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Old 11-21-2010, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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2nd in a random series of Life in Chapel Hill in the Olden Days

I was in highschool in Chapel Hill in the 60's. This was way before nice ladies and their boyfriends stayed in motels. Besides there were very few motels then anyway. (What they did in cars is another matter!)

Girls from all over came to stay in Chapel Hill for football weekends. They had to have someplace to stay so many families in the town registered to have their homes approved with UNC as proper places for these girls to stay. A committee (yes with white gloves) came to each house to inspect rooms, bathrooms, linens, etc to make sure the homes were "proper"enough. And of course you could only get on the list for inspection if you had been recommended by somebody else on the list.

My Mother was quite thrilled to be approved for football weekends as this was quite an honor. Everybody kind of looked on it as their community responsibility and there was no shame in turning your house into a boarding house for many weekends every fall.

Being in highschool I was excited to see college girls come to our house. When they were gone, I would sneak thru their clothes, makeup and jewelry. I never took anything but I did spritz myself with every kind of perfume I could find. I also ran into my first birthcontrol pills. Back then a single woman could not get BC of any kind and this pack of pills had her married sister's name on it. Very risky indeed.

We had lots of excitement sometimes. Like barfing "proper" young ladies who drank too much, girls who did not come in till 2 or 3 (against the rules) and one time we had a girl throw her engagement ring at her boyfriend in the front yard after a bad argument. My father crawled around for days looking for that ring declaring "Finders keepers" but he never found it. Wonder if anybody else ever did?

We had only 1 phone and we were on a party line with the family down the street who also took in girls. The phone rang day and night.

One guy was quite a ladies man who was stupid enough to have three different girls in succession stay at our house. Did he ever stop to think a snot nosed high schooler wouldn't spill the beans to the 3rd girl? I remember the look on her face still today!!!

Finally my senior year in highschool I was allowed to date college boys and go to frat parties (although I was doing this at least 2 years before I got official permission). One party I went to I ran into the UNC Greensboro girls who were staying at my house. Unbeknowest to me, my date was one of the girls former boyfriends and she was really po'd at me. I met him when he came to my house to pick up his date for previous weekend. She was very late getting ready and this guy and I got to know each other while she primped. I ended up dating him for 6 months.

We lived one street over from Glen Lennox, the large housing complex where alot of medical students lived. I made almost $25 babysitting on football weekends, which included Friday night, Saturday for the game and late Saturday night. I'm sure that would be over $150 today but it was alot of money in the olden days.

Well enough strolling down memory lane. This beautiful weekend reminded me of what I did almost 50 years ago. I'm only 64 but it was definitely a lifetime ago. Thanks for your time.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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That was so cool! Please share more!! My mom grew up in Lexington and she tells me stories sometimes and I love to hear them. My mom's family are all die hard Tarheels fans! My grandfather and uncle played football back int the day for UNC...
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:54 AM
 
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Kudzu - I wonder if you could get these posted on the Chapel Hill Memories website? (Wonderful stories by the way!).

Chapel Hill Memories
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Thanks CHTransplant. I didn't even know of this site. I will look into writing for it. Just looking at ther pictures of fashions in 1964, the year I graduated from CHHS brought back many memories. Kay Kysers's daughter, Kim, was in my class but she graduated from some fancy boarding school and not CHHS. We all went to Jr. Hi together. I remember their family well. We had a few friends who lived near them and they liked to tell stories about how Georgia Carol would come borrow aspirin on occasion always telling, "Don't tell Kay" cause he was aniti medicine. Funny...
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:48 AM
 
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thanks for sharing. i always love hearing stories of how things were "back in the day" & imagining them compared to things now. feel free to keep 'em coming.
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Old 11-22-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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Awesome post, kudzu! I had never heard of these weekend boarding houses you described, so thanks for posting.

Yes, the Chapel Hill Memories site is a treasure indeed. Lots of good stuff there.
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Raleigh
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I attended many UNC football games 1967-70, so I thoroughly enjoyed reading your memories of those weekends. My future husband was a student. I lived in Raleigh that first year. I remember driving the old road to and from Chapel Hill - it seemed to take forever.

We dressed up for those games. I even remember wearing a corsage. It must have been homecoming. But no matter how dressed up we were, alcoholic beverages were always in tow.

One year we were sitting in the end zone, and I got hit with the football. But that's another set of memories.

The spring of 1967 I flew here from Chicago to attend Jubilee. Maybe we'll read some Jubilee memories in the spring.

As I was writing this I began to think of the music that was popular then. I just googled and listened to "39-21-40 Shape." Those were the days!
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Siamese, yes I forgot to talk about how people dressed for football games in the 60's. Girls wore suits and heels even and the guys were dressed to the tees too. But they all still got just as drunk as they do today. How all that dressing up for football games got started is beyond me but it may have had something to do with Milton Julian and his fashion sense. No wonder his son Alexander Julian became such a style maven. I have tons of tales about the Julians, the Taylors (as in James) and some other prominent families but I'll save those for another day.

Glad so many folks have enjoyed my memories. Thanks for the reps and kind comments.
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