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By Laura R. Benjamin

Harold Krents, the totally blind Harvard Law School student who was reclassified 1-A last week, has been told by his local draft board that his case is being reconsidered.

The Mt. Vernon Selective Service Board told Krents it would accept a statement from his eye doctor so that it could classify him properly.

Since his reclassification, Krents has been on national TV and radio and newspapers.

"If it wasn't for the press, I'd probably end up in a foxhole," Krents said. "With all this publicity, I've been thinking it over, and I may announce for President," he added.

Song for Lew

Krents said that another reason could be behind his draft board's change of mind. An entertainer in his spare time, he wrote a musical letter to General Hershey to the tune of "Old Smokey," in which he insists that Hershey would have to come with him to Vietnam to aim his gun.

Now that he will probably miss out on being a bombardier, Krents has been thinking of alternate plans for the future. "I understand that the Chicago White Sox, following the policy of complete equality demonstrated by my draft board, have decided to offer me a contract as a pitcher," he said.

In the meantime, he hopes that Harvard Law will be "comforted to know that there will be at least one person left next year to be editor-in-chief of the Law Review."

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