and support.

Now that I have reached the 10 year mark,
I have come to a decision. In my next post
I will be making an important announcement
re: the future of Shady Dell Music & Memories.


  1. Kathryn AndersonJuly 20, 2018 at 2:25 AM

    What is an incredible collection of pictures-- each one bringing back memories of special people and places, and the song you picked-- Going Back-- is perfect for this occasion. It amazes me to see the prolific writer you have become over the last ten years, how many different topics you have covered and how much great music you have presented. Congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment!

    1. Thank you very much, Kathryn!

      A lot has changed in the ten years since Shady Dell Music & Memories made its debut. The world has changed. Our country has changed. I have changed. It has been a great pleasure to meet, get to know and become friends with so many great people through blogging, to entertain them with my favorite songs and to inspire them with stories about the Dell, John and Helen Ettline and Margaret Schneider.

      Thank you very much for your comment this morning and for your support over the years, Kathryn!

  2. Loved the set of photos and the song. Very emotional. Congratulations on 10 years of blogging high quality posts. Here's to 10 more!

    1. Hi, Joey!

      Thank you very much, my friend! Jackie Trent is one of my favorite English singers and I was saddened by her death. Her powerful voice seemed ideally suited for this retrospective anniversary post.

      You are a wonderful new friend, Joey, and I am grateful for your support. Thank you again for taking this ride with me. Enjoy your day in the UK and please return next Thursday when I will be making a major announcement about the future of SDMM. Thank you very much, Joey!

  3. Happy 10th Anniversary, Shady! I love your collection of photos and the stories you tell! Here's to many more years and many more stories to come! I love this blog and can't wait to see what is to come!

    Enjoy today, dear friend!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you very much for making time for an early bird visit, dear friend! I'm delighted to know you enjoyed my latest "poor man's music video." The last ten years have raced by. I can hardly believe it. I am thankful to have met you several years ago on Susan's blog - remember that Michigan blogger who is no longer active? Thank you for sticking with me all this time, bridging the generation gap, and developing into one of my best friends and most faithful followers. Please come back next Thursday when I will be making a big announcement about the future.

      Than you again, dear friend JM, and enjoy your weekend!

    2. Hi Shady,

      I just marked my calendar and I am looking forward to the blog post. :)

      I miss Susan - I hope that she is okay. I wonder about her at times. I'm glad we met too!

      Have a great Saturday, dear friend.

    3. Hi again, Jessica Marie!

      I'm glad you remember us meeting on Susan's blog. It seems like a long time ago, doesn't it? I hadn't been following her very long when she decided to call it quits.

      Yessum, please stay tuned for my important announcement next Thursday.

      I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, dear friend JM!

  4. Hey Shady, Really A Magnificent Ride!
    All these pictures are surely a look back at our youth. My bands would have never made it, without the local fans. Let me just say thank you to all the fans. Especially you Shady. You have kept the memories of THE DEL-CHORDS & Magnificent Men alive. I'll never be able to thank you enough for all your support. You were the first to put up our tunes on Youtube. YOU DA MAN!! Dave

    1. Hi, Davy!

      I am thrilled to have you join me today as I look back over my ten years of blogging!

      You and Buddy, your outstanding group The Del-Chords, and your skin tight band The Magnificent Men were huge influences on me and countless other young people. I will never forget the unbridled excitement that swept through the Dell dance hall like a tsunami whenever "Everybody's Gotta Lose Someday," "Peace Of Mind" and your other records played on the jukebox. Therefore, I should be thanking you, good buddy, for being my soul and inspiration all those years ago. I also greatly appreciate your friendship and support in the new millennium.

      Thank you again for coming over on this special occasion, Dave. I hope you will drop back in next Thursday, July 26, when I will announce a fateful decision regarding the future of SDMM. Thank you!

  5. Congratulations, Shady. I've only been following for about a year, but you give me a lot of reasons to come back.

    My own blog's 10 year anniversary was a few months ago, but I completely forgot about it!

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Thank you very much for coming by, my good friend! You are one of my newest followers, and I very much appreciate having you aboard this crazy train.

      Gosh, I'm sorry to learn that you missed your own 10 year blogiversary. If it was only a few months ago, it's certainly not too late to celebrate the milestone.

      Thank you again for your interest in what I have been dong here and for your ongoing friendship and support, good buddy Kirk. I invite you back here next Thursday when I will be gathering my friends together to make an important announcement about the future of SDMM. Thank you, Kirk!

  6. Happy 10th Anniversary, Shady! I think I've been around since 2010, when you thought that might be your last year for fresh content! HAH! You would not have been able to handle posting reruns for the next 10 years, and I'm glad you didn't. You've done a great job of presenting the old and new to us in the most exciting ways! I love the "Shady Train" and "Bands in Foreign Lands" series. You dive into the history's of the various eras of rock, soul, and Doo Wop. And, you travel the world searching for special bands that 'could have been' and 'should have been'!

    One of the really great incentives you offer us is the history of a fabulous Teen Dance club back in the day when your innocence was tested and you were breaking out into the world of rock, pop and good comradeship! Along the way, you encountered two wonderful adults who left a lasting and admirable mark on your life!

