Dennis, New Jersey, 1969. No. 080: Flying Fighters

College sophomore sitting around the TV drinking beer, watching the lottery.  Probably 20 fraternity brothers, all of us gathered around.  Cheers and hollers when our birthdays were called.  Other then real low numbers like my roommate, No. 26, most of us didn’t...

David, Tennessee, 1969. No. 001: Taking A Bow

It is early December and a group of us from Canterbury are in Greensboro for an early season Duke basketball game at the recently refurbished Greensboro Coliseum. We are sitting in the stands and the draft lottery begins. Transistor radios are in use but not real...

Joel, NC, 1969. No. 025: Life-Threatening Diagnosis

I remember the night we gathered around the Delta Sigma Phi Chapter Room in House S, eyes glued to the television. When No. 1 was chosen, the phone rang and a sad mother apologized to her unlucky son. As the night progressed, sighs could be heard, not only in the...

Jim, Pennsylvania, 1969. No. 187: Clattering Teletype

On the night of the draft lottery, I was working at the campus radio station at Duke University.  For all the men on campus, this was the news story of the decade.  As the birthdays and numbers came across the ancient, clattering teletype, the newsmen and women would...

Dan, California, 1971. No. 104: Lucky Stars

I joined Air Force ROTC as a freshman in college in 1967, at Duke. I liked airplanes and I was deathly fearful of getting drafted into the Army as a foot soldier. Duke was a fairly safe place to be in ROTC and having to wear a uniform one day per week, though during...

Peter, Florida, 1969. No. 005: $100 And A New Career

I was a student at Duke University when the first lottery was held.  Our dormitory had a pool for the lottery.  Approximately 100 guys in the dorm put $1 each into the pool.  The person whose birthday was drawn first in the lottery would win the pool of $100.  I...