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UNC Chapel Hill's Greatest National Championship

by Charly Mann


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Bill A      1:38 PM Sat 5/21/2011

Just discovered your website a little earlier today and read the Academic Bowl spoof that you so skillfully created. While I was not a threat to finish at the top of my class at Carolina - was a Freshman in the &#39;61/&#39;62 school year - found it hard to believe that such an event took place right under my nose! Granted, said nose spent perhaps an imbalance of time around a draft mug at the Rat vs. in a text - but something that sold out Kenan Stadium in a couple of hours would have at least cruised past my attention span. <br \> <br \>Good write!

Frank Perkins      6:37 PM Sat 4/3/2010

So this story is a serious hoax. You really had me fooled. It is so well written. I think the intent was for us all to see that our obsession for Tar Heel basketball is far from rational. I applaud the author&#39;s creativity in making this point.

jake mills      1:09 PM Sat 4/3/2010

Of course this is a spoof, but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, as in the case of an actual tv interview (I saw it myself) with a University of Pennsylvania basketball player a decade or more ago, just after Penn upset UNC in the first round of the NCAA tournament. &quot;This is a great victory for the Ivy League,&quot; he said, &quot;people think we don&#39;t never do nothin&#39; but read and study.&quot;

Sara Cook      11:19 AM Sat 4/3/2010

After reading the previous comment, and re-reading the article, I see that this piece must indeed be a satire. It is unfortunate that the joke could not have been the other way around, and Mr. Mann would have parodied a university putting a heavy emphasis on success in sports.

J Byrd      9:09 PM Fri 4/2/2010

With all due respect to the author and commenters.....<br \> Something does not seem &quot;right&quot;.<br \>I&#39;m calling April Fools!

Henry Russell      4:21 PM Fri 4/2/2010

Much more focus needs to be placed on academics at UNC today than on Athletics. UNC basketball inspires way too many blacks to have unrealistic expectations of becoming rich and famous in professional sports. As a result, they neglect their academic studies when they are in high school and college, which is the real avenue for success in life.

Joe Kaplan      6:23 PM Thu 4/1/2010

This is all news to me. It makes me a bit more proud of my Carolina heritage.

Adam Geary      4:29 PM Wed 3/31/2010

Good to see that at one time students cared more about brains than braun.

Rik Lovett      7:41 PM Tue 3/30/2010

Amazing!! A real nail biter. I never knew this. Do they still do this Academic Bowl today?<br \> <br \>I can&#39;t imagine the breadth of knowledge you would have to have to get any of these right!!

Eric White      6:31 AM Tue 3/30/2010

Amazing Story. Thanks for sharing.A

Sandy M      8:06 PM Mon 3/29/2010

Charly this a great story. I hope UNC and other universities begin taking more pride in academic excellence again.

Norm Chamberlain      4:47 PM Mon 3/29/2010

I have been a fan of the game show Jeopardy for a long time, and love the challenging questions that are asked, but the questions asked in the 1962 Academic Bowl are so much more difficult. I only knew the answer to one of the questions. These students were brilliant.

Mark Cleaves      1:59 PM Mon 3/29/2010

I am a Tar Heel basketball fanatic and was really amazed to see that in 1962 one of the brightest members on the UNC Academic team was black. I know the first UNC African-American basketball player was Charlie Scott in 1966. It seems UNC was more progressive in academics than athletics in those days.

Dan Owens      10:03 AM Mon 3/29/2010

Someone should make a movie about this. What an exciting time this must have been.

Carol Young      6:29 AM Mon 3/29/2010

This is really an inspiring story. By the time I started UNC in 1991 student enthusiasm was focused on sports success .However we still enjoyed celebrating on Franklin Street after a great victory.

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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.

-- Charles Kuralt



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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