Author Denis R. O’Neill was interviewed for a segment on CNN’s “The Sixties — Episode 4: The War in Vietnam“
Four friends reminisce about the way it was… the night that Uncle Sam came calling.
Draft-age young men were glued to the TV or the radio on December 1, 1969, where a lottery was taking place to determine who would go fight in Vietnam.
Writer Denis O’Neill was at Dartmouth College and on the ice playing hockey against Norwich Military Academy. He was the team captain but he says he couldn’t pay attention to the score because the more meaningful numbers were the lottery numbers his fraternity friends were shouting out as they listened to the radio. (more…)