Recalling those 'Animal House' road trips

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 04:48 PM.

These first hot days of the year conjure up bushel baskets of memories, most especially of years at Chapel Hill. I lived "Animal House" days from 1959 to 1963.

When the weather turned toward southern summer, the first order of business was to get color back on our pasty-white bodies. That hasn’t changed.

Yesterday I saw my shining legs in the mirror. Before I can wear shorts I’ll probably need a permit from the sheriff. I don’t want to go "to the terror of the public."

Back then we used stuff from Johnson & Johnson. Conventional wisdom was to mix iodine with baby oil and slather in it. Too much iodine and we came out looking like participants in Rust-Oleum commercials.

Spring brought cherry blossoms and beach music. To say the Atlantic Beach "beckoned" me is a gross understatement. It screamed!

As a freshman I couldn’t have my car on campus so I often flew home. The round-trip fare from Raleigh-Durham to New Bern was $23.99.

I remember the exact cost because I got to spend almost exactly 24 hours home. At a buck an hour it was a huge bargain, although Dad and Mom probably questioned my value system. I’m surprised they thought I had one of those.

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