    Thank you so much for sharing your photographs with us, especially those of you growing up. You have some wonderful family memories. And, music has always been an important and inspiring presence in your life. It's good to see the photos you have of your Dell Rat cohorts, Shady! What a fun group of guys! And, I well remember the sadness that followed with the sale of the Dell, but, the excitement of your relationship with the oldest Dell member, Margaret. The photos tell a great story, don't they!

    I think Phil Collins is great, and really enjoyed the song and video. It is so fitting of this occasion. Well done! I must admit, however, I cheated and scrolled back and forth during the first song to dwell on some of your photos, lol!

    Well, I'm down to the crucial question, Shady. I'm worried about this fateful decision you have made regarding the Shady Dell's future. I hope it's only a change you're considering. I will say no more.

    Again, Happy 10th Blogging Anniversary, dear friend! You're the best! ♫

    1. Hi, Suzanne!

      Thank you very much for swinging over this morning to help me celebrate 10 years of blogging, dear friend! This day would not be complete without you here, Susanne, because you have been following me longer than any other regular reader/commenter. Add to that the fact that your comments are always top notch - a joy to read - and very much appreciated.

      I'm delighted to know that you enjoy my tandem series Shady Train and Bandstands in Foreign Lands aka BIFL aka "Biffle," the latter series the inspiration behind the familiar quote, "Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of music... the thrill of classic rock... and the agony of rap... the human drama of followers heading for the exit in droves every time I play heavy metal..." :)

      It also pleases me to know that my posts on SDMM got you interested in the story of the Shady Dell and its owners John & Helen Ettline, and that the writing of Kathleen Mae Schneider made you fall in love with her mother Margaret and got you involved in the story of Margaret's life at the Dell in the early part of the 20th century.

      I had never heard the song "Goin' Back" until recently when Jackie Trent's version showed up in a various artists CD compilation I bought. Right away I knew it would be perfect for a post of this kind. The words explain what was in my head and heart these last ten years as I composed my posts for SDMM. The Phil Collins version is also new to me and is another fabulous rendition. The song is powerful, easily relatable and easy to become "anchored" to.

      I am sorry to worry you over next week's big announcement, dear friend, but I must do what I must do. I am sure you will understand where I'm coming from and where I am going when I get next Thursday's post published. Thank you again for your loyal friendship through the years, dear Suzanne. You are a treasure! Enjoy your weekend and please hug Scootie for me!

    2. I wanted to add that I had never heard the song "Going Back" by Phil Collins either. It is really a great song...Collins' delivery is always on top! And, I just love your photo "The True Reality", lol!

      Tomorrow is Karo's birthday, he would be 69. We'll pay a visit to the cemetery later today and sing Happy Birthday, as we did last year. Again, thank you and congratulations for 10 years of great music and fun! ♫

    3. Hi again, Suzanne (with a Z)! I noticed after I published my reply that I spelled your name wrong in one spot. I apologize for that. Maybe I was thinking back to the early days of our friendship when you still called yourself "Susan." :) I chose not to try to fix my reply for fear of losing the whole thing.

      Yessum, I am very thankful that I discovered the song "Goin' Back," and two great versions of it no less. As you might have noticed, the lyrics are slightly different on the Phil Collins version.

      I know your heart must be heavy right now, Suzanne. I will be thinking about you today as you visit Karo's grave and tomorrow as you observe his 69th birthday. Karo was a good buddy and I will remember him always.

      Please take good care of yourself and try to have a good weekend, dear friend Suzanne!

  7. Kathleen Mae SchneiderJuly 20, 2018 at 8:27 AM

    Judging by their comments, Tom, a decade of your blog has surely yielded great results for many readers. Although I cannot know the specific effects it had on their lives, I CAN say what it's done for mine.

    First, it's been life-altering. Without so much of an inkling of all I would go on to learn, I kind of stumbled onto Shady Dell Music and Memories several years after I retired from teaching, ostensibly to garner information about my maternal ancestors' home. I was so technologically illiterate at that point that I doubted I would have any success at all, but gave it a try anyway.

    Instead of my usual frustration, what happened was nothing short of amazing. The need to be able to communicate via computer became greater than my fear and ignorance, because I found not only information that I sought, but an entire community of friends who, like me, wanted another dimension to their lives. This was a crucial turning point because had it not been for this blog and the patient help I got from its "Shady" editor, I probably would have shut down and never touched a keyboard again!

    This opened up a whole new world for me, not the least of which was learning about the cultural time in which I came of age. I was so busy and distracted by survival and building a career back then, that I didn't understand what was occurring in an historic sense. Now, the posts give me that perspective I missed.

    Certainly more important, hearing the moving and touching songs and seeing the span of years and so many faces go by on today's photos, reminded me of the importance of this blog - forming a visual mission statement as it were. By recognizing and honoring musical artists of the past who were never given their proper due or had fate discourage and thwart the opportunity to bestow their gifts to the world, you gave them that second chance.

