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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!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Marsha! Marsha! Marsha!


No, dear friend. This post is not
about Marcia Brady or jealous Jan.

It is a salute to a

Marsha I like more...


MARSHA HUNT...

one of the greatest actresses of

The Golden Age of Hollywood,

a lady I admire and respect

and today wish to honor.


Marsha began her career as
a model and singer on radio.


She went on to become a fine actress
in films, on stage and on television.


In a notable early role, Marsha appeared
with John Wayne in the 1937 movie
Born to the West aka Hell Town.

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 13:40 MARK!






Marsha had a supporting role in the
1939 comedy film These Glamour Girls
which starred Lana Turner and featured
Ann Rutherford - "Polly Benedict" in
the Andy Hardy movie series.


One of my favorite Marsha movies is
the 1942 crime drama Kid Glove Killer.
Marsha and male lead Van Heflin play
Stone Age CSI's. The chemistry between
them is palpable. The best scenes take place
in the lab as the two work together to solve
a murder case. They flirt a lot, smoke a lot
and exchange clever jargon that includes
"cigarette me," "light me" and "match me."
They even use the lab's Bunsen burner
to fire up their cigs! Start playing the
trailer at the 2 minute mark.

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 2:00 MARK!




Van Heflin died more than 45 years ago.
Marsha Hunt, I am very happy to report,
is still with us, leading me to believe
that at least one of them had the
good sense to quit smoking.


Marsha co-starred with Robert Young of
Father Knows Best and Marcus Welby, M.D.
fame in another 1942 picture, the spy
drama Joe Smith, American.


In 1943, Marsha appeared in the
Mickey Rooney drama film
The Human Comedy.


In 1948, Marsha starred in another
of my favorite movies, the noir
crime drama Raw Deal.


Marsha Hunt was the complete package -
beautiful, intelligent and a great actress -
yet stardom eluded her.


Perhaps Marsha would have enjoyed greater
success if she had bleached her hair and
played the quintessential dumb blonde.


Maybe Marsha would have become a major star
if she had not been blacklisted in Hollywood,
an act that derailed her career for several years.
Marsha's reversal of fortune took place in the
McCarthy Era, the period known as the second
Red Scare. Marsha was denied work after she
joined other actors, directors, writers, and film-
makers in a protest against the actions of the
House Un-American Activities Committee,
a task force created to investigate alleged
disloyalty and subversive activities on the
part of private citizens, public employees and
organizations suspected of having Communist
ties. Marsha's name along with the names of
many other actors, writers, musicians and
broadcast journalists appeared in a publication
listing Americans in the entertainment field
suspected of having Communist ties,
"leanings" or sympathies.

Branded by the tract as a potential
Communist or Communist sympathizer,
Marsha was effectively added to the industry
blacklist. Throughout the early 1950s she was
regarded as box office poison. Marsha found
a way around the problem by turning to the
theater which was not affected nearly as much
by the stigma of the Communist witch hunt.


In the mid 50s Marsha bounced back.
She resumed her film acting career and
branched out into television which
kept her busy well into the
new millennium.


A style icon at the peak of her career,
Marsha published a book on fashion in
1993 titled The Way We Wore: Styles
of the 1930s and '40s and Our
World Since Then.


In later years Marsha became a popular
guest speaker on the college lecture circuit
and continued her lifelong commitment to
activism and support of progressive causes.
Marsha is a humanitarian, a leader in the
fight against global pollution and climate
change, worldwide poverty and hunger.
She is an advocate for the homeless
and the mentally ill.

In 2013, in her mid 90s, Marsha introduced
a song she had written decades earlier titled
"Here's to All Who Love." The song about
love and same-sex marriage was sung
by Bill Jones, cast member of the hit
TV series Glee. The video went viral.




Marsha Hunt is one of my favorite actresses
and so much more. I love Marsha and all that
she stands for. She is an inspiration, a resilient
survivor who overcame adversity. The record
shows she took the blows...and did it her way.


Marsha Hunt is a national treasure.
She is part of the solution. Now
more than ever, America needs
people like Marsha. Hers was
and still is...a life well lived.

"Here's to All Who Love"

and here's to you


MARSHA HUNT

on this your

100th birthday!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Shady Train - Ep. 5: Open Sesame!


BOOTH ANNOUNCER:

Shady Train...


the hippest trip in America!


Brought to you in part by...

