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UNC Class of 1969

by Charly Mann


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Temple Grassi '69      6:27 AM Sat 1/22/2011

Just read a book by my godson,Daniel Rasmussen, called &quot;American Uprising-Slave Revolt&quot; about a hushed up slave revolt in 1811 down in New Orleans. A great read, but what&#39;s interesting for UNC people of our era is that DR mentions Herbert Aptheker, a Communist, who wrote about slavery in the South and compared the treatment of slaves to The Viet Nam war. Recall The Speaker Ban Law at UNC and it was Aptheker who had to speak from the Franklin Street sidewalk (off campus). A huge crowd showed up- my first exposure to activisim. A quick&#39;google&#39; of Aptheker does not mention UNC, but you&#39;ll get the flavor! Power to the people! (and to UNC lacrosse!)<br \>

temple Grassi      7:28 PM Wed 6/23/2010

Go Heels<br \>Lacrosse was fun!

Ray McCraw      1:20 PM Thu 3/18/2010

As a member of the class of 1969 this has brought back so many memories. <br \><br \>I remember my senior year when we were allowed to have co-eds in our dorm rooms but we had to leave the door partially opened. We got around that by moving our dressers in from of the door so even though it was open, the heigth of the dressers hide the rest of the room. Too bad we were not always as creative in class! Great job, Chary.

The Trad      10:42 AM Tue 1/5/2010

Those are some great images. I did a piece on my blog about the transition from southern ivy to hippe and a visit to to the Yackey Yack office was great help. I could see the transistion around &#39;68 and &#39;69 and according to a number of folks who attended at that time- - the change was fast. You can see some of the images here:<br \><br \>http://thetrad.blogspot.com/2009/03/road-trip-to-unc.html

Amy Gordon      10:39 AM Wed 12/30/2009

I was part of the UNC Class of 1970 and must admit I was surprised from your article about how conservative the dress and politics of the student body was in those days. I guess we all color our past by how the media has painted it over the decades.

Tom Clark      2:58 PM Mon 12/28/2009

Wonderful piece Chary. You should do a companion article on the basketball team of this era.

Nanci Wheeler      9:35 AM Sun 12/27/2009

This is not how I had imagined Chapel Hill students to look at the height of the radical sixties. Thanks for this insight.

Paula Winston      3:13 PM Sat 12/26/2009

I was part of the Class of 1968, and must say you have done a good job capturing what the place and time was like then.

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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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