    For me, my ancestors' and mother's lives and their lessons to us would have faded into oblivion, save for what their descendants remembered and recorded. Also I shall never, ever forget the glow on Mother's frail and aging face seeing the pictures and hearing me read about her life, and the wonderful comments from people all over the world that followed each post. It brought a richness to her last days that would never have happened otherwise. What an exquisite and priceless gift that was to her, to me, and our family!

    How many posts comprise ten years of our lives? How many hours of hard work or frustration were spent fixing my flubs and clarifying my jumbled thoughts? How many late nights and cold sweats as we labored to get posts finished in a timely manner? I guess we'll never know. In the end, such a tally doesn't matter very much, at least for me. Like the caveat on new medicines, the benefits far outweighed the side effects!

    All I can do is thank you, Tom, and add my congratulations to all the others coming in. I think this quote by Leo Rosten from my collection says it best:

    "The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all."

    You certainly fulfilled that purpose with caring and genuine love here on this blog repeatedly. To use a gardening metaphor, what began in your young life all those years ago on Starcross Road in York, Pennsylvania - in that very special place known as the Shady Dell - has grown, bloomed and borne fruit that will nourish future generations long after you and I are gone from this life.

    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      Now it is my turn to get all verklempt, dear friend, because your words never fail to move me to tears.

      The experience you and I have shared, that of creating important and inspiring content for this blog over the last six years, has indeed been life-altering for both of us. It has been an honor and a privilege to have you as my guest blogger, author of your exclusive series In-Dellible Memories, the telling of your mother Margaret's stories about her youth in Violet Hill as the first resident of the estate that would become known many years later as The Shady Dell, a notorious juke joint for teenagers.

      As this 10th anniversary date approached, I spent lots of time thinking back over the history of SDMM. During the first two years, the place was like a ghost town. Apart from Dell rat Jerre Slaybaugh, who was with me from the start, I had only two followers. They lived far away from Pennsylvania and never heard of the Shady Dell. I don't recall either one of them ever leaving a comment. In fact, I received very few comments on my posts those first couple of years. I used the time to hone my craft and refine my writing technique. I started taking more risks, adding humor to the mix of music and memories. Midway through 2010, just as I was preparing to "retire" and send the blog into reruns, I started to develop a following. Membership spiked and I took it as a mandate to continue. I am very glad I did. In the years that followed, you came forward with the incredible revelation that your mother Margaret was the "oldest living Dell rat" and that the Dell itself was much much older than most people suspected - nearly a century old when you first contacted me in 2012. The years since 2012 have yielded tons of new information, most of it coming from you, including new research you have done to shed light on the Dell's many mysteries. You and I have done good work, my dear friend. The quote you offered sums it up and is worth repeating:

      "The purpose of life is not to be happy - but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you have lived at all."

      Thanks to you and the countless hours you devoted to writing for this blog and working with me on our collaborative posts, we have indeed made a difference, Kathleen. Always remember that!

      You probably aren't familiar with this old Motown song, but we have arrived at a point in time when it seems appropriate. The song, by Gladys Knight & The Pips, is entitled "(We've come to) "The End of Our Road." You know what that means because you and I have discussed my upcoming decision and the rationale behind it. You have made peace with it. Please join me next Thursday when I make it official.

      Thank you again for being on hand here today as we mark this important milestone, and thank you for working with me and playing with me as we produced your chapters and tributes to Mother over the years. Shady Dell Music & Memories was running out of fuel when you came along. To coin a phrase, dear Kathleen, you "made SDMM great again." :)

      Thank you again, my wonderful friend. Have a safe and happy weekend, and I will see you back here next Thursday.

  8. Happy Blogaversary (or however that should be spelled), Shady!! Ten years is a major milestone! I'm coming up on 13 years in the fall, though all my content is not in one place anymore since I've changed platforms several times.

    I look forward to hearing the big announcement next week!

    1. Hi, Kelly!

      Thank you very much for coming over today as I observe my ten year blog anniversary, dear friend!

      Like Kirk (above) you are one of my newest friends, and a delightful friend you are. Your interests and tastes match mine, especially when it comes to music. You have been at this blogging game three years longer than I have, and I salute you for sticking with it all this time.

      Thank you again for taking a genuine interest in SDMM over the past year, Kelly. It has been a great pleasure getting to know you and becoming solid friends. Stay tuned for my post next Thursday, an announcement to all my friends that I never thought I would make.

  9. Happy 10th Anniversary! I am so glad I found you here and have a feeling your will disappear like the Dell but not in our hearts. I love looking at all these old pics with the music which is well matched. I love how much you dedicated this post to Margaret and I bet her daughter will love seeing this plus more. I love seeing the old pics and your sweet doggie. I will await Thursday....

    1. Hi, Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming down again today to be here as I mark ten years of blogging. I think you and I go back to 2015, making you one of my oldest friends in blogging. For that I am very grateful, Birgit!

      I'm glad you appreciate the juxtaposition of pictures in my "poor man's music video," bringing you highlights of material presented on SDMM over its ten year life span. Margaret's daughter Kathleen was already here a while ago. You can read her comment by scrolling up the page a bit. It touches me that you singled out my dog Toto. My beloved pet died five years ago this coming week!

