Ask Me About: The Draft

“Remarks like that were embedded in my head and took up precious space that should have been occupied with other things but wasn’t.” – Ray Midge, The Dog of the South by Charles Portis

One of the things I enjoy about dramaturgy (and writing!) is becoming a temporary expert on all kinds of unexpected topics. And once I learn those things, I want to share them! “Ask Me About” is a continuing series of posts about trivia and knowledge I pick up in the course of rehearsals and research.

The actors asked: About the draft in 1969.

More accurately, we were trying to figure out what a young man in 1970 — particularly a military history buff, like Ray Midge — might think about the draft. What were the odds he might get conscripted?

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