Bill, Georgia, 1969. No. 206: Events and Reactions

My memory is clear regarding that day in 1969.  We were all huddled on the front porch of our fraternity house in Athens, Georgia with our radio tuned to 960 AM, WRFC.  Our friend, Don Cox, was on the air as the wire services were releasing the birth dates as they...

Mark, Kansas, 1969. No. 127: Marriage and Scotland

I was to get my B.Sc. degree from KU in May 1970, and planned to be married that same month. My wife and I would then be off to Scotland for graduate school in Aberdeen in August 1970. I had received a Direct Exchange Scholarship from KU to attend school in a UK...

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...