      Thank you again for being such a great friend and hustling back down here today, dear BB. I do appreciate it! I hope to see you next Thursday when I will state my case. Please remember the quote from the film The Elephant Man, the final lines delivered by John Merrick's mother: "Never. Oh, never. Nothing will die. The stream flows, the wind blows, the cloud fleets, the heart beats. Nothing will die."

  10. Tom,

    Even though I have a household of company (including 5 dogs) I had to stop by to CONGRATULATE you on 10 wonderful years of interesting, intelligent and humorous blogging!

    I so enjoyed seeing all the pictures of yesteryear and some recent ones of new and old friends. I must admit seeing those walls come down again made my eyes misty all over again. Your song choice didn’t help much for the waterworks either, although beautiful!

    The blog means a lot, Tom, but your ten years of true friendship means even more! “Thanks for the memories," dear friend!

    1. Hi, Toni!

      Well, this is turning into a day of teary eyes and blurred vision. Your comment is very moving, dear friend, and I thank you very much for it!

      You are a Dell V.I.P. - a key and fundamental figure in the history of the Shady Dell. Without you here today there could be no true celebration. Without your tireless efforts in the early years of the blog, contributing hundreds of pictures of the Dell inside and out, there would be no Shady Dell Music & Memories. Quite a few of the pictures in this special post are ones that you took. Your contributions to SDMM are immeasurable as is my gratitude!

      It was indeed tough to revisit those pictures of mounds of concrete blocks that were once the graffiti covered walls of the historic Dell dance hall. A cloak of sadness surrounds me every time I gaze at those images and remember those dark days in late September and early October 2012.

      As for the last sentence of your comment - DITTO - dear Toni. Your genuine, steadfast friendship over the last decade has meant more to me than any blog ever could. Thanks a billion with a B! Please stay tuned for my important announcement coming next Thursday, a revelation that will give some people pause and give me much needed closure.

      Thank you very much for joining me here today, dear friend Toni, and have a wonderful weekend!

  11. What a beautiful post, Tom. Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary. You are one of the first people I followed, as I recall. You had 12 followers and I had 4 or 5. Lol Those were fun days for me, meeting new people and finding out how fascinating it can be to read blogs.

    Your music and photos matched perfectly. Watching Phil Collins sing it at the end made me appreciate that lovely song even more since I have grown old along with him. His voice is so unique. I also appreciated the first rendition. She had a great voice.

    I have loved learning all about the Shady Dell. As I've told you before, I wish I had had a place like that to go to when I was in my teens. It would have kept me out of trouble, I think.

    I didn't know how much you helped Kathleen with her computer skills. That was so kind of you. I was happy to hear how much your blog has meant to her and her mom. It was lovely for me to meet her beautiful family. I enjoyed her posts so much.

    I'm thankful to God for our friendship, Tom. You mean a lot to me and have over the years we have communicated. Congratulations once again on your anniversary.

    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      I am overjoyed to see you here today, dear friend! Thank you very much for attending this special party as I mark the ten year anniversary of Shady Dell Music & Memories - "The Little Blog That Could."

      I fondly recall getting to know you and becoming friends, Belle. As I recall it was in the early months of 2010. We first became acquainted on Yvonne's blog (the Houston woman) and very soon we had a great circle of mutual friends that included Thisisme and many others. I believe you are the single friend most responsible for helping me, by means of your friend connections, to rapidly grow my blog membership at that critical juncture when I was about to give up and go into reruns. Almost overnight I found myself on a stage with an audience awaiting fresh content. They say great things are accomplished through inspiration or desperation, and I think in my case it was a combination of the two. Fortunately, just when I was starting to run out of gas for a second time, Kathleen Mae Schneider came forward and made herself known to me one day in 2012. She bowled me over by introducing her 99 year old mother Margaret and sharing stories about Margaret's youth as a resident of the Dell during the WW-1 era and Roaring Twenties. Kathleen gives me undue credit for helping her with computer skills. She developed them on her own. She and I have enjoyed the challenge of collaborating on her chapters of In-Dellible Memories and on special posts honoring her mother, posts that have consistently proven to be hits with readers. How blessed I was when Kathleen came to me out of the blue, and how blessed I was when you entered the picture, Belle. You have become one of the greatest friends of my life. Much more than a friend, you are family, a sister to me.

      I wish you had a place like the Shady Dell in San Bernadino County when you were coming of age. I wish you could have gone with me to the Dell. I have no doubt that both Helen and John would have loved you.

      Thank you again for being here for me today, dear friend Belle. You are a very important and cherished friend and it is an honor to have you here anytime you care to visit. Please take good care of yourself until we meet again.

  12. Thank you for all the great years and for this post. It was a great pick me up for me when I needed it. The pictures always bring back nothing but good memories of great times. Thanks to Bupp and his bands and music for making those times even better. His music and your blog continue to make all the days I have left better. I hope your future plans are to continue for many more years. Jerre

    1. Hi, Jerre!

      I am very happy to see you, good buddy! Thank you very much for coming by and joining Kathleen, Toni and Dell rats Ron and Greg as we celebrate our 10 year collaboration on a project called Shady Dell Music & Memories.

