Heavy Weather. Viet Nam. How did it affect

woodstock.27: Heavy Weather. Viet Nam. How did it affect you?

woodstock.27.0: Texas Chainsaw Jazz and Blues (cooljazz)  Fri 12 Aug 94 09:27

   What if anything did Woodstock have to Do with Viet Nam or Viet Nam
   with Woodstock?
   Did you dodge the Draft? Know anybody who did?

woodstock.27.1: Jennifer Powell (jnfr)  Fri 12 Aug 94 11:47

 Oh yes... or at least were resisters. They didn't go to Canada, they were
 Quakers and stayed in Philly and throughout hte 80s the FBI were still
 coming by regularly to check on them. Still unsure whether or how far to
 prosecute, was the FBI.
 When I worked for New Society Publishers (I was in the Santa Cruz office,
 but visited in Philly some), they still had the directions posted to the
 front door of how to deal with the FBI when they inevitably came looking for

woodstock.27.2: perfection is the scourge of psychological health (paris)  Fri 12 Aug 94 12:07

 i remember doing some stuff over those years to help draft resisters
 pull together the funds to make it over the border into canada.
 god, that was a long time ago..

woodstock.27.3: Texas Chainsaw Jazz and Blues (cooljazz)  Fri 12 Aug 94 14:27

   Time for another question.
   What was your number in the Draft? Or were you pre-lottery and 4f.
   And where Oh Where is your draft card today?

woodstock.27.4: David Gans (tnf)  Fri 12 Aug 94 14:35

 My number was in the mid-300s.  What a relief!
 I have no idea where my draft card is.  Good question!

woodstock.27.5: Steve Silberman (digaman)  Fri 12 Aug 94 14:39

 My parents were arrested in front of me and led away in  handcuffs.
 For demonstrating & organizing against the war.

woodstock.27.6: Old Fart Rock and Roll (mikejs)  Fri 12 Aug 94 15:08

 320 something was mine....guy sittin gnext to me in my dorm room had number

woodstock.27.7: John Cavanagh (jcav)  Fri 12 Aug 94 16:22

 My number was 186...but I had the old college deferrment to save my ass

woodstock.27.8: Texas Chainsaw Jazz and Blues (cooljazz)  Fri 12 Aug 94 17:33

 We had a dormitory pool on who would have the lowest number in the lottery.
 My number was 300 something. Another guy had a 1 or 2. Amazing how quickly
 her developed numerous childhood diseases.  One wonders if/how they

woodstock.27.9: Venus de Tofu (pamela)  Fri 12 Aug 94 21:38

 My father wanted my brother to burn his draft card.
 Are you crazy? my brother said.  He joined the National Guard instead.
 In a maintenance battalion.  Where he was a cook.   :-)

woodstock.27.10: Fuzzy Logic (phred)  Fri 12 Aug 94 22:46

 I turned 18 in 1973.  Any earlier and it would have been a big problem.

woodstock.27.11: well's cargo (dlee)  Fri 12 Aug 94 22:55

 My number was 3.  I had a pacifist CO deferment, and later I had a student
 deferment.  I was doing stuff for the Resistance in my high school before
 that, with not much success--I was the only one in the whole school who
 would even question the recruiters when they had a big presentation in the
 gym for all the boys.  The school board wouldn't even allow me to provide
 copies of the SSS memo "Channeling", about using deferments only for
 students who were in "useful" fields of study and so on.  Anybody remember
 that document?  I was, of course, a complete commie for having the gall to
 question anything at all.

woodstock.27.12: perfection is the scourge of psychological health (paris)  Sat 13 Aug 94 08:14

 whew!  talk about strange juxtapositions of events..
 i was in this topic when my husband walked into my office...he's been
 cleaning out his desk, and he found the letter the lyndon johnson sent
 his mother when his father was killed in vietnam...  form letter, of course,
 his father was 38 years old, a career soldier - 82nd airborne, special
 forces, master paratrooper.  it was his fourth tour of 'nam.
 bizarre.  sad.  sigh.

woodstock.27.13: gimme an "F"! (reva)  Sat 13 Aug 94 12:29

 Wow. Cosmic coincidence there, Lib...

woodstock.27.14: losefast, (winslow)  Sat 13 Aug 94 13:54

 My # was 20, and I was motivated by that to apply for CO status, which I
 got. Was never asked to do alternative duty.
 I still have the card, mostly because getting my CO was a big step for me.
 It made me inspect my feelings and learn to articulate them. I asked for
 statements from a lot of people I knew and they pulled  behind me. It was a
 rite of passage.
 Woodstock was lots of different kinds of meetings, but one of them was
 formed around solidarity on the war issue. To have half a million people
 singing along with Country Joe, "what are we fighting for? Don't ask me I
 don't give a damn next stop is Viet Nam" made it real for a lot of people
 that the level of skepticism was way high.

woodstock.27.15: editorial comment (green)  Sat 13 Aug 94 16:23

 [speaking of "solidarity," did anyone else notice that the logo for ws94
 seems to be a regular WOODSTOCK then with the word written again over it in
 red in the form of "soloidarity" (however you spell it) the Polish political

Italic footnote comments made February 2001.

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