JOHN WILCOCK: Paul Krassner and the Birth of the Political Prankster Group, YIPPIE!

A 1967 acid trip during a hurricane at Ramrod Key, Florida, leads Abbie Hoffman, his wife Anita, and Paul Krassner to see the upcoming 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago as a hugely visible moment for political protest.

When home from the vacation, the group has a celebratory smoke, leading to Paul's coining of the term Yippie, for politicized, radical, or activist hippies.

From John Wilcock, New York Years, by Ethan Persoff and Scott Marshall.

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Paul Krassner's funny stories about making up new words

Our friend Paul Krassner has coined quite a few terms that have made their way into common use. In this essay he shares a few stories about the words and terms he's invented. The stories include the time he smoked a mixture of weed and opium with John & Yoko, the time he covered the trial of Harvey Milk's killer (who tried to get away with the murder by using what Krassner called "the Twinkie defense"), and the time he asked Bob Dylan why he was taking Hebrew lessons. (Dylan's answer: "I can't speak it.") Read the rest