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He Was the Counter-Culture Activist and Humorist Who Coined the Word Yippies: Paul Krassner Dies at 87

Jul 22, 2019  •  Post A Comment

“Paul Krassner epitomized a strain of anarchic 1960s activism — one that became identified with the Yippies as they nominated a pig for president and rained dollar bills onto the floor of the New York Stock Exchange,” writes Joseph Berger in The New York Times.

The story continues, “Along with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin and a few others, Mr. Krassner helped found that group, and he also joined Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters on their LSD-fueled bus trip across America.”

The story notes that “Krassner died on Sunday at his home in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., his daughter, Holly Krassner Dawson, said. He was 87. She did not give a cause, but said he had been in hospice care.”

Says the AP obituary, “After studying journalism at New York’s Baruch College, Krassner went to work for Mad Magazine before founding the satirical counterculture magazine The Realist in 1958. He continued to publish it periodically into the 1980s.”

Here’s the best line from the Times obituary: “[S]o naturally irreverent was Mr. Krassner that when People magazine labeled him the ‘father of the underground press,’ he demanded a paternity test.”

To read the full Times obituary, please click here. To read the one written by the Associated Press, please click here.

Here’s Krassner being interviewed by the legendary conservative TV host Joe Pyne on Pyne’s show in 1967 (found on YouTube):

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