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Life In Legacy - Week ending Saturday, July 27, 2019

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Paul Krassner, political activist who named 'Yippies'Robert M. Morgenthau, former Manhattan DA

Law

Robert M. Morgenthau (99) former Manhattan district attorney who spent more than 30 years jailing criminals from mob kingpins and drug-dealing killers to a tax-dodging Harvard dean. Morgenthau, who was US Attorney for New York's southern district during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, returned to law enforcement as Manhattan’s top state prosecutor in 1975 and didn’t leave for 35 years, with his office handling around 100,000 criminal cases yearly. He died in New York City just 10 days short of his 100th birthday, on July 21, 2019.


Politics and Military

Paul Krassner (87) publisher, author, and radical political activist on the front lines of ‘60s counterculture who helped to tie together his loose-knit prankster group by naming them the Yippies, including Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman, otherwise known as the Youth International Party. They 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 the chaotic 1968 Democrat 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, free-lance writer, stand-up comedian, celebrity interviewer, and author of nearly a dozen books. He died in Desert Hot Springs, California on July 21, 2019.


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