      I was delighted to see Buppy drop by and comment on this post. It's good to know he's out there following the blog and enjoying what we present.

      This celebration would not be complete without having you here, Jerre! I owe you a big debt of gratitude for being the first Dell rat to take an interest in SDMM even before I published the first post in the summer of 2008. It seems like a lifetime ago. Your support through the years has meant a great deal to me. As I have often stated, SDMM was created with guys like you in mind.

      Think of all the twists and turns you have witnessed in ten years of following me. Who could have guessed that we would be discussing the WWI years and The Roaring Twenties on a Shady Dell blog? It's been an incredibly exciting journey filled with surprises and amazing discoveries.

      Music always lifts me up, especially the music we knew and loved from our Shady Dell years. It makes me happy to know that my SDMM blog and its music have done the same for you, my good friend.

      Thank you again for your loyal friendship over the past decade, Jerre. I have now come to a crossroads and will be making an important announcement about the future this coming Thursday, July 26. I hope you will join me. Until then, take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thanks, Jerre!

  13. Photography has always been a love of mine. I wish I was so good at it I could make a living from it. But what I've discovered is the best photos are the ones of those we love, the places we've been, and the memories caught in time. Life, whether lived out quickly or blessed to be 105 years old, is still never long enough when you are loved. You captured your memories of a special place..the Dell..that lives with you to this day and you've shared it with us these past 10 years so we also have it in our hearts. I loved all the photos to the music and my breath caught when I saw your dear pup Toto. I haven't been a follower for as long as this blog has been around but I've learned a lot about music and artists that were before my time and many that you focused on that were new and upcoming. Happy Blogversary a day late. I may not always get here on time, but I enjoy your funny posts as well as the ones that touched my heart. I'm not sure of what your announcement will be but some say I have a 6th sense for things to come and I wish you the best in whatever you choose to do. I value our blog friendship Tom, and thank you for your thoughtful comments on my blog. Take care!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      I'm all verklempt after reading this beautiful comment of yours, dear friend. Kathleen will be, too. Thank you so very much! You mean a great deal to both of us because you have a strong love of family and family history. That, of course, includes your own dear mother and your great departed father.

      It moves me to know that you noticed my dog Toto as the images in my poor man's video raced before your eyes a second or two at a clip. This coming week marks the 5th anniversary of Toto's death and I still feel a void inside without her. Thank you, Kathleen!

      You are one of my oldest friends in blogging, and certainly one of the most faithful. I can't tell you how grateful I am that you have appreciated the exposure to singers, groups and bands you never knew before and the opportunity to listen to recordings that are new to your ears, both recent releases and vintage tunes. I always enjoyed having you here on Shady Train and BIFL weeks because I knew you'd study the clothing and hair styles worn by the dancing teens of yesteryear in those videos. I am especially grateful that you took a genuine interest in my stories about the Shady Dell and my tributes to John & Helen Ettline and welcomed and embraced Kathleen Mae Schneider as she presented her chapters on the life and times of mother Margaret, "The Oldest Living Dell Rat."

      Thank you very much for all that you shared with us here in your comments over the years, YaYa. You helped make Shady Dell Music & Memories what it was, and I think most would agree it was something special, an experience unique as the original Dell itself. Please join me next Thursday when I will finally make the announcement that I started hinting about many months ago. Thank you, dear friend Kathleen/YaYa!

  14. This post make cry so hard, friend Shady … Thank you for sharing, hmmm? … Much love … meouw ... cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you very much for joining me this week as I reach the ten year mark in my blogging journey!

      You have been with me a couple of years now, dear friend, and I have enjoyed connecting with you here. You have a playful personality and that is a quality I greatly admire in a friend. In the time I have known you I have enjoyed being challenged by the poems and music selections presented on your blog. They never fail to massage my brain, tease and test me, and make me stretch. Thank you for all the love, encouragement and good cheer you have expressed in your comments, cat.

      There comes a time
      When we heed a certain call

      My time has come, dear friend cat. Please join me this coming Thursday when I will explain. Thank you!

    2. If you leave, Tom, I will leave as well … and after a while … nobody will ever know that we were there in the first place and that's how the cookie crumbles, eh? Much love, c.

    3. Hi, cat!

      I hope you won't ever leave. You are a true artist, a gifted one, and there are too few artists in blogging. No matter what happens to SDMM tomorrow, no matter where I am in the future, I promise that I will continue to support your blog, continue to be your friend and continue to give you lots of lubbins. :)

      Memories of the Shady Dell, the Ettlines and Margaret Schneider will live on, and I believe artists like you and Shady will also be remembered.

      Thank you very much, dear friend cat! I'll see you tomorrow, okay?

  15. WOW WOW WOW! What a wonderful milestone! TEN YEARS!! Congratulations Tom! That's huge. And a huge commitment of continuous journeys providing to us, your followers, many musical adventures filled with old memories and new discoveries. A decade of musical indulgence. And what a great way to celebrate, scrolling through a pictorial history to Jackie Trent's version of "Goin' Back". What a beautiful song! (I like Phil Collins version of it too, but I like Jackie Trent's better).

