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UNC and Chapel Hill in 1965

by Charly Mann

Many people think of the 60s as the heyday of non-conformity and social progress. This is Chapel Hill in 1965 when I was 15. As you can see most guys, including myself, wore madras shirts.

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Bill A      5:16 PM Sun 5/29/2011

I spent Spring Break in both 1964 and 1965 in Daytona Beach, courtesy of my older sister who was married and lived in the area. One afternoon - don't recall which year - while "cruising chicks" on the beach, spotted a tall, very pale guy with recognizable ears walking with a couple of friends towards Miami. Turned out to be Billy Cunningham and entourage, all well into the development of a pretty significant sunburn. I said hi and asked where they were headed. Turns out they thought to the center of town and they could have not been more wrong! Squeezed them into my brother-in-law's VW Beetle and we headed for the beachfront bar they thought was just down the sand - but actually in the opposite direction. Later I stopped by the motel where Billy was staying and met the Van Arsdale twins plus another college basketball player from St. Johns whose name I don't recall. Suspect Billy and friends, with yours truly added, could have successfully taken on any 5 in the area and won handily, with my four new "friends" doing the heavy lifting!
 

edgardo cirera      12:06 AM Thu 8/19/2010

hellow im ed from phillippines

i dont know any of then but i can say that this site means you all are true friens to each other god bless you all and may your friendship last forever!!!!
 

James      11:26 AM Mon 8/17/2009

I loved the girls in their shetland cardigans - and it seemed like they all wore them all the time.
 

Woody Rose      2:14 PM Sat 3/21/2009

I would have never believed college students looked like this unless I actually saw these photos - and in the 1960s no less.

 

Jacky M      7:56 PM Fri 3/20/2009

I think I'll have a party where everyone has to come dressed like the frat guys and sorority gals in your photo.
 

Ann Laughler      7:39 PM Thu 3/19/2009

I agree that the men were sexier in those days. However, even though I am a woman, I have to admit that the women were much more attractive as well, in their dresses and with their hair done up nicely. And no one is overweight!
 

Ruth Alcott      1:17 PM Thu 3/19/2009

I can't believe have formal frat boys dressed in those days. Though, as a girl, I think they looked at lot sexier than most men today.
 

A Tatum      10:47 AM Thu 3/19/2009

This is really fun blog to visit. I hope you do some features on Chapel Hill houses.
 

Lawrence Denton      8:24 AM Thu 3/19/2009

The turbulant 60s really did not hit Chapel Hill until late 1968, and I do not recall "the 60s" look being very common even then In Chapel Hill. Anti-War protests for example rarely gathered more than fifty people.
 

Jersey Boy      5:44 PM Wed 3/18/2009

I'm surprised how inane the TV was in those days. My parents have always told me hold much better it was when they were growing up.
 

Peter Shannon      5:16 PM Wed 3/18/2009

It seems like only yesterday. I wonder where all my madras shirts ended up.
 

Jack Collins      4:46 PM Wed 3/18/2009

I think I've learned more about the 60s from these photographs that from all the documentries or movies I've seen about that period.
 

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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.

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

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