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Someone looking for a research topic, in the general area of domestic casualties of the Vietnam War, might want to consider the following: Did young men who had gotten very bad numbers in the Selective Service birthday lottery of December 1, 1969, numbers that seemed almost to guarantee that they would be drafted, behave more carelessly than their peers during the following months? I was acquainted with two men who got what might be called "Finger of God" numbers in the first birthday lottery. One had birthday number 1 out of the 366 days of the year, and the other had birthday number 2. Within six months after the lottery drawing, one had ridden his motorcycle into the back of a truck and been killed; the other had suffered permanent injury (not too bad, but with worse luck it could have been very bad) through careless use of a woodworking machine. If someone could locate a data base containing the birth dates of the drivers of vehicles in fatal accidents around this time, a correlation with the birthday lottery numbers might produce significant results. Edwin Moise Professor of History Clemson University