My family and friends have been very supportive of my effort, here. Let me share some of their testimonials…


“Dad, you are an old man.” — daughter, Rory (Jan. 28, 2015)

“This makes us seem very, very old.” — friend, Arnold (Feb. 2, 2015)

“You should say ‘Rest In Peace’ at the end of what you write, because people that want to read it are probably going to die soon.” — daughter, Rory (Feb 3, 2015)

“Do you think other people will want to read these stories?” — wife, Kerry (Feb 3, 2015)

“Your nostalgia website is for old men who missed out on life, dad.” — daughter, Rory (March 20, 2015)

“All your crazy old Byte Cellar geeks don’t even want to hear about your old stories.” — daughter, Rory (March 29, 2015)

“There is a thing called old age — and this website is about it.” — daughter, Rory (May 11, 2015)

“Dad, you know the people who read your blog are just waiting for the sweet, sweet release of death.” — daughter, Rory (Nov. 6, 2015)

“Hey look, honey, there’s a new post comment! From Cindy –” “Wait, someone we know read your post?!” “No, it’s just someone named Cindy.” “Oh, ok [‘whew’ sound].” — my wife, Kerry, and I (Nov 8, 2015)

[Having been told about the nature of new blog] “W h y . . . ?” — mother-in-law, Jan (Nov, 2015)


  1. I too went here on a field trip. We came from Chesapeake to go digging. Like you, we were told to bring digging tools, a bucket, and clothes to get dirty in. I remember going over the HRBT and thinking it was forever long.

    Years later I wanted to return and so I began my hunt. I did learn the name and that it was indeed in Hampton. … only after calling local museums and recalling my trip from years ago. I called several museums, all of which called me back. I had intrigued in them the search for this place. Each phone call held a disappointed tone that it no longer existed. One museum offered to put a trip together to another fossil pit in Nc. if I was interested. It was pretty neat the memories Rices Fossil Pit held.

    Thank you for sharing!
    Annika Palmer

  2. Your blog brings back so many treasured memories…I try to remember all the stores at coliseum mall ,back in 1981/82 time…there was a girls or young women’s clothing store i want to say that started with a k but then the name brooks comes to mind as well. I think the store changed names at one point. I was in 7th grade in 1981. Anyway, just want to say, thanks for posting this, i didnt know if anyone cared ti remember the awesome years back then. I live back in poquoson now…been here on amd off since 1973.

  3. My boyfriend, at the time, and me used to go to the boathouse whenever we could. I remember rocking the house with Blackfoot, and Molly Hatchet, literally. We married shortly after, and 33 yrs later, every now and again we think about the great times we had at the boathouse.

  4. Melissa Williams

    June 10, 2020 at 5:24 am

    I like your posts, especially the one about Coliseum Mall. I can totally relate to your comment that you grew up there. I did too. All those things you talked about: I remember them too.
    I haven’t lived there since 1994, but it’s cool to remember those days.
    Incidentally, I was in a commercial for Santa’s visit to Coliseum Mall way back in 1978 or 79. They even ran it for a few years after. Do you think your connection to those photos might have access to that commercial?

  5. I would like to thank you for taking time to do the research and share your efforts. I “wound up” in Hampton when my dad got out of the Navy.

    Your blog brings back so many memories of the area that it makes my heart smile. Life was simpler, kinder, and happier back then. I get the mom you are an alien when I tell them about albums, cassettes, then CDs were purchased at a music store!

    I try to share stories like this with my kids often as the time we all shared with these memories leaves when we do. We are not getting any younger, 48 this year.

    Thank you again!

  6. You do not show the Eastern Shore on your map. Why? We feel left out.

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