South Mallory and East County Streets, Phoebus, VA 23663

  Summer 1982 Monday, August 23, 2004  
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 08/19/04
Thanks, Dave!
Image by Elizabeth Lankes
(HHS - '71) of VA - 01/25/05
Thanks, Elizabeth!
 Image by Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 08/23/04
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 08/19/04
Thanks, Dave!

OK, Dave, What was the name of the movie filmed in Phoebus at the drug store on the corner
of Kecoughtan Road where that road ended in town?

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/19/04, 11:35 AM

NO FAIR!!!  TRICK QUESTION!!  Kecoughtan Road doesn't extend to Phoebus;
it ends at Chapel Street just west of downtown Hampton.
Nevertheless, there was a made-for-TV movie some years ago about the watermen
that was filmed in and around Hampton. Izzat what you are thinking of??

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/19/04, 6:36 PM

First let me apologize. I am mistaken about Kecoughtan Road.
I was thinking to U.S. Route 60 (Maybe???)
The name of the movie was "King Crab", if I am not mistaken. It has been years.
Fulton's was the name of the pharmacy on the corner.
I just do not remember the name of the intersecting streets in Phoebus.
It has been too many years. It was a made for TV movie, and it was about the watermen.
I seemed to recall a lot of the watermen took meals at Fulton's.
So, it was a trick question, but it was not intentional...or was it?

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/19/04, 8:36 PM

“King Crab”, a 1980 TV movie, was indeed filmed in Hampton:


   Joe, I am amazed at the details you’re able to remember after being away for forty-eleven years! 
I think we can certainly excuse you an occasional flub.
Thanks for the fun!

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 08/19/04 - 9:02 PM

Thanks, Carol:
Of course! I felt compelled to know the answer before putting it forth to Captain Dave.
It was not a trick question, but I did throw him a curve by giving him the name of the wrong street.
This would have been a great trivia question about the Virginia Peninsula.
But considering it was in Hampton or better yet, Phoebus one might be accused of quartering the enemy..."Crabbers".
They sure had some great basketball teams as well a Football.
Paul Cowley of Hampton Basketball fame will never be forgotten by the Typhoon.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/19/04, 9:09 PM

Ahhhh, now we are getting somewhere. When you posed your question initially,
I suspected that you were referring to FULLER'S, formerly at the corner of Mallory and East County Street.

It was a long time favorite of the locals, made even more famous by its clever logo,
"Eat Dirt Cheap at Fuller's". 
It was demolished some years ago to the sobs of many old and loyal customers.
Their mustard was so beloved that the brand name lives on in a product available locally.
Nostalgically yours,
Cap'n Dave

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/19/04, 10:15 PM

OK folks,
I'm very impressed that some of you dye-in-the-wool Typhoons had some nice things to say about the Hampton folks.
Yes, I was a Typhoon ('70 - '72), but I also attended Thorpe Jr. High School in Hampton
and am very proud of that old downtown school as well.
I do remember the movie "King Crab" being filmed in Hampton and the wonderful scenes around Crab Town.
As a note, with my brother and sister being both Crabber Grads,
the Turkey Day football game was always a sour point of contention in the family.
As a second note, my father was a NNHS Typhoon grad - class of '34! Or should I say "Shipbuilder"!

- Brian Beachum ('72) of VA - 08/19/04, 10:16 PM

Captain Dave Does It Again!!!
FULLER'S (Not Fulton's). Well, I was close, but you are a mind reader...
even when the mind does not have good recall of the facts.
Carol: Looks like we found another Stomping Ground!
Great place to eat, inexpensive, setting for a TV movie, and their famous mustard.
That has to be a Stomping Ground item.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/19/04, 11:23 PM

Oh, absolutely!

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 08/20/04, 8:46 AM

And here is Fuller's site in 2004 to compare with the one that is already up. 
(See center image above)

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/23/04, 5:56 PM
OH, my, Dave - what a gorgeous image of such a mutilated scene!  Thanks!

I was sure shocked when I opened the photo (taken by Dave Spriggs on 08/23/04).
As my little 3 year old granddaughter would say, "What happened?"
I suppose the upkeep and taxes were too much.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/23/04, 7:25 PM

Hi, Fellow Nostalgia Enthusiasts!

I found a photo of Fuller's Restaurant in Phoebus, taken in the summer of 1982...
 Some of the signs are hard to read in the small scan.
It says "The Famous Fuller's Since 1901" and "Every Day at Holiday in Fuller's."
And of course the "Stop! Eat Dirt Cheap" that we all remember.
I can only remember eating here one time in the late 70s or early 80s.
They had good iced tea and a very cool antique pressed-metal ceiling.

- Elizabeth Lankes (HHS - '71) of VA - 01/25/05
Thanks, Elizabeth!

Mean Mr Mustard

- The Beatles

Mean Mister Mustard sleeps in the park,
Shaves in the dark
Trying to save paper.
Sleeps in a hole in the road
Saving up to buy some clothes.
Keeps a ten bob note up his nose,
Such a mean old man, such a mean old man.
His sister Pam works in a shop,
She never stops, she’s a go getter.
Takes him out to look at the Queen,
Only place that he’s ever been.
Always shouts out something obscene,
Such a dirty old man, dirty old man.

"Mean Mr. Mustard" midi and lyrics (from The Beatles Abbey Road album) courtesy of

at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/20/04, 7:00 AM,
and with the kind and patient assistance of my #5 son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 08/20/04, 5:34 PM.
Thanks, Dave - and Nathaniel!

"I second the Motion for 'Mean Mr. Mustard'."
- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/20/04, 7:05 AM

Fancy Purple Divider Bar clip art courtesy of http://www.bravenet.com - 08/20/04

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