Mary Evans Ellinton
#680 Aug 16, 2012
Gus Samara worked for my father, Peter Evans, the Duncan Yo Yo Sales Manager, Gus was very skilled at playing the top but also very talented at carving beach scenes reminescent of his country, The Philipines. What was the town where you remember seeing him at Murphy's? Did you play yo yo and enter contests? It's amazing that you remember his name. Please reply. Thanks, Mary
The south of america

Miami Beach, FL

#681 Aug 18, 2012
Mary Evans Ellinton wrote:
Gus Samara worked for my father, Peter Evans, the Duncan Yo Yo Sales Manager, Gus was very skilled at playing the top but also very talented at carving beach scenes reminescent of his country, The Philipines. What was the town where you remember seeing him at Murphy's? Did you play yo yo and enter contests? It's amazing that you remember his name. Please reply. Thanks, Mary
I was a huge fan of Gus Samara. All of my friends and I were yo-yo crazy and Gus Samara was the king. I saw him at G.C. Murphys at Willow Oaks "mall" in Hampton, Va a couple of times, and he appeared at other places as well I think. I had a purple Duncan Imperial and a Butterfly model. Fun times.
Sid tremecl

Poquoson, VA

#682 Aug 18, 2012
White people, there were once white people in Hampton.
Zada

Manteo, NC

#683 Aug 30, 2012
fran wornom wrote:
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my friend is Smitty, the kids now run the place and Smitty just kicks back and enjoys life. don't member now exactly where Rich's was but think it was owned by Jimmy Rich, an independent local grocery chain owner. Marinade recipe for Ranch House skirt steak: full bottle of A-1, squeeze juice from 1/6 fresh lemon, grate one big garlic clove, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard, mix all up. Beat up the steak and poke it with a fork thoroughly.Put steak in shallow pan and marinate, turning, no less than overnight. has to be grilled. fire
I remember all of this! My parent's were friends of Jimmy Rich. Does your Mom remember Sherwood Pharmacy, too?
Wht Phantm

Virginia Beach, VA

#684 Aug 30, 2012
One of the 100 white kids going to Phoebus. Gotta love busing.
Wht Phantm

Virginia Beach, VA

#685 Aug 30, 2012
Rev Ike wrote:
Us blacks tookover Hampton and changed Dixie Hospital name cuz it was racist.We even tookover Hampton High, 98% black and then we moved on up like Weezie & George by renaming Hampton Institute to a university so eorge Bush the first gave us millions.
We integrated all the white schools that are now closed and / or title one. Hampton shore has come a long ways. Hope Alive. Yes we can. Hampton is on the upturn.
Yet there still exist Robert E Lee elementary school.
Yes George and Weezie moved up to the towers, but the tower was in Lincoln Park.
Wht Phantm

Virginia Beach, VA

#686 Aug 30, 2012
Hancock wrote:
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Thanks, Jim. You may have pegged it. I remember the show (in reruns, of course) and the Bonanza steak place on Mercury is clear in my memory, too. So, that must have lasted until about '76 if not longer. Seems there was also a place called Ponderosa.
The flyover at Coliseum Mall was always a thrill for me. Whenever we'd round that turn, I knew something good and fun had to be waiting in that mall. Often, that was nothing much more than watching all the girls walking around the mall. It seems the peninsula has always had more than its fair share of cuties!
Remember when white people would go to Colesium Mall and shop before the thugs started terrorizing the place.
Stones Sukr

Virginia Beach, VA

#687 Aug 30, 2012
The Rolling Stones no kidding last concert at the Colesium.
Stuart Seattle Washington

Seattle, WA

#688 Sep 1, 2012
Thank all of you for the wonderful memories - and Bungles the Clown! My mom and dad took me to see him. Bungles arrived in a helicopter in a large parking lot. My father was stationed at Langly in1968 and though I was quite little I have good memories. I remember next to the McDonnalds on Mercury Blvd was a local fast food place called Carols. Anyone remember that?
Is the Giant Open Air Market still there? I remember a big arch.
Thanks all of you - I'm a big nostalgic now.
raytobe

Hampton, VA

#689 Sep 1, 2012
Stuart Seattle Washington wrote:
Thank all of you for the wonderful memories - and Bungles the Clown! My mom and dad took me to see him. Bungles arrived in a helicopter in a large parking lot. My father was stationed at Langly in1968 and though I was quite little I have good memories. I remember next to the McDonnalds on Mercury Blvd was a local fast food place called Carols. Anyone remember that?
Is the Giant Open Air Market still there? I remember a big arch.
Thanks all of you - I'm a big nostalgic now.
Just want to remind you folks about the facebook page "you grew up in Hampton Va if..,". All these things are discussed regularly. 11,00 members.
john buchanan

Houston, TX

#690 Oct 6, 2012
What can i say living in wythe in the 50s- 60s was great.
Tammy

Virginia Beach, VA

#691 Oct 11, 2012
Russ McCullough wrote:
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Copeland Park had three sections. The last remaining section was on the SW corner of Briarfield Road and Aberdeen Road. There was a section just south of there running to about where the free way now crosses Aberdeen. In that section they left the old roads for the old houses that were torn down after the war (WWII). In that section was the Copeland Park Elementary School. It is now gone as well. The location is in the south part of what is now the Copeland Industrial Park. The 3rd section was the first to be torn down and it was south of Briarfield Road and east of Aberdeen a couple of blocks. Copeland Park was built in WWII to house all the extra workers needed for the then called Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. I grew up on a street called Briar Drive off of Briarfield Road just 3 blocks east of Aberdeen from 1957 - 1969. I attended Copeland Park Elementary, Thorpe Jr. High, Thomas Eaton Jr. High and Hampton High School. It's been so many years, I can't remember County Line Road. Glory Days!
Russ,

I do not know if you will even get this because its been 2 years since your post. But, here goes:

My father lived a short time pre-1950 in Copeland Park. Grandpa moved the family there and

worked in the shipyard. Grandpa had moved out of Appalachia coal mining for a better life for his family.

