Brian, Oregon, 1969. No. 080: Getting Fat for Six Months

Several of us spent the evening drinking and listening as the numbers were called.  There were six of us and as it turned out five of us wound up in the first 100 numbers called.  By the end of the evening we were all drunk.  Despite the fact we were all students we...

Phil, Oregon, 1969. No. 125: Bumpy Career

For 45 years I have been haunted by the fact that if I had been born less than four hours earlier my lottery number would have been 359 and, most certainly, my life would have been very different. Standing on the steps of a college dorm on that evening in December,...

Dan, Maryland, 1969. No. 300: Another Way to the Army

Prior to the draft lottery, I had received a notice from Selective Service to report for my Armed Forces physical the day after college graduation. I figured that if I was going to be drafted, I would explore volunteering so that I’d have some say in what I did...

Houston, Florida, 1969. No. 353: 40 Years Is Enough

The night of the 1969 draft lottery, I was a junior at the University of Georgia. I was a junior college transfer. We were gathered around the TV in the fraternity house. I thought I had missed my number as it was getting towards the end. I then heard my birthday and...

Craig, Georgia, 1969. No 016: Leaving for the Bar

I watched the lottery on TV with my fraternity.  As our birthdates were selected we left for the bar, some out of depression and some out of joy. I spent the following 3 years staying in school.  After graduation I spent the next 6 months appealing my I-A for medical...

Terry, Georgia, 1969. No. 229: The Peril of Run-On Sentences

I remember the draft well. Pass all your classes, you keep a II-S deferment. Fail one class, I-A! One of my friends failed his English term paper because of run-on sentences and fragments. (Today your computer would catch those errors). He failed the class, was...