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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Ringo with Barbara Eden and Dr. Bellows

Possibly my favorite photo of all time. Ringo Starr, Barbara Eden, and Hayden Rorke (Dr. Bellows from 'I Dream of Jeanie') at Studio 54.
If I ever went to a discotheque in 1975, this is the group I would want to be with.

Jim Backus also showed up

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Found this phrase amusing

She had nice hair, but "not the sort of hair you would like to find in your soup"

Have never read that before.  How fast will this travel on the Internet?  It's 9:56PM Wapella time.  Will monitor.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Shake it like your Momma used to

There are some expressions from Wapella, that are heard pretty much nowhere else in the world.  As in the above.  Just Google'd and does not show up.  Giving this 30 minutes and seeing if it shows up, where it belongs.


Only took a few minutes to find this 1 important result on the internet

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Wapella Man Retains Faint Mustache

Despite many reports to the contrary, Wapella native Francis Greene still has his mustache.  Greene, the tall guy in the back row pictured here, is a longtime mustachioed man and all around good guy.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sold! Good deals in Wapella

Good deals to be had in Wapella, courtesy of Ralph Yates.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Portal of St. Patrick's

The portal at St. Patrick's in Wapella looks really good.  Gives the impression you are entering the Heavenly City, which sticks with you as you are in Wapella, the greatest place on Earth.

Here's a few snapshots of the doors.  More to come.

Here is more detail of the Stained Glass

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Is Wapella a New York Giant Town?

Got this article from Lawrence Hedrick, which is one of the most interesting things I have read about Wapella Baseball in a long time. Hall of Fame Pitcher for the New York Giants, Carl Hubbell's parents lived in Wapella, and the baseball field was named Hubbell Field. Lawrence is Carl's second cousin.

Carl Hubbell New York Giants (1928–1943)

Win–loss record 253–154
Earned run average 2.98
Strikeouts. 1,677
World Series Champion 1933

Hat Tip to Francis Powers for bringing this up a year or so ago.

Friday, January 9, 2015

ISU Redbirds in National Championship

Here we go Redbirds! Cheering for the ISU Redbirds tomorrow to win the National Championship

Redbirds in NFL Here

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Wapella.com Mourns the Passing of Coryla Riddle

Coryla L. Riddle, 78, Normal, died at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 20, 2013) at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center, Normal.
Her funeral was Monday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. The Rev. Jim Probst officiated. Interment was at Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton. Visitation was Monday at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton. Memorials may be made to Lexington Public Library.
She was born in Wapella on April 16, 1935, daughter of Albert Morris and Agnes Bray. She married Donald G. Riddle on Aug. 21, 1955, in Wapella.
Survivors include her husband, Donald G. Riddle, Normal; children, Jeffrey Riddle, Downs; Eric Riddle, Downs; and Julie (the late David) Freed, Towanda; six grandchildren, Deandra Riddle, Heyworth; Craig (Sarah) Riddle, Heyworth; Benjamin Freed, Towanda; Dylan Freed, Towanda; Sara Freed, Towanda; and Skip Riddle, Downs; two great-granddaughters, Ava and Alia Riddle, Heyworth; and sister-in-law, Donna Morris, Wapella.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Wayne and Loren; and sister, Darlene Harpenau.
She was affiliated with Eastview Christian Church.
Coryla worked at the Lexington Public Library. She enjoyed her family and was a loving grandmother who enjoyed spending time with them.
A fine lady, Coryla will be missed by her family and friends in Wapella and elsewhere.

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