by Charly Mann
I would like some help with Chapel Hill Memories. From what I understand the population of the United States is 307 million. Of that number 118 million are over 60 and I doubt if they have the energy to write articles about Chapel Hill. That leaves 193 million Americans who can help, however 120 million of those are under the age of 20 and thus do not have the time or experience for this endeavor. That still gives me a pool of 69 million to choose from. Unfortunately 59 million Americans are employed by the government – local, state, or federal, and we all know people who work for the government feel they are already doing their community service with their jobs. So my pool of potential contributors is down to 10 million, but there are also 7 million U.S. citizens serving in the armed forces and these men and women are just too busy protecting our country to help. That leaves only 3 million of you to help. Unfortunately there are one million Americans who are patients in hospitals or committed to mental institutions and they are of no use to me. Finally, there are 1,999,998 Americans serving time in prison, so that leaves just you and me, and I really could use your help writing about the people, places, and events of Chapel Hill's past.
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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.