Ronnie, Georgia, 1969. No. 353: Sleeping Through The Numbers

I was a student at the University of Georgia and I remember watching the show with my roommate Larry. Larry pulled a low number and the next day signed up for the Marines reserves. I remember the long list of numbers being called and finally I drifted off and was...

Mike, Georgia, 1969. No. 007: Knew What To Do

I remember this as if it was yesterday. I went to my favorite watering hole in Athens, GA to watch the first ever lottery while enjoying $.25 pitchers. The only problem was, I did not get there until they were already on number 11. As I watched the numbers go by and...

Wayne, New Jersey, 1969. No. 302: Remembering Major Herbert

I graduated high school in 1966 and I entered UGA in the fall of ’66, met my wife-to-be Patricia and enrolled in the UGA Army ROTC program. I had intended to make a career in the Army as a pharmacist in the Medical Service Corps after I graduated from the UGA...

Garnett, Georgia, 1969. No. 265: Safe Again

By 1969 I was not too concerned about the draft. I had been called up in 1966, prior to the huge build-up in ‘Nam, and reported for my physical in Ft. Jackson, SC. We had gone through all the physicals except for vision when the Sgt in charge told everyone who...

Jeff, Texas, 1969. No. 001: One Chilling Moment

I did not watch the lottery, but a friend called me up later and asked if my birthday wasn’t Sept 14 (1950). I said yes, and he gave me the good news! I of course thought it was a joke and tried to ignore it. As I was still in high school at 19-I started school...

James, Oklahoma, 1969. No. 365: War Babies

On the day of the lottery, I was in Biochemistry laboratory at university.  When I finished my lab I ran back to the dorm to watch the lottery with all my buddies.  We were all freaked out.  During the three years since I graduated from high school in 1966, I had gone...