The LuLac Edition #1520, March 26th, 2011
PHOTO INDEX: OUR "INTERVIEW" LOGO.
A rally in support of the Hotel Sterling was held yesterday. I had the opportunity to talk to a former class mate of mine from King’s who had her wedding at The Sterling.
Q: Your wedding was the first one that I ever got drunk at!
A: Do tell. I remember you did wear a lime green leisure suit.
Q: It was powder blue.
Q: I was 19 and I looked 35 and I drank by color. I was sick as a dog the next morning. But your wedding, why the Sterling?
A: Because it was where my parents got married, it was where I had all my seminal moments as a youngster. Because even though it was the early 70s, the Sterling still had that panache.
Q: I remember the ballroom, were you happy with the wedding as far as the Sterling accommodations went?
A: You bet. The staff was right on target in making sure the event was perfect. And you know there was always a bit of a bidding war between Genetti’s and the Sterling help. At least that’s what I was told.
Q: I heard that the staffs, I’m talking the people that made it a profession alternated between the two places.
A: Oh I’m sure of that.
Q: You are living out of the area, ever tour the facility before it went to pot?
A: I visited a few of my dad’s friends at the Citizen’s Voice. That was back in the mid 80s I think.
Q: What do the kids think of it when you visit?
A: They can’t understand how such a beautiful building went downhill. Now granted we live in Virginia where historic preservation is a virtual way of life but it saddens them to see the condition of it. It’s almost like there is a big hole in part of the visual of my life that they can’t see.
Q: A lot of people feel that way. That’s why there are protests hoping to save it.
A: Let’s hope they do. Somehow.
Q: From your lips to God’s ears.