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The life of Jack Todd: A Vietnam war resister remembers

The Story

"Leaving was the bravest thing I ever did and I'm damn proud of it," says author Jack Todd unwaveringly. Twenty-five years after the end of the Vietnam War, Todd is still certain that he made the right choice in leaving the US military and moving to Canada. Now a Montreal sportswriter, he has switched genres and is telling the story of his life-changing journey. This CBC Television report looks back on the draft dodger movement and how it shaped and changed a generation.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: April 28, 2000
Guests: Morton Bain, Jack Todd
Host: Ben Chin
Reporter: Kelly Crowe
Duration: 3:09

Did You know?

• The United States sent a total of 8,744,000 troops to Vietnam and suffered approximately 50,000 battle deaths. The South Vietnamese are estimated to have lost 400,000 and the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese over 900,000.

• In April 1975, the South Vietnamese resistance collapsed and the North Vietnamese claimed Saigon. In 1976, Vietnam was reunified and Saigon was redesginated Ho Chi Minh City.

• Draft dodgers were widely regarded as one of the greatest contributing groups of immigrants to Canadian society. Many of the politically astute resisters fought to make Canada a better place. Famous draft dodgers include Bill King, a former musician in Janis Joplin's band, who served as the artistic director of the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival. CBC Radio's Andy Barrie, children's performer Eric Nagler, politician Corky Evans and the late film critic Jay Scott were also draft dodgers.


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