The Big Something
I'm having technical problems figuring out a way to give you guys access to the pdf of what I have. It is the photocopy of a microfiche from the Syracuse Herald Journal, March 1st, 1989 pg A1. So this isn't really news, but it was unknown to me and to numerous other people involved in this race until someone gave it to me. It is Jim Walsh's letter to his Doctor, requesting he give the draft board a medical reason to excuse him from the draft. Here is the text of the letter:
As you can see, I've just received this reminder that the draft system is alive and well (in Syracuse anyway) and they need some more information on me to put in their files, or on microfilm or whatever they do with it. Its a lot of B.S. as usual but they have given me an opportunity to tell them how unphysically fit I am. That is where you come in, if you will. It is that same matter I spoke with you about the last time I was in Katmandu. If you could write them a convincing letter with a sundry of medical facts concerning my dire condition I would be at your service for a lifetime. If you could simply tell them I am taking medication for tuberculosis (test positive) for one year. And also if there is anything else on my medical record that you feel would help my case, please include. Such as amebic dysentery for which I am now taking medication; terrible tropic parasite which have weakened my system to the limit; and whatever else you feel would be helpful. I trust your judgement.
P.S. Please attach note to questionaire and forward it to Syracuse - unless there is some confusion on your part - if there is hold questionaire and write me.
Don't send this note, it may be incriminating.
I'm going to leave all of you to make your own judgement on this... and I'll work on getting the pdf up on the site, but trust me, I couldn't make this up.
Here is the pdf.
Thanks to the good people at Rochester Turning for helping out.