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Chapel Hill in 1972

 by Charly Mann

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Chapel Hill High School Reunion

by Charly Mann

Even though high school is not always the best part of our lives, it is a time many former Chapel Hillians look back on nostalgically. While some of us focused on academics, the majority of people I have spoken to from Chapel Hill High School classes between 1948 and 2006 recall their high school years as a time they were most concerned with just enjoying life, which included the pleasures of the opposite sex, music, alcohol, drugs, and just hanging out with friends. I also found a minority who said their time in high school was hard and they suffered because they could not fit in. While they had some good times in those years, their overall experience was not happy. Thankfully all of the members of that minority who went on to college said that was where the fun began in life for them. Several of these people went on to say that the only reason they look forward to their Chapel Hill High School class reunions was to see if they still hated the same people they did in high school. High school was a wonderful time for me. It was the easiest time for me to make great friends, and I had a lot of time to socialize and not take life too seriously.

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A Chapel Hill Solution to the United States Debt Crisis

by Charly Mann

An amazing collection of political minds have lived in Chapel Hill including U.S. Presidents James K. Polk and Gerald Ford, as well as Robert Welch the founder of America’s most conservative organization, The John Birch Society, who was a gradate of the University of North Carolina and former U.S. senator John Edwards a leading advocate for liberals until his recent troubles. Now our country is in the midst of an acrimonious political debate on how to reduce our onerous national deficit and lift our debt ceiling. Since I resided in Chapel Hill longer than any of these men I figured my political genes must be as acute as theirs, and I figured I could come up with a solution to this crisis.

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Chapel Hill in 1927

by Charly Mann with additional material supplied by Charles Church

While there may not be any future in living in the past, we should not take it for granted either. It is from Chapel Hill's history that we develop our community identity and the heritage we cherish when we walk along the sidewalks of downtown or root for a Tarheel team. In the past few months two of my Chapel Hill friends passed away, one who was 85 and the other 84. This made me wonder what Chapel Hill was like 85 years ago when they came into the world. After doing a few weeks of research and talking to a couple of people who had friends or relatives living in town at that time, I will now describe what Chapel Hill was like in those days.

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A New Novel About Chapel Hill in the 1960s

Pat (Alan) Thompson grew up in Chapel Hill during the tumultuous 1960s and has written a book entitled A Hollow Cup that vibrantly brings those days back to life. The book juxtaposes the racial turmoil of the time with a murder mystery and high school life, and will all resonate with anyone who knew Chapel Hill at the time. The story is largely based on real Chapel Hill people and events, yet as a work of "fiction" almost all the names of people and locations have been changed.

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Chapel Hill High School's Greatest Football Team

by Pat (Alan) Thompson

Bob Culton was inducted into the Chapel Hill High School Hall of Fame in 1991 "in recognition of sports achievement and citizenship." Coach Culton was a man who played a large role in my young life and the lives of many others. It seems like everyone has a hall of fame now, but if anyone ever deserved induction, it was Bob Culton.

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Chapel Hill is located on a hill whose only distinguishing feature in the 18th century was a small chapel on top called New Hope Chapel. This church was built in 1752 and is currently the location of The Carolina Inn. The town was founded in 1819, and chartered in 1851.

 

 

What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.

-- Charles Kuralt

 

 

Dark Side of the Hill -- Pink Floyd, the creators of the most popular album in history, Dark Side of the Moon, took the second half of their name from Floyd Council, a Chapel Hill native, and great blues singer and guitarist. He once belonged to a group called "The Chapel Hillbillies".

 

 

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There would probably be no Chapel Hill if the University of North Carolina Board of Trustees in 1793 had not chosen land across from New Hope Chapel for the location of the university. By 1800 there were about 100 people living in thirty houses surrounding the campus.

 

 

The University North Carolina's first student was Hinton James, who enrolled in February, 1795. There is now a dormitory on the campus named in his honor.

 

 

 

 

The University of North Carolina was closed from 1870 to 1875 because of lack of state funding.

 

 

 

 

William Ackland left his art collection and $1.25 million to Duke University in 1940 on the condition that he would be buried in the art museum that the University was to build with his bequest. Duke rejected this condition even though members of the Duke Family are buried in Duke Chapel. What followed was a long and acrimonious legal battle between Ackland relatives who now wanted the inheritance, Rollins College, and the University of North Carolina, each attempting to receive the funds. The case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court, and in 1949 UNC was awarded the money for the museum. Ackland is buried near the museum's entrance. When the museum first opened, in the early sixties, there were rumors that his remains were leaking out of the mausoleum.

 

 

The official name of the Arboretum on the University of North Carolina campus is the Coker Arboretum. It is named after Dr. William Cocker, the University's first botany professor. It occupies a little more than five acres. It was founded in 1903.

 

 

Chapel Hill's main street has always been called Franklin Street. It was named after Benjamin Franklin in the early 1790s.

 

 



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Chapel Hill High School and Chapel Hill Junior High were on Franklin Street in the same location as University Square until the mid 1960s.

 

 

The Colonial Drug Store at 450 West Franklin Street was owned and operated by John Carswell. It was famous for a fresh-squeezed carbonated orange beverage called a "Big O". In the early 1970s, I managed the Record and Tape Center next door, and must have had over 100 of those drinks. The Colonial Drug Store closed in 1996.

 

 

Sutton's Drugstore, which opened in 1923, has one of the last soda fountains in the South. It is one of the few businesses remaining on Franklin Street that was in operation when I was growing up in the 1950s.

 

 

Future President Gerald Ford lived in Chapel Hill twice. First when he was 24, in 1938, he took a law couse in summer school at UNC. He lived in the Carr Building, which was a law school dormitory. At the same time, Richard Nixon, the man he served under as Vice President, was attending law school at Duke. In 1942, Ford returned to Chapel Hill to attend the U.S. Navy's Pre-Flight School training program. He lived in a rental house on Hidden Hills Drive.

 

 

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