Thursday, June 25, 2009

Why Wasn't I in Vietnam?


I was talking about this with Sarah's fiancee recently. I was in the very first Vietnam Draft Lottery (see results below) and my birthday, August 27th, was the 352nd drawn, which basically meant I would never be drafted.

War resisting was on my mind. As an undergraduate I would serve as a ghost-writer/editor for a Clarion State College librarian who had written a book War Resisters Canada.

Plan A was to flunk the physical. Since one whiff of moth balls would cause me to sneeze vociferously a dozen time, I intended to immerse myself in them for a week before the phsyical, causing me to fail. I felt certain they would never draft a puddle of mucous into the army.

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