Oliver Hall, 10th Floor, had a TV in the common area lobby. Everybody
gathered to watch the lottery as it was broadcast live. As numbers came
out, there were groans and cheers. I drew number 195, reasonably safe, but it
was irrelevant to me because I had a I-D deferment, due to being enrolled in ROTC. So I
planned to be in the army anyway. Most everybody else had a II-S deferment, meaning they had
to stay in school or face the draft.
for reelection. Nixon ended the draft not too much later. I asked my friend if
he had kept his pledge to vote for Nixon’s reelection, and he told me he
remembered making the pledge but he just couldn’t do it.