The Pants Of The Family
Ted Nugent went on a “Journey to the center of the mind”. When he got there, the lights were on, but no one was home. (Spell check suggestions: Gent, Nugget)
Theodore Anthony Nugent has had quite a career. The Amboy Dukes were leaders in music, and vocalist fashion. The “motor city madman” enjoyed a prosperous solo career. He has also become a “right wing” spokesman, expressing opinions on a variety of subjects. Some comments recently earned him a private meeting with the Secret Service. That agency has it’s own PR problems. The fly on the wall, at the Nugent – USSS meeting, is not talking.
In the comments to a report on the TAN-USSS conference, PG found this: “Ted Nugent doesn’t have any right to salute flag draped coffins. He’s nothing but a coward. // How so? // he is a taxpayer,citizen.he has his rights // He literally shat his pants at a recruiting station just to avoid serving in Vietnam, for one.”
One thing Mr. Nugent likes to talk about is hunting. There is a difference between deer season and the Vietnam war… Charlie shot back. Mr. Nugent was born in 1948, making him the perfect age for the party. A copy of his draft record is available. Radio show notes discusses the codes.
1-In February 1967, Nugent was classified as 1-S (Deferment to complete high school).
2-In December 1967, Nugent was classified as 1-A (Available for unrestricted service)
3-In February 1968, Nugent was reclassified as 2-S (Deferment for college study)
4-In February 1969, Nugeent was reclassified as 1-A (Available for unrestricted service)
5-In August, 1969, Nugent was given an armed forces physical exam Two months later, Nugent was reclassified as 1-Y (A designation usually given to those with limiting medical conditions. He was eligible for military service, but only in case of war or National Emergency)
6-In December 1972, reclassified again. Hard to read on the document, but it may say 4-F. (Most former 1-Y registrants were reclassified 4-F, not acceptable for military service, when the 1-Y classification was abolished in late 1971)
In April of 1968, Journey to the Center of the Mind, the second album by the Amboy Dukes, was released. The title track, fueled by lead guitarist Ted Nugent, became a hit. The band toured endlessly, playing 300 shows a year. This was when Ted Nugent enjoyed a 2-S student deferment.
One show was at the Atlanta Municipal Auditorium. The headliner was Jimi Hendrix. The legend is that Mr. Nugent was playing a Hendrix song. Jimi came on stage, and told him not to play his song.
If you are eating, don’t read the rest of this post. Skip ahead and enjoy the pictures, which are from The Library of Congress . Ok, here is the best part of the story. The Rutland Herald quotes an interview Ted Nugent gave The Detroit Free Press, July 15, 1990. “He claims that 30 days before his Draft Board Physical, he stopped all forms of personal hygiene. The last 10 days he ingested nothing but junk food and Pepsi, and a week before his physical, he stopped using the bathroom altogether, virtually living inside his pants caked with excrement and urine. That spectacle won Nugent a deferment.” In the embedded video, no one in the band wants to stand next to Mr. Nugent.
The fact that Mr. Nugent did not go to ‘Nam did not prevent him from saying what he would have done. “… if I would have gone over there, I’d have been killed, or I’d have killed, or I’d kill all the hippies in the foxholes … I would have killed everybody,”