Hank, Georgia, 1969. No. 330: Televised Happening

When the lottery was drawn in December of 1969, I was a sophomore at UGA and had just moved into an apartment with a high school buddy and former Tucker Hall roommate, Wayne.  We had several neighbors and two additional roommates crowd into our 2 bedroom apartment...

Allen, South Carolina, 1969. No. 345: Leaving McHenry Behind

I dealt with the draft lottery of 1969. I had graduated from undergraduate school, a small, liberal arts school in Iowa named Wartburg College in spring ’67, and had planned to go to graduate school if I could get an assistantship, starting that fall. Student...

William, Georgia, 1969. No. 018: Volunteering For Hawaii

Turns out, Hawaii’s not badAfter graduation from the University of Georgia in the summer of ’69, I started job interviews.  After repeatedly answering the inevitable question about my draft status (I-A), it sunk in there would be no jobs forthcoming. I...

Chip, North Carolina, 1969. No. 262: The Look On Their Faces

I could tell by the look on their faces. I was a Junior at UNC-Charlotte struggling with my grades the day after the 1969 draft lottery.  I, like every other male student there, had tracked the lottery and knew my number. I had a French lab that afternoon in a tiered...

John, Georgia, 1969. No. 029: Greetings From The President

Five or six guys were gathered in my dorm room at Abraham Baldwin College in Tifton, Georgia when we heard who were the lucky winners.  It was the first and only lottery I ever won. I stayed in college and after graduating from the University of Georgia in June 1972...

Gary, Georgia, 1969. No. 308: The Reserve Haircut

I was a sophmore at UGA and lived in the AEPi fraternity house in Athens.  I recall the TV news shows announcing the numbers off and on throughout the day.  I forget what day of the week it was, but my fraternity brothers would come and go, looking for their...