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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

Bill Bickel posts this Arlo and Janis cartoon in honor of Veterans Day.

An interesting thing is that the first 1969 draft lottery wasn’t a fair pull. It’s pretty well established that if you were born late in the year, you were much more likely to get a low (bad) number. Guys like me, born in February, were likely to get high (good) numbers. I got 290. It was hard to celebrate because in every group of guys, there was somebody with a low number.
This gets blamed on the fact that they didn’t mix up the numbers enough, and it was an innocent mistake. For arguably the most important lottery of the 20th century? I don’t know.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft_lottery_%281969%29

actual numbers here:
http://www.sss.gov/LOTTER8.HTM