The Michigan Daily-Sunday, September 7, 1980-Page 3
Hoffman recalls 6 years on run
NEW YORK (UPI) Former Yippie
leader Abbie Hoffman says that during
jW six years on the run from the law, he
died to sneak into a nuclear plant and
did succeed in sneaking into a nuclear
In an interview with UPI, the 1960s
political prankster also said that he
"had so many identities-so many dif-
ferent papers and things-the inside of
my head looked like a waste basket at
the bureau of census."
THE 43-YEAR-OLD Hoffman, who
mzrrendered to authorities Thursday on
Sneaking into nuclear test site
drug and bail-jumping charges,
decided to go underground in March,
1974. He lived in Guadalajara, Mexico;
Amarillo, Texas; Santa Fe, N.M.;
Miami, Montreal, and finally Fineview,
N.Y. near the Canadian border.
Among new facets of his underground
life, Hoffman disclosed:
* Fidel Castro offered him the chan-
ce to go to Cuba, but he turned it down
because he thought he would surface
* HE HAD TWO nervous breakdowns
and during one of them, he thought
people were watching him from holes in
the ceiling of a Las Vegas hotel.
" Hundreds of people helped him all
over the country "and much of the net-
work is still intact."
" He toured the FBI building in
Washington and wrote about it for a
girlie magazine. -
" HE STILL REGARDS himself as
Barry Freed, the alias he used for the
last four years while living in Fineview,
a tiny community on Wellesley Island
on the St. Lawrence River. He lived
with Johanna Lawrenson, a former
model, and posed as a freelance
"Being on the run is not something I
would recommend to everyone," Hof-
"The madcap adventures and the
good times and the fact that we made
such an adventure out of it does not
deny the fact that it was constant
HOFFMAN, FOUNDER of the Youth
International Party-the Yippies-is an
intense man who still talks with a nasal
Boston twang despite having taken
Spanish lessons to change his speech
He is a gourmet cook who specialized
in French cuisine and the author of six
books, including the just-published
"Soon To Be a Major Motion Picture,"
which will soon be made into a motion
He was born in the Boston suburb of
Worcester in 1936 and attended Bran-
deis University, where he studied under
the late philosopher Herbert Marcuse
and the psychologist Abraham Maslow,
whom he calls "my two great gurus."
HOFFMAN WAS one of the "Chicago
Seven," a group of antiwar activists
who were convicted of organizing
violent protests at the 1968 Democratic
Convention in Chicago. The convictions
were overturned on appeal.
In August 1973, he was arrested for
selling three pounds of cocaine to un-
dercover agents for $36,000. When he
failed to show up for a pre-trial hearing,
a warrant was issued for his arrest in
By then, Hoffman had spent $2,500 for
plastic surgery on his nose and wa
living in Mexico.
In the next two years, he returned to
the United States to pull "Yippie
pranks," which he regards as a
sophisticated form of street theater.
"I TRIED TO sneak into a nuclear
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plant in Brown's Ferry, Alabama," he
said. "I went down there disguised as a
teacher. But I figured I couldn't get
away with it. I figured they'd get the
license plates and the ID."
He did, however, manage to get him-
self photographed on the grounds of the
Los Alamos nuclear testing site in New
Mexico. "There are photos of me in Los
Alamos," he said. "And in the back
there's a sign that says secret area, no
trespassing, ultra private. But we did
get in there."
In 1975, he was interviewed by a
See HOFFMAN, Page 5
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