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Finding a Date at UNC in the 1950's

by Charly Mann


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Rachel Hollis      12:44 PM Sun 2/13/2011

Does anyone know the whereabouts of Betty Joyce Bostian, 1955 graduate of UNC, from China Grove, NC? She and I worked together at a resort in Canada the summers of 1954 and 1955.

mary browning      3:49 PM Sat 2/6/2010

I was at Chapel Hill in the late 1950s. That was truly a golden time to be a student there. For some of us that were English majors, worked on the Daily Tarheel and went to NYC after that those were indeed good, good days there and in NYC.

Dianne Thompson Rolwing      9:09 PM Thu 11/19/2009

I remember living in Cobb dorm (mid sixties) and at the end of the hall there was a phone booth. On the wall was a "lizard list" listing all the bad dates the girls had. If you got an offer for a blind date, you could run down the hall to the phone booth and see if your potential date was on the wall before excepting the date.

donna      4:37 AM Thu 11/5/2009

I attended UNC as a freshman in 1970. I find it amazing that no freshmen women except those in nursing were admitted until 1964. What was the reasoning that forbid freshmen women? I love your blog.

Women Then and Now      8:16 PM Tue 9/15/2009

I think all women of my generation (I was born in 1984) should take notes on your articles on the male-female dynamics during the 1950&#39;s. If only women of my time could hold firm that the respect and courtesy shown in those days is a must today too... maybe we could destroy the awful partying, &quot;hook-up&quot; culture that exists today. <br \><br \>Instead, we mimick the bimbo role models on television and the behavior of our most desparate peers. Instead of making us happy, short-term, casual relationships make us sad, and a bit crazy. I don&#39;t think they have the same negative effects on the young men who are involved.

Kathleen Lusk      4:10 PM Tue 9/15/2009

I was a Carolina coed in the early sixties. In those days a date was when a guy asked a girl out for a meal or movie. His reward, if he was a gentleman, was a good-night kiss and perhaps some affectionate caressing. <br \><br \>In the 60&#39;s being popular meant one thing, being asked on lots of dates. Girls who actually had sex with guys were often ostracized by other women at UNC.<br \><br \>Chapel Hill Memories is my favorite place to visit on the internet.

Connie D      2:34 PM Mon 9/14/2009

I believe the more courtship there is between two people before they commit, have sex, and marry the better. I&#39;m not sure the rituals of these times were perfect, but certainly better than what I have to face today as a young (24) woman.

Ellen Thomas      9:28 AM Mon 9/14/2009

After reading several dozen articles on Chapel Hill Memories I have concluded that living in the 1950s was a lot more enjoyable for most people than life today.

Delta3      1:04 PM Sun 9/13/2009

I went to UNC from 1999 to 2002, and by then there was no more dating only hook-ups. In those days hook-ups started at parties fueled by alcohol and soft drugs. Hook-ups were based on little more than sexual desire. It was only after several sexual hook-ups with a person that a real relationship might start.

Karen Huff      10:38 AM Sun 9/13/2009

This is a fabulous piece. I thought you would interested in knowing that word &quot;date&quot; was originally used as a lower-class slang word for booking an appointment with a prostitute. By the turn of the 20th century it was used to describe lower-class men and women going out socially to public dances and parties. <br \>I think the term &quot;date&quot; is now almost archaic. <br \><br \>How in the world did you get the great photos this your article?<br \>

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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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