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Sun Jul 21, 2019, 10:21 PM

Paul Krassner, radical activist, dies at 87

Source: Politico

LOS ANGELES — Paul Krassner, the publisher, author and radical political activist on the front lines of 1960s counterculture who helped tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, died Sunday in Southern California, his daughter said.

Krassner died at his home in Desert Hot Springs, Holly Krassner Dawson told The Associated Press. He was 87 and had recently transitioned to hospice care after an illness, Dawson said. She didn’t say what the illness was.

The Yippies, who included Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman and were otherwise known as the Youth International Party, briefly became notorious for such stunts as running a pig for president and throwing dollar bills onto the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Hoffman and Rubin, but not Krassner, were among the so-called “Chicago 7” charged with inciting riots at 1968′s chaotic Democratic National Convention.

By the end of the decade, most of the group’s members had faded into obscurity. But not Krassner, who constantly reinvented himself, becoming a public speaker, freelance writer, stand-up comedian, celebrity interviewer and author of nearly a dozen books.

Read more: https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/21/paul-krassner-radical-activist-dies-at-87-1424334

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Reply Paul Krassner, radical activist, dies at 87 (Original post)
brooklynite Jul 21 OP
SeattleVet Jul 21 #1
Midnight Writer Jul 21 #2
3Hotdogs Jul 22 #3
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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 10:52 PM

1. Oh, man! R.I.P. Rumpleforeskin!

I remember one night he called WBAI in NY as Rumpleforeskin - collect - to speak with Bob Fass on the air. Bob had the line open, and the operator kept asking if he would take a collect call from a 'Mr. Foreskin'.

He was on one night when Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin and a few others were in the studio, having an on-the-air pot party.

I subscriber to The Realist for many years, and still have quite a collection. Paul Krassner (or someone like him) is very much needed, more than ever in this era of tRump.

One of the influences in my strange life (I'm not sick; I'm twisted! Sick implies that there's a cure!)

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Sun Jul 21, 2019, 11:28 PM

2. Used to really look forward to The Realist. His books are also great for mental realignment.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 12:13 AM

3. The pig's name was Pigasus.

I'd vote for him today. Certainly better than what we got now. However, they may be related.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 02:42 AM

4. Realist veteran here - Thank you, Paul Krassner

I sure wish I had all my old copies - the people who wrote in it were a who's who of politics, art, and literature.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 03:34 AM

5. R-I-P Merry Prankster

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 04:42 AM

6. The Realist Archive Project

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 11:52 AM

7. Paul Krassner Rest In Power

Not sure how to best commemorate him -- perhaps we should all find a toad (the right type) and lick it!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Mon Jul 22, 2019, 12:42 PM

8. "Not fade away." ...

How do we how do we not fade
How do we how do we how do we not fade away
How do we how do we oh.

He left a pretty big legacy.

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