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...makers of


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and

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The largest selling products

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And now the host of

Shady Train...

Don Cornelius!


Hi there, you're right on time. Welcome aboard for another raucous ride on the Shady Train. You know the drill. Only the cool kids get in and every tune's a bad mamma jamma.


We are pleased to have with us a talented
group from White Plains, New York, who
will treat us to a classic live performance
of their breakthrough hit for A&M Records,
a pop soul ballad that spent no less than half
a year on the R&B chart. It's a ditty that's
doggone pretty entitled "Secret Lovers"
and they are-- Atlantic Starr!

"Secret Lovers" - Atlantic Starr
(Jan./Feb. 1986, highest chart pos.
#3 Hot 100/#4 Hot Black Singles,
#1 Adult Contemporary, from Apr.
1985 album As The Band Turns)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 16 SEC. MARK!




Nicknamed "Lightnin' Licks" and "Thunder Thumbs," these soulful siblings from Los Angeles scored huge crossover hits in the mid 70s with "I'll Be Good To You" and "Strawberry Letter 23." The dynamic duo is joining us today courtesy of A&M Records and our friends over at Burt Sugarman's The Midnight Special to perform what we're certain will be remembered as one of the great songs of 1980. It's a smooth groove entitled "Stomp!" and they are--- The Brothers Johnson!

"Stomp!" - The Brothers Johnson
(Apr./May 1980, highest chart pos.
#7 Hot 100/#1 R&B, from the
1980 album Light Up The Night,
live on The Midnight Special)





And we are delighted to welcome back an exciting and very funky band from New Jersey. They are here to do the title single from their new album on the De-Lite label, a song that can also be found on the soundtrack of the new hit movie Saturday Night Fever. Their name is Kool and the Gang... and this is a little thing called-- "Open Sesame!"

"Open Sesame (Groove with the Genie)"
Kool and the Gang (Dec. 1976,
highest chart pos. #55 Hot 100,
#6 R&B, from Nov. 1976
album Open Sesame, from OST of
Dec. '77 film Saturday Night Fever)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 17 SEC. MARK!





And from right here in the Windy City comes a lovely and talented young lady who began her career in the late 70s as a background singer and has worked with major stars like Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald, The Doobie Brothers and Celine Dion. With the release of her debut album Virginity on the C.I.M./Epic label, she is now making her mark as a solo artist. Her latest single samples Michael Jackson's Thriller and is guaranteed to get you in the spirit for Halloween. Her name is Yvonne Gage and this is-- "Doin' It in a Haunted House!"

"Doin' It In A Haunted House"
Yvonne Gage (June 1984 single,
highest chart position #45 UK,
from 1984 album Virginity)

START PLAYING VIDEO
AT 40 SEC. MARK!





And let's welcome aboard the Shady Train for the first time a fine group of entertainers from Brooklyn who are responsible for one of the hottest disco funk singles of 1974. The song is entitled "Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)" and they are known as-- The B.T. Express!

"Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)"
B.T. Express (Sept. thru Nov. 1974,
highest cht. pos. #2 Hot 100/#1 R&B)





And look out now, it's the Shady Train gang, the Shady Train line, checkin' out a sound that's one of the baddest things around. It's Colonel Abrams with a biggin' everybody's diggin'-- Baby, you can bet... "I'm Not Gonna Let!"

"I'm Not Gonna Let You"
Colonel Abrams (Feb./Mar. 1986,
highest chart pos. #1 Dance,
#7 R&B, from Aug. 1985
album Colonel Abrams)





And making their debut on the train is a band that has lived up to its name by going through many changes. Formed in Bologna as an Italian-American post-disco act cast in the same mold as Chic and featuring the lead vocals of the legendary Luther Vandross, they have transformed themselves into a dynamic R&B-funk-boogie band fronted by Deborah Cooper, one that has drawn comparisons to The S.O.S. Band. As they join us to do their latest single on the Atlantic label, the title song from their new album Change Of Heart, a great welcome please, gang, for-- Change!

"Change Of Heart" - Change
(Mar. 1984, highest chart pos. #7 R&B,
#17 Dance, from 1984 album
Change Of Heart)





That oughta hold you for a while. Well do it again next time, and you can bet your last money... it's all gonna be a stone gas, honey. I'm Don Cornelius, and as always in parting, we wish you love...peace...and soul!

