Since I was a young boy growing up in Chapel Hill I found writing and receiving personal letters the most engaging and irresistible form of communication. Over more than five decades I have written and received more than 4000 letters from Chapel Hill friends and relations. I have kept every letter and card I have ever received, and have recently scanned copies of all of them which I now enjoy reading on my iPad. They provide a fascinating historical record about Chapel Hill's past which I will give an overview of in this article.
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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.