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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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
HELLO STRANGER ..... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Friday, June 19, 2009

John Ettline: Every Dell Rat's Dad

John Ettline never had children of his own; yet, as every Dell rat knows, John would have made a great father.

In winter, John always made sure the barn was warm enough by keeping a blaze going in the fireplace.

If you had car problems when it was time to leave, John was the go-to guy for help.


Windshield needed scraping?

Car buried in the snow?

Your heap wouldn't start, Bunky?

Locked your keys inside your car, genius?

Mr. Ettline was
Johnny-on-the-spot!



Problems at home? John was always willing to dispense wisdom.

John Ettline was like a dad to us all!

Things to know and remember about John:

* John always looked out for the welfare of his family.

* John lived at the YMCA for a period of time with his brother George.

* John had a profound love of horses. He once owned a rare WWII era photograph of Hitler, Mussolini, and some high ranking officers enjoying the company of women. John traded that vintage photo for a picture of a beautiful horse.

* John possessed a photographic memory. He could always match a face with a name.

* John always had his nose in a newspaper. he knew a lot about a lot of things. He was extremely knowledgeable about current events, city, state and local politics, history, and sports.

* John sponsored a number of baseball teams in the York area, providing them with T-shirts.

* John relished the role of host. He loved to entertain, make people feel right at home, and show them a good time. He got a kick out of seeing kids having fun in a setting of his own creation, the Shady Dell.

* John's quiet manner commanded respect. He was loved by family, friends and all of the kids who attended the Dell!

Please play this clip as we honor John Ettline...every Dell rat's dad!



Happy Father's Day, John!

We love you and miss you!

2 comments:

  1. Hey Shady - Thanks a lot for putting Newbeats "Pink Dally Rue" on YTube - I've been looking for it for some time. The Seattle stations played it as much as the hit side in '64, and since I'm a blues/RnB boy I liked it more. Ditto on Their version of the gong gong song: Ikettes version can't be beat, but their cover is fine.

    Nick

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  2. Hey Nick! - Like the Kit Kats, the Newbeats were somewhat handicapped by a nondescript group name. On top of that, their look and sound were fast becoming passe by the mid 60s. Yet Larry and the boys cranked out some excellent recordings, including several killer bees and killer covers. The Newbeats should have had more hits and they deserve all the recognition we can give them today. Thanks a lot for your comments, Nick!

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