That's the inspiration for his book "Carolina Beach, NC: Images and Icons of a Bygone Era."
The boardwalk is getting smaller, but Norris' book looks back at a time when it was bustling.
"I'm proud of where I live and I want other people to see the old pictures, and I know many people wouldn't get to see them unless someone puts them in a book," says Norris.
For many folks the snapshots will turn back the pages of time.
"Riding the waterslide was one of my favorites, and I loved the amusement park with the rides and the games. Eating Britt's doughnuts of course."
For this hometown historian of sorts the book is a way of giving back and sharing the past with the future.
Reported by Sarah Warlick