Sport's Bowl
7400 Virginia Avenue (Warwick Boulevard)
Newport News, VA 23607

FRANK E. & LEE F. CARNEY

THEN: NOW:
 
Monday, August 28, 2006
  Then, on to the bowling alley and Pete's. But not before a quick trip to the Hilton Library to nail down all the street addresses, all Warwick Boulevard: Pete's BBQ: 7328; Bowling Alley: 7400;
Florida Orange Store: 7500.  All survive and are visible in the (above) panorama.
  Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/28/06
WOWZERS!!! Thanks, Dave!
NOW:
Monday, August 28, 2006
And for those who still cannot visualize just where  this is, here is an even wider panorama looking north and south
on Warwick Boulevard, with the Mercury Boulevard overpass to the left
Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/28/06
WOWZERONI!!! Thanks, Dave!
 

Carol,

There were five bowling alleys here in 1945. They were:

Health Center Bowling Alley - 3212 Huntington Avenue 
Mayflower Health & Recreation Center - 33 Darlington Avenue (Phoebus)
Metropolitan Bowling Alleys - 28191/2 Washington Avenue
Sports Bowl - 7400 Virginia Avenue
Wythe Recreation Center - 2200 Kecoughtan Road

The ad for Sports Bowl lists it as the Peninsula's newest center with 24 lanes.
This must have been about the time it opened. The building is still there,
but it now houses a High Point furniture outlet store.

- Mike Leonard ('68) of VA - 03/17/06
WOWZERS!!!  An exact address and everything!  Thanks so much, Mike!


Was telling my wife about these pages today and we both started remembering. She went to NNHS also,
but did not graduate although she later went back and got her GED. She was asking me if maybe someone
out there might have a picture of Pete's BBQ, next to the bowling alley close to the James River Bridge.
She worked there for a while before and after we got married.

- Colin Faison (58) of VA - 08/28/06
Thanks, Colin.  We put our panel of experts to work on this.


Mornin', Gentlemen!

Have y'all ever heard of Pete's Barbeque?? Or for that matter, a bowling alley near the
JRB??

- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC - 08/28/06


Yes to both -- especially the bowling alley -- it was in use for many, many years -- I believe on up into the 1980's or later!
John Murden ('60 - of VA) and I bowled together in a weekly league one summer during college. That would have been
early 60's. It was located on the north side of Warwick Boulevard, maybe 3 or 4 blocks before the
bridge, heading
from downtown NN.

But danged if I can remember the name of the alley right now. I think the owner's first name was Lee?? He was a former
pro bowler, and a great teacher.

- Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 08/28/06
Thanks, Ron!


Carol, et al.

I remember the bowling alley quite well. It was situated on the east side of Virginia Avenue (a.k.a. Warwick Boulevard)
and across from the Naval Reserve Training Center. However, I do not remember Pete's BBQ. The building still stands,
and is/was a furniture store. Many of the buildings north of there were razed during the construction of the Mercury
Boulevard overpass ramps.

Further north and closer to Mercury Boulevard, I do remember a Florida Orange Store. That building may still exist
among the few remaining.

I will be in NN this afternoon for a Committee meeting. I will capture an image of the former bowling alley; the lighting
will be perfect from the afternoon sun.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/28/06
Thanks, Dave!  That will be lovely!


Carol -- Ja! Pete's Barbeque finally popped back into the memory banks. It was next door to the bowling alley,
which I emailed you about earlier. Hopefully the Cap'n was able to get some pix of the building today.

The reason I had trouble remembering it: I didn't like barbecue in those days!! I was only in the place once or twice,
even though I was at the bowling alley many times every year. (I can assure you I have made up for the error of my ways
ever since, concerning barbecue! I have the waistline to prove it!)

Another fact I remember about the bowling alley: it was owned by two brothers, Frank and Lee, the professional bowler
whom I mentioned earlier. (Or was it Frank that was the pro? :-o) ) Still can't recall their last name, or the name of the
alley. The group I usually went with called it "Frank & Lee's", of all things!

