shipyard guy

Hampton, VA

#65 Apr 11, 2009
Yep. That be me. Who dat?
R Weaver Ft Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#66 Apr 23, 2009
Eat Dirt Cheap at FULLER'S!!
Phoebus Kid

Long Beach, CA

#67 May 16, 2009
Donna, you and I must have been in the same time frame as I clearly remember all of this locations. Where has all the time gone?
shipyard guy

Canada

#68 May 16, 2009
Hampton Hobby Shop at Sinclair Circle.
Playing LL baseball for Langley Cabs.
Ridgeway Park on Mercury Blvd seemed huge.
Going to visit Grandma in Wythe. Wythe seemed like a whole different city.
Getting caught by the cops while playing on the roof of Booker Elementary.
Miss Hill in the third grade. Holy smokes, what a babe. Dad took a real interst in my education that year.
Miss Wilson in the sixth Grade; scared to death of her. What a great gal.
Spyder bikes.
Sneaking into the cow pastures on Little Back River Road (always rumors that there was a crazed bull back there).
Skeeta planes from Langley in the summer.
Vague memories of the night the jet crashed in the Fordham neighborhood.
A Dude Like U

Columbus, OH

#69 May 19, 2009
Hey Just Me...I think I got a beating on the same day at SYMS...it was either that or he'd call my dad which would have ended in a lot worse beating. I havn't lived in Hampton since 1988 but I've heard it's gone to the dogs. The things I remember best of the good ole days:

Discovering love during 'Campus Life' in Willow Oaks Shopping Center on Thursday nights...ok...I discovered what it was...doesn't mean I got any...LOL

The Grateful Dead and Gosnold's Hope Park...hippies everywhere...cool/peaceful scene.

Pheobus Little League...played for the bad news braves.

Mr. MacDonald and Ms. Booth...science teachers at SYMS and then Kecoughtan HS

Boykin's Music in Riverdale Plaza, Woody Beckner taught guitar

House of Memories before it moved to King Street

Tree house in the woods between SYMS and Willow Oaks...you could see the water tower above the tree line...it looked like a big mushroom.

All of these people (a couple I have met on facebook):

Steve Sparks
Kevin Sparks
Tony Sparks
Brian Pike
Kevin Pike
Jeff Pierce
Phil Pearce
Stephanie Shields and bros John and James
Bobby Whitehouse
David Whitehouse
Steve Quinley
Scott, Christy and Wendy Green
Donny and Baybro
Jo Rey
Traci Phelps
Ricky Nicholson
Donny Jaromillo
James Kaap
Jennifer and Jimmy Hileran
Jeff and Jennifer Flowers
Will and Beth Wildey (parents owned the donut shop at Willow Oaks)
Sharon Martin
Mike Brochears
Kim Walker and her friend Wynne
Phil Gibson
Jack Wright
David Meigel (think he died)
Mike Huff
John Pritchard
A Dude Like U

Columbus, OH

#70 May 19, 2009
I forget spending the night in the Fossil Pit
Mr. and Ms. McCormick (teachers at Syms and KHS) and Mr. Karachicas slamming me into a locker to straighten me out...Dean Johnny Pauls...bad breath Malloy and Mr. Spears with the massive comb-over.
A Dude Like U

Columbus, OH

#71 May 19, 2009
Other names I remember:

Ashley Routten
Ms. Routten (elementary school teacher)
Ms. Pleasant (elementary school teacher)
Ms. Mooney (elementary school teacher)
Evan Pravett
Steve and Dawn Wilson
Robyn and Cheri Mayo
Toby Monk
Raymond Barefoot
Jennifer Richards
Drew Gentry and the guy Russell who lived around the corner from his house
Paul from "Somewhere in Time"
Chucky Wise

Benevolent Swimmers

Calvin...the big black guy who took a walk around Fox Hill every Sunday to sing jingles to children.
the one

Virginia Beach, VA

#72 May 19, 2009
How about the glazed donuts baked fresh on site at the Giant Open Air? Delicious. My mom would bring home two hot dozen on Saturday mornings.
Westchester Co

AOL

#73 May 19, 2009
Nice areas wrote:
I remember when Hampton was not a crap hole to the peninsula. Those were good times.
I haven't been to Hampton,Va in years. I can believe the Topix posts. I recall it being a really great place, not to big, not too hick. What probably happened was 'white flight.' The whites move out to better locations, self included, next the realtors and banks fill the homes full of bums. Domino effect. More social services, usually built near a government housing, community centers that usually end up, black only. Next I bet the schools followed. Happens in every city.
To those who stayed, great for you. A few places still left, I would love to visit.
SHOE THROWER

Hampton, VA

#74 May 19, 2009
I Remember being ripped off by the hampton city council for personal property tax to pay for that overpriced fishing pier and now they got the nerve to charge $8.00 to fish on it now? well they can stick that pier right up boss rosses fat crack!
Charmednva

Norfolk, VA

#75 May 20, 2009
Common Sense wrote:
Anyone remember the little bar that was on the boardwalk at Buckroe right outside the amusement park, Teaches or something like that?
I sure do remember the bar. My friends and I use to lay out on the boardwalk, right across the street and watch everyone walk out. Remember when you could actually cruise the beach at Buckroe. The little police station on the corner of what used to be called the strip. What memories...
Richards

AOL

#76 May 20, 2009
SHOE THROWER wrote:
I Remember being ripped off by the hampton city council for personal property tax to pay for that overpriced fishing pier and now they got the nerve to charge $8.00 to fish on it now? well they can stick that pier right up boss rosses fat crack!
join the crowd. I remember a payment never getting from the Aberdeen post office to city hall. Late fee of course. Then I remember a fine for a decal that went to the ++wrong++ address.
yellow10speed

