In early 1970, they announced that the Draft would now be conducted by a lottery of Birth Dates for just the year 1951.
(The previous 1969 lottery had covered every guy born between 1944 and 1950)
What follows is my recollection of a conversation I had many times during the Spring of 1970. (The lottery would be held in July.)
"Finally, a perfect way to prove Astrology is valid."
"Think about it. All the men, that is nineteen old boys, were born the same year, 1951"
"Well, all the astrologers have to do is go back to the days of that birth year and find the most auspicious and the least auspicious birthdates."
"Yeah, and.....?? "
"Well, a list of the most probable (least lucky) days to have been born could be published way before
the actual lottery takes place. That way, when the actual lottery does take place and verifies the luckiness/unluckiness of those dates, Astrology will shown as a true, predictive science."
"Pass that pipe back over here."
"No, I'm serious, oh, and here's the pipe. Last year's lottery already showed that the guys born in December of all those years had the highest numbers of anybody. Only two dates in December were above 200. That's not statistically possible."
(That all was true, it was a major problem for the Selective Service which they blamed on a faulty mixing mechanism. Fools! No, it was fated!)
"So, what you're saying is, we figure out before the lottery who is most likely to be picked according to their Sun Signs, Moon Signs and Birthdates?
"Yeah. then those guys would have a heads-up before July and Astrology would be proven."
Nah. They'd probably rig it as soon as our dates were published.
"Yeah. .......OH, I know. We put the Astrology Dates in a sealed envelope and send it to like fifty newspapers and Walter Cronkite. They open the envelope on the same day as the lottery and the results go right on to the news."
I begged. I pleaded. I talked about it to everybody who ever asked me what my sign was (which in those days was just about ANYbody you met in a bar. ) But....nada. Nobody did the work.
Somebody could still do it. Make up the prediction chart, then take the numbers that were actually drawn in July of 1970 and compare.
I'll be over here waiting.
(In July of 1970, I was an Intelligence Coordinator for the USAF and Artist/Repertoire Director of Thee Coffe House, San Angelo, Texas.)
Joe(What is my sign?)Nation