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Protests and Tribulations . Draft, Tuition, and … Druids?. Reformed Druids of North America. Founded Spring of 1963, at Carleton College, in response to their religious requirement If you can tell whether I’m serious, I’m not living up to the RDNA culture

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Protests and tribulations

Protests and Tribulations

Draft, Tuition, and … Druids?


Reformed druids of north america
Reformed Druids of North America

  • Founded Spring of 1963, at Carleton College, in response to their religious requirement

  • If you can tell whether I’m serious, I’m not living up to the RDNA culture

  • A friend of mine at Carleton was one of the founders of the RDNA, and kept bugging me to join.

  • I joined in 1964.


Reformed druids at purdue
Reformed Druids at Purdue

  • I arrived at Purdue in January, 1967, to work on an MS in Mathematics.

  • At first, I spent all my time on math.

  • By 1968, I was not only hanging out in the CS department, but spending more time outside, including concerts at Slayter Center.

  • That fall, I started holding Reformed Druid services.


Vietnam era draft
Vietnam-era Draft

  • Young men (ages 18 – 25) were drafted and sent into war.

  • The main escape was deferment: being in college, or being in graduate school or an occupation in a scientific or technological area.

  • Hey! That’s us!

  • The escape clause was gradually tightened.


Lesser known draft exemptions
Lesser-known Draft Exemptions

  • In addition to deferments, there were exemptions.

  • One of the grounds for exemption was being a minister (or equivalent, in other sects).


Samhain
Samhain

  • In the RDNA version of Celtic history, one of the main holidays is “Samhain”, the ancestor of Halloween.

  • This seemed to be a good time to really publicize the Druids at Purdue.


Samhain celebration at purdue
Samhain Celebration at Purdue

  • On the evening of October 31 (Halloween), the 10-15 congregants met in the wind tunnel, then trooped down the stairs to the hall outside the Machine Room.

  • We all stood looking toward the little-known, little-used graphics console.



Druid symbol
Druid symbol

  • After suitable incantations, I drew the Druid symbol in the air,

    while facing the graphics console:


Magic
Magic!

  • My accomplice, watching my reflection in the nearby controller’s cabinet face, started the console’s drawing program by pressing the button on the controller.



Post magic
Post-magic

  • There was a satisfying gasp from the crowd.

  • We then trooped back up the stairs, and drove to the banks of the Wabash, where we had a religious-themed ceremony and bonfire.




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