I believe Colin said his wife worked there, or at Pete's? Twist her arm to join the Typhoon Nation, and tell us some
memories about the place, so you can include them on the site.

- Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 08/28/06
Thanks, Ron!


Hi, Carol:

I am probably the last to reply to your request. Regret the delay. I remember the bowling alley and Pete's Barbeque,
but know very little about the establishments. Just recall they were across Warwick Boulevard (AKA: Virginia Avenue/
Route 60) from the United States Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center.

Regards,
- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/28/06
Thanks, Joe!


Hi Gang,

A quick trip to the Norfolk Library ... and all is known. From the 1960 Hill's Directory:

Virginia Avenue (It had not yet been renamed Warwick Blvd)

7301 RIVERSIDE AMOCO
7303 NICK ALLEN MOTORS
USN/USMC RESERVE TRAINING CENTER
7311 GLIDDEN PAINT CO.
7315 NATIONAL CASH REGISTER
7320 DOCTOR'S CLINIC (Still there; holds my mother's PCP)
7324 SUBURBAN RULANE GAS CO.
7326 1/2 JIMMY'S OUTBOARD AND LAWN MOWER SHOP
7328 PETE'S BARBECUE
7328 1/2 GEORGE T. NORRIS (I AM GUESSING A RESIDENCE)
7330 STOVER'S MARKET
7332 ROGER'S BARBER SHOP
7332 1/2 ANDREW DUFF (I AM GUESSING A RESIDENCE)
7400 SPORT'S BOWL, FRANK E. & LEE F. CARNEY
7500 FLORIDA ORANGE STORE

I hope that jogs some memories.

TYPHOON Regards,
- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/29/06
Thanks, Dave! You're the greatest!


Three "Atta Boys" for the good Captain!!!
TYPHOON Regards,

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 08/29/06
Thanks, Joe!


I'm proud to say the memory ain't totally gone -- I did get the Frank & Lee part correct! :-o)

- Ron Miller ('59) of NC - 08/29/06
GIGGLES!!! Thanks, Ron!



Penny Lane

Words and Music by Paul McCartney and John Lennon

(The Beatles, Recorded: December 29-30, 1966; January 4-6, 9-10, 12 and 17, 1967)


In Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs,
of every head he's had the pleasure to know.
And all the people that come and go,
stop and say hello.

On the corner is a banker with a motorcar,
the little children laugh at him behind his back.
And the banker never wears a mack,
in the pouring rain, very strange.

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes.
There, beneath the blue, suburban skies,
I sit, and meanwhile back.

In Penny Lane there is a fireman with an hourglass,
and in his pocket is a portrait of the Queen.
He likes to keep his fire engine clean,
it's a clean machine.

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes.
A four of fish and finger pies,
in summer, meanwhile back.

Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout,
the pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray.
And tho' she feels as if she's in a play,
she is anyway.

In Penny Lane the barber shaves another customer,
we see the banker sitting waiting for a trim.
And then the fireman rushes in,
from the pouring rain, very strange.

Penny lane is in my ears and in my eyes.
There, beneath the blue, suburban skies,
I sit, and meanwhile back.
Penny lane is in my ears and in my eyes.
There, beneath the blue, suburban skies,
Penny Lane.
 


(This page was created on 08/29/06.)


Wellllll ..... the key words by which to determine a song: ball, pins, strike,
spare ..... hmmmm, drawing blanks there. Oh, yes one more word: LANE.
A bowling alley is comprised of lanes.
But, what song talks about "lanes"? Only one that I can think of:

"Penny Lane" midi courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/2729/index2.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/18/06
Thanks, Dave!

"Penny Lane" lyrics courtesy of http://www.delta.ro/beatles/lyrics/ppennylan.html
 also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 03/18/06
Thanks again, Dave!


Best I could do at 0015 on a Saturday morning.

And it's perfect, of course!
Thanks, Dave!

Bowling ball and Pins clip art courtesy of http://www.caslt.org/research/bowling.htm - 03/17/06

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