Everybody Gets a Drum

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The drums of war beat in unexpected dimensions of our lives. Some of us march to a different beat, but the message is the same, and it surrounds us all. (MP3)
The drums of war beat in unexpected dimensions of our lives. Some of us march to a different beat, but the message is the same, and it surrounds us all. (MP3)

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  1. Allen Cobb

    Thanks. During that time I was mildly terrorized by Tuli Kupferberg’s little book, “1001 Ways to Beat the Draft,” which was funny and horrific. Tuli was one of the original Fugs, a New York character of the Village. But Homer never actually tried to “beat the draft.” He was just caught up in the insanity of it all, like so many others, and lucked out. The irony, I guess, was that having grown up very close to West Point, with various officers as neighbors, very dignified and honorable people, I was quite favorable toward the military — until I got to enjoy a few examples of the lower-echelon experience first-hand. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. Fred Gratzon

    Breathtaking description of an insane chapter in “Homer’s” life. Brings back the memory of that deeply terrifying time in my life, albeit my experience was quite a bit shorter. Tales of how folks got out of the draft during that time are some of the funniest or scariest stories ever told. There should be a published collection of the best of them. By the way, the funniest line in your account was “What did you do during the war?” Of course, it’s only funny given the context. I’m still chuckling.

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