Gary, Kentucky, 1969. No. 328: An Occasion To Drink

I remember how I felt when I first heard about a draft lottery.  I had never been very lucky in my life. In fact I don’t ever recall winning anything before the lottery came into existence.  When the magical night came to pass, me and several of my fraternity...

Danny, Kentucky, 1969. No. 331: High And Low

I remember watching the lottery broadcast in my apartment with Ron, one of my best friends from college.  This was the first year that we lived off campus, in efficiency apartments at Midtowne Terrace.  The previous summer the two of us had even gone together to New...

Gary, Kentucky, 1969. No. 319: Not The American Dream

I was sitting in the Engineering building, alone, next to a wall, doing homework.  The lottery was being broadcast on TV and I was watching when my birthday and number were called.  I had heard them say that probably no one with a number above 140 would be drafted. ...

Tom, Kentucky, 1969. No. 357: Over The Intercom

I was dating a young lady in one of the sororities and was in the AGD house on the night of the lottery. I heard my draft number come over the radio as the girls had the radio on and it played into the intercom system.  My number was 357.  I was currently I-A in the...

Patrick, California, 1969. No. 053: Behind Tricia Nixon

My student deferment ran out in 1970, when I was immediatly classified I-A and received  instructions to report for an induction physical.  I went immediatly to the Army enlistment office and signed on for a program called Warrant Officer Flight.  I figured at least...

Dwyte, Kentucky, 1969. No. 254: Heart In Kentucky

My part of the story starts in Chicago although my heart was in Kentucky.  The lottery occurred two days after I married the love of my life.  I was in my fraternity house at Northwestern and my wife was in the dorm at Kentucky.  We had not talked about the draft very...