Monday, October 2, 2017

yOU gOT yOUR tROUBLES - i gOT mINE!


iT tAKES a vILLAGE...


...tO hIDE a sECRET.





sARAH
(sMILE tHOSE tROUBLES aWAY)



nATHAN
(fEELIN' hER & nOBODY bUT hER)



lUCY
iN tHE sKY (tRAPPED iN a bARN)



dUKE
(gOOD gUY fROM a tROUBLED fAMILY)



aUDREY
bY aNY oTHER nAME lOOKS tHE sAME)





lEXIE
 (bAFFLED, bEWILDERED bARMAID)



sARAH-lUCY-aUDREY-lEXIE
(wHOEVER sHE iS, sHE'S a mAINE-IAC)

Image courtesy of mellie-lyn @ DeviantArt




Curious? If so... may I

tROUBLE

you to try watching

hAVEN?


A big thank you to my friend

Cathy Kennedy 


for recommending Haven.

Please sign my petition to have this song
instated as the show's official theme:




Have a Shady day!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Sheldon Sings "I Got Algorithm"





Hello there. As I'm sure you know, I'm Sheldon Cooper, noted theoretical physicist, mentor to famed cosmologist Stephen Hawking, and trusted adviser to Professor Proton and Bill Nye the Science Guy.



I'm a whiz with numbers, statistics and equations. The only figure that's a mystery to me belongs to Amy Farrah Fowler.
(BA-DUM-BUMP)

Shady told me to say BA-DUM-BUMP. I'm pretty sure it means the same thing as BAZINGA, a word I spoke a total of 19 times from season two through eight.

Although, to be completely accurate, I didn't
say BAZINGA at all in season six or seven.

Naturally, the fact that I am a star mathlete
makes me the perfect candidate to present
Shady's arithmetical trivia question.
It's a real brain buster so look out.


TRIVIA QUESTION:

What is the square root of

 19,881?

While you're mulling it over in a
feeble attempt to come up with the
answer, why don't you listen to a
few songs with numbers in the title?

"Two Little Kids" - Peaches and Herb
(Jan. 1968, highest chart pos. #31)





"Deep Six" - Marliyn Manson
(Jan. 2015, highest chart pos.
#8 U.S. Mainstream Rock,
#1 Germany Alt. Singles)





"Seven Little Girls Sitting in the Back Seat"
Paul Evans (Nov. 1959, highest
chart position #9)





"Thirteen Women" 
Bill Haley & His Comets
(May 1954, original A side of
"Rock Around the Clock" single)





"Just Seventeen" - The Raiders
(Jan. 1970, highest chart pos.
#82 Hot 100/#73 Cash Box)





"96 Tears" - The Stranglers
(Feb. 1990, highest chart pos. #17 UK,
#9 Ireland, live on Top Of The Pops)





ANSWER TO

TRIVIA QUESTION

What is the square root of

 19,881?


It's 141...

...and you could have arrived at that figure
simply by adding the numbers in the titles
of the above songs. Now don't you just
feel silly, inadequate, and completely
inferior to yours truly?


I must admit that I rather enjoyed
serving as master of ceremonies.
For years I've tinkered with the idea
of becoming a stand-up comic on the
laugh club circuit. Perhaps it's time
for me to blow this pop stand and
make my mark as a comedy legend.

I'll call myself Shecky Shelley.
Let me try a joke out on you.
Here goes. On his day off, a
physicist put a sign on his
door. What did the sign say?

(Wait for it.)

GONE NUCLEAR FISSION.
(snicker snort, snicker snort)

BAZINGA... er, I mean
BA-DUM-BUMP!

I don't know about you, but I
get a big bang out of that one.
(snicker snort, snicker snort)

Watch the season 11 premiere of


The Big Bang Theory

tonight at 8/7c on CBS!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Do the Math!


Are you a champion mathlete?


Do you understand mathematical equations?


Here's a Brain Buster for you:


The algebraic expression above begins

with the number 4. What does it signify?


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It was a trick question.


The image is upside down

and backward.


Now do you know what it means?


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In March you entered the

BLACKBOARD JUNGLE!


Professor Annalise Keating hosted
a wild and woolly R&B Throwdown rave.
Annalise and her brat pack gave you rhythm.
This coming Monday, my next guest host
will give you algorithm. Can you guess
his identity? Will you be able to correctly
answer his brain-buster quiz question?


CLUE: BAZINGA!


BE THERE!