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A LONG LOCOMOTIVE FOR CHOO CHOO
Ron Fimrite
October 15, 1973
It has been nearly 25 years since Charlie Justice played his last game at tailback for North Carolina. He was a folk hero at the time—and he still is
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October 15, 1973

A Long Locomotive For Choo Choo

It has been nearly 25 years since Charlie Justice played his last game at tailback for North Carolina. He was a folk hero at the time—and he still is

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They sold 900 " Choo Choo Justice" T shirts in one hour at Meyers' Department Store in Greensboro in 1950. Three persons were injured in the crush.

The bridal party at the wedding of a friend of Charlie's arrived at the church to find that almost every seat had been occupied by small boys. They had heard Charlie would be there.

Mail was sent to Charlie's house addressed simply to "Number 22, Chapel Hill" or " Choo Choo, North Carolina."

Orville Campbell, a Chapel Hill publisher, and Hank Beebe, then a graduate student in music, wrote a song about Charlie, All the Way Choo Choo.

At the football games he does all the stunts; he runs or passes, fakes or punts.

Between the halves he leads the band; then sells peanuts, in the stands....

All the way Choo Choo , all the way;

A chug, chug, chugga with a hip hooray.

Bing, bat, boot that ball around;

Open that throttle and cover around.

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