    It was so cool to scroll through along with the song and then go back and really look at the photos.

    I LOVE the shots of the Shady Dell counter and its mustard yellow stools (I think they're referred to as stools...??). Loved the background colors of the walls and the checkered floor too. How cool that the Shady Dell got a front page story in the York paper. I couldn't read the date on the article though. When was that published?

    The sepia tone photos from long ago were very were those large bows in the girls' hair! No wonder none of them were smiling. haha I notice in so many old photos from back then (have noticed this for years) that seldom are the subjects smiling when posing for the shot. That has always interested me. Were the photographers mean and intimidating? Why no smiles? Have you ever noticed that??

    You didn't label many of the photos. I know you're in several of them but I don't know which ones for sure. I think all those pics following you in the crib at 8-1/2 mos old is you, right? With your father? Is that you with the cow? That's a cool shot btw!
    And those are all of you beneath the "Shady Zone" slide, starting with you highlighting the Shady Dell motto ("A Dell Rat must be Brave, a Dell Rat must Behave"). (I bet the 'behave' part was a tough one to stick to at times, no?)
    Was that you with the basketballs? And how on earth was that shot taken from above the basket? That was very cool!

    I'm thinking you were the baby in that last photo, above your high school photo, right?

    And I love that you have a shot of the graffiti on the wall. I laughed out loud when I read that someone had written 'schmuck' on the girl's skirt! That cracked me up!

    I'm anxious to hear what's in store for the next decade of your Shady Dell blog. I hope you're not retiring...

    Again, a very hearty congratulations on this fabulous milestone. I have learned a lot from you about music and other things over these last few years (I can't remember how long we've been in touch...). You've done a tremendous job bringing (back) to life the fun times at York's Shady Dell and introducing us to so many wonderful folks from there.
    Wishing you many more years of blogging fun!

    Hope you're enjoying your Sunday.

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Hi, Michele!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you for coming by on your Sunday and joining the celebration as I observe ten years of publishing Shady Dell Music & Memories!

      You are a great friend for taking the full ride in real time and experiencing the picture montage in sync with the words of the song, then going back later to examine individual pictures. That's greatly appreciated, Michele! I am also delighted to know that you favor Jackie Trent's version of "Goin' Back." It is my favorite, too. The lyrics are slightly different in the Collins version. The first time I heard Jackie sing the song, I knew it would be used as the music bed for my poor man's video in this 10th anniversary piece. The song explains what is in my mind and heart and why I choice to become a blogger in the first place. I love to "go back" and remember life the way it used to be, at least the good aspects of it.

      That newspaper with the headline "Good Clean Fun" is dated October, 2011. Around that time the renovation of the Dell was in full swing, its owners the Deroches going to great lengths and considerable expense to make sure the Dell was saved from the wrecking ball. In 2012 the work was completed and an open house was held. The Dell was sold that year and, shortly thereafter, the historic dance hall, barn and garage were all torn down by the new owners, a terrible loss for original Dell rats.

      I emailed Kathleen Mae Schneider and told her you are wondering why there wasn't much smiling in those old pictures of her mother Margaret and her siblings. I don't have the answer. Perhaps Kathleen does. If so she might leave a reply for you.

      I didn't want to put too many captions on the pictures in this post because I was afraid people would be tempted to stop and read them and lose their place in the song. To answer your question, all of those pics of a boy are me at various stages of my childhood from a baby to a teenager including the one in which I am feeding a cow in my aunt and uncle's farm pasture and the ones of me playing basketball. The closeup of the baby in the picture just above Shady Del Knight is not me. It is the oldest known picture of Margaret Schneider, taken when she was one year of age shortly after her family moved up the hill and occupied the brand new house that became known as The Shady Dell. The image is a detail of the picture above it which shows Margaret and her siblings on the Dell's back porch in 1913.

      Thank you again for making time to come over on your weekend and write this marvelous comment, dear friend Michele. It has been a great pleasure to entertain and inform you for more than three of my ten years as a blogger. I am so glad you were here on this special occasion. I also hope you will drop back in this coming Thursday when I make the long awaited (and dreaded) announcement about the future of SDMM. Thank you, dear Michele!

    2. Kathleen Mae SchneiderJuly 22, 2018 at 4:50 PM

      Hi Michele. I also wondered about facial expressions on old pictures when I began writing my family history. Myriad sites online state reasons that go from everything such as people not wanting to reveal rotting teeth (a common problem in past centuries), to longer exposure times needed in early photography that made it hard to hold a smile for more than a few seconds. Experts now refute those theories. They claim it all comes down to cultural norms of the time.

      Before the turn of the century, it was expensive to have one's likeness recorded in either paint on canvas, or by camera. It possibly was the only one in a person's lifetime. The following explains the prevailing opinion back then of smiles in such settings:

      "By the 17th century in Europe it was a well-established fact that the only people who smiled broadly, in life and in art, were the poor, the lewd, the drunk, the innocent, and the entertainment."

