“In Chapel Hill, N.C., after grimly watching his school’s football team drop three games in a row, University of North Carolina Cheer Leader Harry Benton Thorp turned in his megaphone, reported to the coach as a team candidate.”
— From Time magazine, Nov. 17, 1952
More phrase-frequency charts from Google Books Ngram Reader:
— Chapel Hill vs. Raleigh and Durham
— Variety Vacationland. Tourism promotion not a priority during World War II?
— Billy Graham vs. Jim Bakker. No contest, even during the glory run of PTL.
— North Carolina vs. South Carolina. South Carolina’s spike in the early 1700s roughly coincides with its becoming a royal colony.
— muscadine wine. After 150 years out of favor — longer even than big band music! — still waiting for a comeback.
“In Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where the university once had more resources than the town, the school built and still operates the water, electrical and telephone system; it has paid half the cost of two sewage disposal plants and all but one fire truck bought by the city; and it makes an annual payment, based on an agreed formula tied to enrollment ($4.96 per student, or $42,000 in a recent year).”
— From “The Free List: Property Without Taxes” by Alfred Balk (1971)
Balk, best remembered for a First Amendment case resulting from his 1962 Saturday Evening Post expose, “Confessions of a Block-Buster,” died last week at age 80.
— Gastonia native “strengthens her already credible claim to the title of best living American writer.”
— Greensboro praised (?) as “that true American anomaly – a place where there seem to be more people writing serious books than reading them.”
— Much to applaud, per usual, about Mary Chapin Carpenter‘s country-and-Eastern show last night in Charlotte. “I Am a Town,” her tribute to the sad two-lane from D.C. to the Outer Banks, always moves me. Also notable: on bass guitar, Chapel Hill’s ubiquitous Don Dixon.