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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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Comments:

Stanley V      10:00 AM Tue 8/30/2011

Pat,

I just found out about your book from Cheryle last evening. It's next on my list.
 

Pat Thompson      7:41 PM Mon 8/8/2011

Bill, thanks for the comments. I'm glad you enjoyed it!
 

Bill A      2:12 PM Fri 8/5/2011

Pat,

Completed "A Hollow Cup" last evening. Interesting read, loaded with time/place leaps keeping readers on their toes! Not clear on why you use fictitious street and town names along side actual names of structures - Lenoir Hall, for instance. Feel certain you must have had a good reason.

To me the quality of your writing improved as the book moved along; suspect that is a good thing in a first novel! Here and there I had some difficulty knowing which character was speaking - but perhaps that is just me. The net effect is a good read - and one that did take me back in time on a regular basis.
 

Robert H      10:44 PM Fri 7/15/2011

Just finished it and loved it. Got caught up in the descriptions of place and our adventures growing up but loved the drama of the story as well. Lots of twists and unforseen turns in the plot line that I didn't expect. I hated to finish it as I became involved with the characters and the story and didn't want it to end. Guess I'll just have to read it again! Check it out, I think you'll like it too!

 

Pat Thompson      3:27 PM Tue 7/5/2011

Bill, thanks. You're right--Ulysses will take a while.
Richard, thank you as well. If you read it, let me know what you think.
George, Lucinda is indeed my sister. She's the educated one in the family--two master's degrees and a doctorate. Married to a lawyer, she has two grown children and lives in a small town just south of Lexington, KY.
 

George Coxhead      12:46 PM Tue 7/5/2011

Pat, I look forward to buying and reading your book. Did you have a sister in my class, '70 named Lucinda? If so, could you update me on where and how she is doing? I remember her in 9th grade as extremely charming and interesting, but lost track of her. No one at our 40th reunion whom I asked, knew anything about her. Glad to know about your literary project.
George Coxhead Jr
 

Richard Moody      10:06 AM Tue 7/5/2011

Wow Pat, I had no idea you were a writer also. My son, Matt, actually saw this on a site called Chapel Hill Memories. Sounds very interesting, especially for those of us who grew up in Chapel Hill. I wish you well with the book. I can't imagine any Chapel Hill native not wanting to read it. Hope you and family are well. If ever in town, give us a yell.

Good Luck,

Richard
 

Bill A      11:37 AM Mon 7/4/2011

Pat,

While I'm not enamored by all things Chapel Hill, do have more than a passing fondness for the town, its environs and a certain state university located there. Based on the teaser posted, plan to pick up a copy of "A Hollow Cup" and give you some feedback after completing. I have a couple of other books "open" right now but should be able to complete one of them soon, making room for your novel. The second novel, "Ulysses", will take a little longer!

Congrats on being published!
 

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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.

 

 

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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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