I was studying as a PoliSci/History major (with a II-S deferment) at the U of KY in 1969 and ready to graduate and head on to Law School the following year. The threat of the war and actually going there was foremost on my mind. I was going to SDS meetings and followed all the radical figures of the times. I marched in demonstrations and traveled to the South for the Civil Rights Movement.

In order to escape the draft, I had been seeing a psychiatrist and obtained a professional diagnosis before going to the examination center in Cincinnati. Also, one of my toes had been removed the previous summer because of a lawnmower accident. On arrival at the examining center I placed a bumper sticker on my skivvies that said "Vietnam Love it and Leave it". When I appeared in military formation affronting  the drill instructor in my underwear, all my buddies cleared back and kept their distance, wishing no association with this demonstration.  I took all the tests and at the time was a little overweight and had high blood pressure.  Their results called into question the high blood pressure and so I had to report for three consecutive days of testing, to assert my claim, and had to extend the non-prescription pills I was taking to raise the blood pressure.

I did make it through this ordeal and went on to Law School, but was radicalized to this day. I got the IV-F deferment for the three years of attending Law School, but always lived in the cloud knowing I was eligible until age 35.