Our Old Stomping Grounds
by Bill Sasser (HHS - '61) of VA
|Historic Hampton and Newport News|
by Bill Sasser (HHS - '61) of VA
Early 1940's Aerial Photo of
Newport News courtesy
Courtesy of Ruth Ann Reece
Horace ('67) of FL - 08/06/14
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CREATE YOUR OWN PERSONALIZED
“OUR OLD STOMPING GROUNDS”
Many of us are
fortunate enough to live on or near the Peninsula; we can visit our old
nostalgic sites any
time we wish. However, other TYPHOONS’ lives have taken them far away. They may have returned rarely
or not at all. They can only imagine what all of their old favorite places look like now.
Oh, sure, we have
captured images of many of the more popular sites and placed them on the NNHS
Web Pages, but what about your old home, favorite gas station, neighborhood drug store … and a hundred
other places that defined your young lives? Just doesn’t seem fair, does it?
Now, there is a way
you can have a current image of any place you want in Hampton Roads. Yes, that’s
right! The Magi-Cam is going “Public”.
Here is how
it works. You send to me by e-mail (email@example.com)
or snail-mail (see address below) one
or more of the following:
· An old image including the address of the site
· The address of the site
· As accurate a description of the site as you can recall ( I need street names, intersections, etc.)
Please limit your
requests to a maximum of five sites until you receive your images. Then you may
In return, I will
capture a digital image of the site you described and send it to you as an
attachment to an
e-mail. If you do not have access to e-mail, then I will create a 4” x 6” glossy print and snail-mail it to you.
If you are pleased with the image, I only ask that you make a voluntary donation to the NNHS Class of 1964
treasury. I am not going to place a dollar value on these images; you may donate what you wish. That being
said … $10.00 per request (maximum of five images) is a nice round number (and keeps our Treasurer from
yelling at me about processing lots of really small checks).
You may make your
donation check payable to “NNHS Class of 1964”, indicate "Custom Images" in the
area of your check and mail it to:
NNHS CLASS OF
P.O. BOX 6387
NORFOLK VA 23508-0387
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/01/05
What an incredibly generous offer! Thanks so much, Dave!
1954 City Directory - Downtown Newport News
1954 City Directory - North End - ADDED 10/28/03
1965 City Directory - Huntington Avenue - ADDED 11/08/03
1965 City Directory - Washington Avenue - ADDED 11/08/03
news: It would seem that our old stomping grounds have been stomped
beyond recognition over the years.
Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/28/03
afraid that the eye of Dave's wonderful camera is set for more
disappointment. Bill's Bar-B-Que is no more! The building is gone!!
There is nothing. Well, not exactly,
sad, that with the rapid passing of time, that we are going
suggest that you add to the list
- Wayne Stokes of VA -
So much has
Stokes of VA - 06/07/03
In visiting "Old Stomping Grounds" today, for the first time
I noticed that you had listed the state of downtown as "Mutilated".
Great description! I guess I had never noticed because most places are simply "GONE"! It just caught my eye for some reason. It is a pity. The city has no problem with building "up" midtown, which is actually saying: we have given up on any effort to revitalize downtown! What a waste!! Waterfront areas that other cities would go to war over to acquire, we simply ignore. Baltimore, as well as Norfolk, could serve as an excellent example of "if you build it, they will come".
The interstate drops right into downtown. Getting there would be no problem. When I win the super zuper lottery, I'm going to buy downtown and make it the place to be! I know it would work. There you have it!
- Wayne Stokes of VA - 04/09/04
In some of the latest images
which Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
has graciously given us, I've noticed with shock and dismay
that many of the newer downtown structures appear to have
been designed and built behind the Iron Curtain - stark, ugly,
and altogether unpleasant.
They seem to have been born in someone's nightmare.
What a shame we cannot awaken.
- Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 04/09/04
"Tears, idle tears, I know
not what they mean,
- Alfred, Lord
(1809 - 1892)
"Always do more than is required of you."
George S. Patton, U.S.
Magical Mystery Tour
- John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Roll up, roll up for the
was redesigned at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 02/22/04
The page was redesigned again on 02/06/05 when it had grown to gargantuan proportions.
Tour" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/15/05
Tour" lyrics courtesy of
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 04/15/05
Thanks again, Dave!
Silhouettes clip art
Construction Sign clip art courtesy of http://gifsnow.com/ - 04/30/03
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