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The Harry Macklin Family of Chapel Hill

by Charly Mann

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Larry Howell      10:44 AM Mon 10/26/2009

After my last message, I will try and improve my spelling. I loved the Record Bar. I came from a rural area when I started UNC in 1966 and subsequently, I did not have access to many records. When I first came to the Record Bar, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. I usually went once a week to get a 45 (usually Motown-don't you miss that great sound) or a 33 RPM album (such as Mantovani, Henry Mancini, Percy Faith, George Shearing, Rod McKuen, Glenn Yarborough, Ray Conniff Singers). I would listen to music on WCHL or at the Graham Student Union and go to the Record Bar to find the music. I have eclectic tastes, obviously, including rock and the Record Bar never disappointed me. Gosh, I miss that place.
 

Charly Mann      2:09 PM Fri 6/26/2009

I never worked for the Record Bar, but have been in the music business most of my life. I first met Barrie when I was eleven and use to hitch-hike from Chapel Hill to Durham to buy records at the original Record Bar at Church and Main Street. A few years later when he opened the store on Henderson Street I felt like nirvana had come to Chapel Hill. Barrie sold me my first stereo phonograph record, and actually delivered it to my house when I was thirteen. Over the years, as a competitor and a friend to many of his top management team like Fred Traub and Harry Clements and relations including his sister and former brother-in-law Bill Golden, I learned a lot more about Barrie. By coincidence over the last few years I have been friends with several women who are loyal users of BARE ESSENTIALS; a company Barrie helped make one of the most successful cosmetics firms in the world.

At one time I worked for the Record and Tape Center in Durham, just a block away from the main Record Bar and their then corporate offices. Very often Barrie and his management team and the Record and Tape Center employees would find themselves eating breakfast at the same small diner that was half way between our two stores run by a wonderful woman named Alice.

 

Born-In-The-USA      1:39 PM Fri 6/26/2009

You seem to know a lot about Barrie Bergman and The Record Bar. Did you use to work for them? I would guess you must have been at least a manager. I once worked in one of their stores in Charlotte in 1977 and 78.
 

KC1946      11:26 AM Fri 6/26/2009

I was a neighbor of the Bergman's on Sugarberry Road. Do you know what their children are doing these days?
 

Gail Morrison      9:55 AM Fri 6/26/2009

What a fascinating family. Please do more profiles like this of other Chapel Hill families.
 

B Hightower      2:04 PM Thu 6/25/2009

Few people know that Arlene was manager of the Record Bar in Chapel Hill when Barrie went to Raleigh to open their store in North Hills. She was also the company's "Rock of Gilbrater" and Barrie's partner in every aspect of life.
 

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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.

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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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