Retro RFHers’ Cool Campus Hangout

RFHers in the 1970s/RFH Class of ’75 hanging out at The Campus Luncheonette
Photo/RFH Class of ’75 reunion page, Kim Conley

It’s all about being cool these days. It was in the 70s for RFHers, too.

And there was nothing cooler back in the ol’ day than RFHers congregating at a little cool kid niche near the high school called The Campus Luncheonette.

True confession: There are some nerds who actually never set foot in the place. Why? Well, for one, it was a nerd alert that the spot was reserved for the more daring. We have no idea why. But, yes, some were scared there was unsavory stuff going on at the Campus counter — like drinking soda and smoking cigarettes? It was all truly more innocent than the imagined unsavory of the out-of-the-loop sissy nerd.

The RFH hot spot at 61 Carton Street expanded in 1976, too, to make more room for the cool RFH dwellers. An Aug. 6, 1976 story in the Red Bank Register said the original 1,000 square-foot iconic spot was expanded by 800, though there was a restriction with the OK. There was to be no more seats than 45. There were, up until then, 34.

And, yes, the story was that RFHers’ motives were pretty pristine for Campus times. “Students from RFH will soon have more room to drink cokes, much hotdogs and otherwise hang out in the Campus Luncheonette,” the Register story with no byline said.

Though, the cigarettes were left out. Right over that counter along the wall was a big ol’ Marlboro sign with packs of butts piled around it. OK, so there was some candy, too. And a soda fountain. And, of course, those cool girls.

The Campus was a cool place to work, too. Check out the ad for a waitress from the 1960s … and tell us your campus TGIF story …

John Caroli
BCS Wealth Management