      In a letter to the Sacramento Daily Union, [Mark] Twain wrote, “A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.”

      Researching it further, I found two other reasons why this opinion changed. With the advent of motion pictures in the 1920s and 30s, movie stars smiled broadly on posters advertising the features, thus popularizing a new way for common persons to pose for their picture to be taken. Kodak helped make photography available to everyone, not just professionals, by inventing easier-to -use cameras, giving rise to the snapshot.

      If you look at the pictures of my mother that Tom included on this post, you can see this transition taking place in her lifetime. She smiled as a one-year-old baby, but was no doubt instructed to look serious for her "big bow" pictures as a young girl. Then she wore a big smile on photographs taken of her as a young woman, especially those taken with or by my dad!

      I hope that provides an answer to your question. Here is a link to a site that explains all of this much better than I just did, if you want to dig deeper.

      Thanks for adding your thoughtful comment to this post. It is good to have you here for the celebration!

    3. Thanks so much Tom and a big Thank You to Kathleen too for that very interesting information on why folks didn't smile in pictures way back when! I sure appreciate the info and the link you shared Kathleen. I have wondered and pondered that question for years! It's quite exciting to finally have an answer! Over the years when I've looked at the photos my family has of grandparents and great-grandparents and other old family members, I've often assumed that some of the people pictured must have been mean or nasty or grumpy from their very stern looks on their faces. "Resting bitch-face" comes to mind. haha

      But seriously, no one ever looked happy in those photos and that nagged at me and made me sad really. I often mentioned that to my Mom and she'd say, "Those were rough times back then. A lot of them didn't have much to be happy about..." But c'mon, everybody couldn't have been miserable, right?
      So, mystery solved! Many thanks Kathleen!

      Enjoy the rest of your week, both of you, Tom & Kathleen. Stay cool! It's blistering hot here...

    4. Hi, Michele!

      Nobody solves mysteries better than our Kathleen Mae Schneider, and that's why I have considered her such a great asset to Shady Dell Music & Memories over the last six years. Isn't it interesting to know that it was once considered inappropriate to smile in pictures, that is was considered a sign of being drunk or simpleminded?

      It is one of the hottest days of the year here, too. I hope you and your dog clan keep cool. Thanks for returning to check on Kathleen's reply, dear friend Michele. I hope to see you back here tomorrow when I will lay my cards on the table. Take care, dear friend!

    5. You will lay your cards on the table and I'll ante up! I'll have to see what you have first though before I decide if I want to raise or not...

    6. Ha! I'm getting ready to roll the dice this morning, dear friend, taking a gamble and hoping it pays off. See you later in the day, dear friend Michele! :)

  16. WOW !
    Ten years. What is so interesting to me is what amount of research you put into every post.
    Todays post was wonderful time capsule to enjoy.
    Happy Ten Years. Let There Be Cake !

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi, Gayle!

      Thank you very much for being here this week for my celebration of ten years as a blogger!

      I'm delighted that you enjoyed "Goin' Back" with me and seeing highlights of the blog's ten year life span. It was a decade of change, growth (and growing pains), exciting surprises, solved and unsolved mysteries, triumphs and tragedies, teaching and learning, sharing and caring and, of course, music and memories.

      If there's cake, I'm sure your hungry square dog Winston will want a slice. :)

      Thank you again for your loyal friendship and support, dear friend Gayle. Enjoy the rest of your week and try to join me again Thursday for... (drum roll)... "the big announcement." Take care!

  17. I think anyone who turns over 100 years old should totally get a huge Hershey's bar and have her/his picture taken with the number of years stickered on the wall. Congrats on blogging 10 years!

    1. Hi, JEN!

      Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I am pleased to have another author of children's books taking an interest in "The Little Blog That Could," this week celebrating its 10th birthday.

      I see you spotted Margaret Schneider in this anniversary post. Margaret, nicknamed "The Oldest Living Dell Rat," was a member of the first family to live at the Shady Dell on the south side of York, PA. Margaret's father built the Dell in 1912-13 and the family moved in when Margaret was a year old. In the mid 20th century The Shady Dell evolved into a juke joint for teenagers, my favorite hangout in the 60s. Margaret lived more than 105 years and left us last May (2017).

      Thank you very much for dropping by to say hello, JEN. I appreciate your visit and cheery message. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  18. Congratulations, dear Shady! Such a sensational run you've had. Please don't say it's over. How about "Until again,"? I may not have known you as long as the sweet memories your entertaining posts invoke, but gosh, it's as if a favorite star is hinting at winking out. However, this was an exceptional post, my friend. Hugs.

    1. Hi, diedre!

      I am very happy to see you, dear friend! Thank you for coming by and helping me mark this special occasion - 10 years of operating Shady Dell Music & Memories.

      I will obey your wish, diedre. I will not say it's over (in so many words). You will just need to wait and see what I have to express this Thursday. Then you will surely understand what's going on. Fair enough?

      You and I have indeed known each other a good long time, more than three years. Dozens of other friends have come and gone in between, and therefore I want you to know how grateful I am that you stuck with me all this time. It has given me great pleasure to amuse you and inform you. I have certainly learned a lot from you and have always appreciated the opportunity to have my brain massaged at Pensive Pens.

