Al, California, 1969. No. 190: Green, Blue or White

My roommate Pete and I decided we didn’t want to listen to the lottery that night; instead we would wait for the numbers to be published the next morning.  When I awoke the next day I found Pete in the bathroom holding up a green shirt, blue shirt and white shirt in...

John, Ohio, 1969. No. 167: Terrifying and Mesmerizing

It was my Junior year at the University of Kansas. The Vietnam War raged on, both abroad and at home. Overseas, my high school classmates, college fraternity brothers, and college classmates fought and were injured or killed in a conflict that, to this day, honestly...

Tom, Kansas, 1969. No. 180: Undiluted Protest

In 1969 I was a sophomore at KU, and my older brother was a senior, my younger brother a freshman.  We had all been opposed to the Vietnam War since at least 1964, and had many dinner table conversations about it, finally even convincing our World War II Navy veteran...

David, Kansas, 1969. No. 300: Pre-Internet

I was a junior at the University of Kansas when the draft lottery was introduced. While I don’t remember my number exactly, I know it was in the 300’s. I was a reporter at the University Daily Kansan (UDK), and worked the night of the Lottery. This was...

Steve, Illinois, 1969. No. 020: After the Game

I remember I was at KU and on the draft night I wanted to go to the KU basketball game–I did not miss a game. When I came back afterwards, I was told my number was 20, which was a real jolt for me because I knew with that number, I would be drafted. And it...

Don, Kansas, 1969. No. 109: Stage Presence

I was at a Kansas-Wisconsin basketball game at the U. of Kansas the night of the lottery. One of the cheerleaders announced, “September 14, you’re number 1.” When I got back to my apartment, I called my parents, and my tearful mother informed me that...