The Draft: The Luck of the Draw

Michael Hurd, a 19-year-old sophomore at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, sprang to his feet and hurled his chair through the screen of the television set at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house. His birthday—Sept. 14—had come up No. 1 in the national draft lottery. Harvard Senior Nat Spiller, too nervous to watch the drawing on TV, was playing pingpong in an attempt to calm himself. Returning to his room when the selection was well under way, he looked at a list his roommates had been keeping and slumped into a chair. His...

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