      Thank you again for your faithful friendship and support, dear friend diedre. I hope to see you back here this Thursday when all questions will be answered. Thank you!

  19. Tom,

    First off, congrats on your 10 year blogging anniversary! That's impressive. I know many of the bloggers I started off with eight years ago have dropped out of Blogosphere. I absolutely loved your photo gallery of memories set to mewsic. It was quite touching. I'm afraid of what your next installment will reveal after following the general theme and feel of this post. I don't want to speculate what your news might be so will keep my thoughts to myself for now until I read for myself what you have to share. Thanks for sharing such a tender post to mark such a special occasion, my friend. Have a fabulous day!

    1. One more thing, I forgot to ask is Mrs. Shady in any of these photos?

    2. Hi, Cathy!

      Thank you very much for being here this week as I observe a blogging milestone, the completion of ten years as author of SDMM. This celebration would not be complete without having you, one of the very best friends of my blogging career, here by my side.

      I am happy to know you were touched by the "poor man's music video" I assembled to show highlights of the blog's ten year history. I have my two chief photographers - former Dell owner Toni Deroche and Kathleen Mae Schneider - to thank for providing many of the images you see here. Most of the other pictures are scans from my family albums. No, Mrs. Shady does not appear in any of these pictures. The adult women you see in the post are Helen Ettline, my mother, Kathleen Mae Schneider and her sister Betty and, of course, her mother Margaret at various stages of her long life.

      Thank you again for coming over today and for your loyal friendship and support over the 3+ years I have known you, Cathy. I can't tell you how much I appreciate having you in my corner. The mystery and suspense about the future of SDMM will come to an abrupt end two days from now, this Thursday, so please come back and see me then if possible. Thank you so much, dear friend Cathy!

  20. Oh my. 10 years. 10 wonderful, amazing years of sharing your time with us. Thank you so much dear friend for blessing the internet with your blog.

    I may not always be familiar with the music you play but I do appreciate it. And I love to be taken back years back.

    Beautiful memories. Man, you've lived a good life. To 10 more years!

    1. Hi, Lux!

      I am very happy to see you, my friend around the world! Welcome back to Shady Dell Music & Memories as I mark my 10 year blogging anniversary.

      Your words are very sweet, Luxie, and I thank you. You and I have been friends at least two years, maybe three, and I appreciate your interest. I'm glad you have enjoyed learning about the music I like and other aspects of American pop culture of the 20th century. I have enjoyed learning about your life in the Philippines and all the things that are important to you.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and comment, dear friend Lux. Please take good care of yourself until we meet again!

  21. That was an awesome anniversary post, congratulations on making it and living it. Whatever you decide on the blog, I salute you.

    1. Hi, Chris!

      Gosh, good buddy, I am very pleasantly surprised to see you today, my good friend! It is incredibly generous of you to come by and offer such kind and supportive words. It makes me proud to know that you and I remain friends at the end of the day or, in this case, at the end of a 10 year blogging journey. Your visit is the fitting culmination, the icing on the cake. I'm sure you will take a peek back here on Thursday and read my special announcement, and I am sure you and I will be running into each other in the future on Holli's blog and on Jo-Anne's blog.

      Thank you again for reaching out in this manner, Chris. You have loads of class. All my best to you and Laurie and Scrappy! :)

  22. Wow! That was a heck of a post! Congratulations on ten years. That's a big one! I loved all the pictures–it was like taking a walk down memory lane.

    I'm wondering what your big announcement will be. Hopefully you'll be sticking around the blogosphere!

    Glad I got to see your special post before you moved on to the next one.


    1. Hi, Sherry!

      The gang's all here now that you have arrived! Thank you very much for coming to see my 10 year anniversary post before it gets bumped off the front page tomorrow.

      I'm delighted to know you enjoyed my stroll down memory lane and pictures ripped from the pages of Shady Dell Music & Memories - "The Little Blog That Could" - over its ten year life span, including pictures from the Ettline, Brown, Schneider, Spangler and Anderson family albums.

      I know you are curious about my big announcement. The best way to satisfy your curiosity is to return here tomorrow and check out my next post. Thank you for your faithful friendship, Sherry, a friendship that started in the early 2010s even before we started officially following each other. I appreciate it so much! :)

  23. WONDERFUL!!! This post is so full of wonderful pictures and the music you selected to go with them are perfect. Very well done and detailed and thoughtful. Shady, this post is a masterpiece!! Happy 10 year anniversary. I am sooo glad to know you and follow your blog over the years. I just don't know if you realize how many of us love and appreciate all you do in your blog posts.

    1. Hi, Holli!

      Thank you very much for checking out my 10th anniversary post! It gives me a sense of completion to know that a friend as dear as you reviewed highlights of my decade of blogging on Shady Dell Music & Memories. Finding you in the blogosphere was certainly one of those highlights. I am very thankful to have such an interesting, dog loving, rock loving and deeply caring friend.

      Thank you again for visiting, dear friend Holli, and for your continued support of my blogging endeavors! :)


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