In the summer of 1965, Dale Basinger, then a student at Lenoir-Rhyne College, worked as a dishwasher at the for $170 a month, plus room and board.
In his Salisbury Post piece, "Memories of a Hotel Summer," Basinger brings us back to the days of the old Madison Beach Hotel--back before all of the hotel rooms were outfitted with private bathrooms and heat.
The North Carolina native explains that he and the other college students bunked at the hotel, noting that their living conditions "bordered on the poverty level."
The boys shared a space called the Pullman--the attic on the fourth floor, and the girls lived above the kitchen in the Harem, Basinger said.
Basinger plans to pay a visit the in July, and it's sure to be a bit different than he remembers.