YMCA Army Y. M. C. A.
Fort Monroe, Old Point Comfort, VA
YMCA
WAY BACK THEN:
  Army YMCA Pre-1907 1918
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs
('64) of VA - 12/11/05
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs
('64) of VA - 05/24/06
Thanks, Dave!
Courtesy of Dave Spriggs
('64) of VA - 12/11/05
Thanks, Dave!
NOW:
Tuesday, May 22, 2007 Tuesday, May 22, 2007 Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/22/07
Thanks, Dave!
Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/22/07
Thanks, Dave!
Image by Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/22/07
Thanks, Dave!
 


Dave, if you are heading to
Fort Monroe at Old Point Comfort anytime soon to pursue the old Sherwood Inn
that was on the base, kindly take a photo of the
Armed Forces "Y" so it can be added to Our Old Stomping
Grounds
as part of the Fort Monroe page. Sometime back, I wrote a long electronic missive to our
esteemed
Webmistress recalling some great times as a TYPHOON enjoying this facility with its heated
indoor swimming pool and gym. The TYPHOON and Krabbas used to have some great basketball
games on that old court. Guys like
Paul Cowling and Bee Becouveracous from Hampton would show us
their stuff when they took on the guys from "Newpert News" in a game of buckets. I believe it is important
to prove to Carol that this facility really existed before she will consider using the material.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/10/05
 


It's not that I don't believe you, Sweetie; it's just that I'm a lazy bum. If an image or two exists for a page,
I'm not required to think. Thinking is totally against my principles. It's usually painful. Generally speaking,
by the time I actually have such an idea, I've forgotten why I wanted it. And you've caught me at my
laziest season, particularly where thinking is involved....
Thanks, Joe!
 

Funny you should ask for a photo of the Y at
Fort Monroe.  An old post card with an image just
came up on EBay. And, as I was saving it to my HD, I found another one I already had.
That will have to do until I can get there and capture a current image.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/11/05
 

Thanks, Dave!

See, Joe, I'm not always stubborn!  Okay, well, maybe I am always stubborn, but I'm not always unreasonable!  
 


Great timing, and thanks for your message. Please do not run the risk of arrest and detention taking
a photo on government property, which I completely overlooked in my zeal when writing earlier making
the request of a photo. It would be too embarrassing to see a retired Navy Captain being shuffled off
into a Military Police vehicle on the evening news. I am sure Carol will be convinced this fine
structure and outstanding facility existed at
Fort Monroe. Well, maybe not since she can put us some
stiff resistance in the face of almost overwhelming odds.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/11/05
 


Well, there you have me..... 
GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Joe!
 

Many moons ago, Joe asked me to capture some "Now" images to match the "Then" images on the web site. 
That opportunity presented itself today, and here are the results.

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/22/07
 


WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks, Dave!
 

Hi, Dave:

Boy, those images overwhelmed me, as I have not seen those old buildings in such a very long time now.
Thank you for sharing them with me. You did a brilliant job of matching the postcards of old with the current digital image of the buildings at Fort Monroe.

I would almost be willing to bet that Carol no longer has my missive regarding the Old Stomping Grounds contribution I submitted some time ago.

The indoor swimming pool and the inside basketball gym at this "Y" afforded us a chance to play basketball and swim during the winter months and off season of basketball. We used to play "make up games" with a lot of the Hampton Crabber basketball players who visited this fine facility.

It kept me in fine shape swimming, so I would be ready to go to work when the "Rec" swimming pool opened for the summer. I did the swimming to stay in condition, but little did I know back then that one admirer (Kathy Pilgrim Clark - '63) thought of me as an "Adonis" and that came as a shock after so many years, and I still get a kick out of it.

Moreover, the "Y" was a place where hungry young Civil Air Patrol, USAF Auxiliary Cadets could find some inexpensive snack food after attending weekly meetings held at Fort Monroe. The CAP also kept their aircraft at Fort Monroe so it was one of the Old Stomping Grounds for Harry Covert, Fred Hayman, Russell Gary Stephenson, and me when we would go flying on weekends. The CAP provided Search and Rescue missions and we were Observers and trained there. Our meals were often taken at this Armed Forces YMCA, so it has a special place in my memory of our youth.

Thanks for the memories!

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 05/22/07
 

In regards to your earlier missives - well, there you no doubt still have me.....  GIGGLES!!!  Thanks, Joe!
 

Y.M.C.A.

(Village People)
 

Young man, there's no need to feel down.
I said, young man, pick yourself off the ground.
I said, young man, 'cause you're in a new town
There's no need to be unhappy.

Young man, there's a place you can go.
I said, young man, when you're short on your dough.
You can stay there, and I'm sure you will find
Many ways to have a good time.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal,
You can do what about you feel ...

Young man, are you listening to me?
I said, young man, what do you want to be?
I said, young man, you can make real your dreams.
But you got to know this one thing!

No man does it all by himself.
I said, young man, put your pride on the shelf,
And just go there, to the y.m.c.a.
I'm sure they can help you today.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal,
You can do what about you feel ...

Young man, I was once in your shoes.
I said, I was down and out with the blues.
I felt no man cared if I were alive.
I felt the whole world was so tight ...

That's when someone came up to me,
And said, young man, take a walk up the street.
There's a place there called the y.m.c.a.
They can start you back on your way.

It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.
It's fun to stay at the y-m-c-a.

They have everything for you men to enjoy,
You can hang out with all the boys ...

Y-m-c-a ... you'll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a ... you'll find it at the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, there's no need to feel down.
Young man, young man, get yourself off the ground.

Y-m-c-a ... just go to the y-m-c-a.

Young man, young man, are you listening to me?
Young man, young man, what do you wanna be?


(This page was created 12/12/05 - at the repeated suggestion of Joe Madagan - '57 - of FL.)


"YMCA" midi courtesy of http://addagirl.com/ at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/27/03
Thanks, Dave!

"YMCA" lyrics courtesy of http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Y-M-C-A-lyrics-Village-People/
33E3D31BDDCE747748256DF20009B2A5
- 06/02/04

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