Hampton, VA

#77 May 24, 2009
How about "Cookies" at the beach,with fries served in paper cones with malt vinegar.Pier 1's "Peter Rabbit" Room...and foozball.
Pidguy

Hampton, VA

#78 May 25, 2009
Sinclair Circle.
Shakey's Pizza Parlor.
Fass Brothers Fish House.
The original peninsula location of Kentucky Fried Chicken where Harpoon Larry is now.
Thom McCann's shoe store in that huge building that is now Mattress Discounters.
IHOP is hanging in there...
Dr Rowe's dental office next to the Der Weinershnitzel.
rush10me

Newport News, VA

#79 May 25, 2009
super srar wrote:
Yes those were the days ,could you imagine being a kid now? compared to what being a kid was then , remember when willow oaks Jack in the box was the hangout for all the streetcars , when with street tires and closed pipes an 11 second car that hit the scales at 3100 lbs was king ? when ammaco white gas [ 110 octain ] was 225 a gallon . I wouldnt want to to be a teen driver now , heck we used to pile in one car and all chip in just to have gas and beer , nowadays they need a co signer just for the gas . Sad thing is in 30 more years these will be the good old days !
That king was a 67 mustang with a 289 black in color ran high 11s in street trim owned by Donnie Mc Guire in the mid 70s ,the car was still around a few years back owned by the builder dickie harris .
I remember

Norfolk, VA

#80 May 25, 2009
Cruzin' Gosnold's Hope Park on Sunday afternoons (and waiting in traffic for hours!)
yellow10speed

Hampton, VA

#81 May 28, 2009
Yes..the jets' crash of August 1967.
I believe one jet hit the duplexes one street over from Ambrose Lane,a lady and her infant were killed.
Two houses on Old Buckroe Road were destroyed,the foundations remained for years.One of the wheels was embedded in the bowling alley wall on Pembroke Ave.
Our dishes were knocked out of the cabinets way over on Queen Street when it happened.
The second jet went into the Bay,I think both pilots ejected and survived.
Russ McCullough

Huntersville, NC

#82 May 30, 2009
I moved away forty years ago but I still remember quite a lot about Hampton "back in the day." Walking to High's Ice Cream from Emanuel Lutheran School in 1958. There was a fresh seafood store on Pembroke Ave. Riding on CRT buses for $0.15 to Thorpe Jr. High downtown. The HHS football games were held in the stadium next to Thorpe. The old Copeland Elementary School from WWII days painted with more layers of paint than any building in existence! People actually lived in little brown houses in Copeland Park. Thornton's original hardware store on the corner of Briarfield and Aberdeen. It had wooden floors and you could turn in your soda bottles for cash. He sold BB's for our BB guns. Swamp flowers and cat tails growing wild along Newmarket Creek. Gibb's Sunoco on the corner of Mercury Blvd. and Aberdeen. Open 24 hours and had that Sunoco 260 gas for all the hot cars. Riches Grocery Store and several Colonial Stores. Traffic circles at every major intersection on Mercury Blvd. Crusin at night into Shoney's. Leggett's downtown. When Mr. O. E. Ware was principal at HHS. HHS had no a/c and it was plum miserable! Going to Charlottesville for the HHS state basketball championship in 1969.("We're so great, we're so fine, we're the class of 69!") Buckroe Beach Amusement Park at night. Phoebus. Smelling dead crabs everywhere in downtown. Newmarket Shopping Center. Nachman's Dept. Store in downtown Newport News. They still had man operated elevators back then. Sonic booms from Langley AFB. Rocket engine tests at night from NASA. Riding the ferry over to Norfolk before the 1st bridge tunnel. The Times Hearld afternoon newspaper. Sock hops at the old skating rink. Joe Folks the weatherman who used a magic marker to draw out the weather on TV. Parents listened to WVEC radio while we listened to WGH (the Worlds Greatest Harbor). GH had the "top 30" and some of the best DJ's anywhere! I remember Dave Cummins, Gene Loving (he had the "Loving Cup" every afternoon), Bob Calvert (He used to come into Gibb's Sunoco and I spilled gas on him one day when he came in on his motorcycle!) and Roger Clark who hosted the "Night Train of Music" every night. He used James Brown's "all aboard...the night train!" for a promo. For a while GH had a big plywood studio right next to Mercury Blvd. till someone shot out the glass! Hampton was the best of all possible places to grow up in the 1960's! I miss it all...
Pidguy

Hampton, VA

#83 May 30, 2009
McCullough:
I moved away forty years ago but I still remember quite a lot about Hampton "back in the day."....

Good stuff in that write up. Thanks.
Springsteen Forever

Norfolk, VA

#84 May 30, 2009
Russ McCullough wrote:
Joe Folks the weatherman who used a magic marker to draw out the weather on TV. Parents listened to WVEC radio while we listened to WGH (the Worlds Greatest Harbor). GH had the "top 30" and some of the best DJ's anywhere! I remember Dave Cummins, Gene Loving (he had the "Loving Cup" every afternoon), Bob Calvert (He used to come into Gibb's Sunoco and I spilled gas on him one day when he came in on his motorcycle!) and Roger Clark who hosted the "Night Train of Music" every night. He used James Brown's "all aboard...the night train!" for a promo. For a while GH had a big plywood studio right next to Mercury Blvd. till someone shot out the glass!.
Joe Folks made me think about Stan Garvin - was he sports? Remember Bungles and Poop Deck Pappy?
I remember my dad always watched a local show called "Tackle Box". I can't remember the host, but he talked about local fishing. During the day my mom watched "The Mildred Alexander Show". Speaking of WGH, is anyone familiar with this website:
www.alohanews.com/wgh.htm Boy does it bring back memories.

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