I'm in VA Beach on Business and decided why not swing by and see where my dad lived as a lad. He too attended C P Elementary. Dad could not remember directions (he's now 76) so I decided to google search and found your post. He took me there once as a teenager so I have a vague memory of vacant land with the remnants of horse-shoe shaped streets.

Dad says the houses were quads, duplex's and tri-plexs. "Cheap" government housing. Nothing but plywood exteriors! Ha!

Well, Hope you actually see this post. I really appreciate your post!
joe

Asheville, NC

#693 Dec 1, 2012
Highs ice cream store on mercury boulevard where my father met lawrence welk
joe

Asheville, NC

#694 Dec 1, 2012
oh yea, the last elvis concert in the collseum
Fmr Hamptonian

Yorktown, VA

#695 Dec 1, 2012
Wht Phantm wrote:
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Remember when white people would go to Colesium Mall and shop before the thugs started terrorizing the place.
blame the HRT for the fall of Newmarket Mall & Coliseum. The malss put tons of HRT stops at both. It was like school crosstown busing. Who wants to be in a mall with ghettos that smell and steal? Stores closed, malls closed or demolished. The End
Fmr Hamptonian

Yorktown, VA

#696 Dec 1, 2012
Tammy wrote:
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Russ,
I do not know if you will even get this because its been 2 years since your post. But, here goes:
My father lived a short time pre-1950 in Copeland Park. Grandpa moved the family there and
worked in the shipyard. Grandpa had moved out of Appalachia coal mining for a better life for his family.
I'm in VA Beach on Business and decided why not swing by and see where my dad lived as a lad. He too attended C P Elementary. Dad could not remember directions (he's now 76) so I decided to google search and found your post. He took me there once as a teenager so I have a vague memory of vacant land with the remnants of horse-shoe shaped streets.
Dad says the houses were quads, duplex's and tri-plexs. "Cheap" government housing. Nothing but plywood exteriors! Ha!
Well, Hope you actually see this post. I really appreciate your post!
Tammy, there are post-CP people who don't recognize Hampton. As for schools, Hampton is the worst school distric in the State. CPE is an empty lot; Lee, Mallory, Merrimack, Wythe, etc closed because they could not read and do Math. Hampton has lost 10,000 residents from 2001-2011. But, thanks for the memories from a former Hamptonian.
Fmr Hamptonian

Yorktown, VA

#697 Dec 1, 2012
Wht Phantm wrote:
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Yet there still exist Robert E Lee elementary school.
Yes George and Weezie moved up to the towers, but the tower was in Lincoln Park.
It's a school for 'Troubled Dropout Junkies' called, "The Campus at Lee" my cousin in Hampton said. Lee Elementary closed in 2010 if I remember & was empty for 2 years. Now the 20 year olds go there.
AFBrat

Norcross, GA

#698 Dec 20, 2012
I arrived in Hampton in 1974, my father having been stationed at Langley AFB. The Air Force brats, along with Army brats from Ft. Monroe, were bussed to Pembroke HS (formerly Phenix HS), an integration project for the state. We (mostly white kids) were a real oddity to the black kids that lived in the industrial park around Pembroke.

Now, as military brats, we didn't really understand the racism of the towns around the American bases we grew up on. Likewise, the black kids at Pembroke didn't much understand us, as we treated them the same as anyone else, which they were not used to. I was saddened by their living conditions, everyone was so poor.

I have some wonderful memories of the area. It's too bad that from the tone of all these posts, it's declined quite a great deal. It's terribly sad to hear the vitriol about the area's apparently now predominately black demographic. From what I recall, the black people there had it stacked against them rather steeply.'Course, 40 years is a long, long time ago.
Charlene

Mechanicsville, VA

#699 Dec 27, 2012
I found this memory ..... my late husband grew up on Eaton and his dad owned the corner grocery store, Shep Wilson.'Looking for anyone who might have known them, or has pictures of the store. Was it near a local funeral parlor??? I can be reached at revchar@comcast.net. Thanks!
Charles wrote:
Just found this site- my memories of growing up in Hampton
Grew up on corner of Syms and Eaton Streets. Getting a Dr. Pepper and bag of peanuts at Wilson Brother corner grocery store for my Grandfather when he came up from South Carolina to visit. Crabbing on the Colonel's nearly inaccessible pier. Catching minnows over the Carter's seawall. Cutting grass around Marvin's huge lot and being careful not to damage his azaleas. My father working at Langley AFB and hearing the wind tunnels at NASA. Friday nights at Buckroe Beach. Smell of the popcorn, hotdogs people laughing. My first girlfriend and walking to Bennie's for a coke. All gone now, including Syms Elementary, Thorpe Jr. High, Langley theater, old town Library and the fleets of fishing boats.
Bobby Montgomery

United States

#700 Dec 28, 2012
I grew up in Hampton from 69-79.What a time it was.I long for those days.Went to Booker,Syms and one year at Kecoughtan.I lived in willow oaks and remember spending all day at the pool and at night on mondays I think they had the pool open.My dad was an officer at langley/NASA and my friends could ride our bikes over the bridge and see him.Everybody in the neighborhood knew everybody and we used to have big parties.Such a different time.It makes me happy and yet so sad.

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