Wednesday, February 01, 2006
Stew Albert, Yippie founder dies
Stew Albert, one of the founders of the Youth International Party aka
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Stew Albert, one of the founders of the Youth
International Party, whose members were more commonly known as
Yippies, died Monday of liver cancer, The Oregonian newspaper
reported. He was 66.
Albert was clubbed by police during the 1968 anti-war protests at the
Democratic National Convention and was named as an unindicted co-
conspirator at the Chicago 7 trial.
Though Albert helped found the Yippies, better-known leaders of the
group included Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin and Paul Krassner.
The Yippies in 1968 advanced a pig as candidate for president and in
1970 invaded Disneyland for a day. In 1970, Albert ran for sheriff of
Alameda County, Calif., but lost.
In 1988, Albert attended a 20-year reunion in Chicago of 1968
"I imagine Americans secretly miss the passion of my generation," he
wrote of that experience.
In 1996, Mayor Richard M. Daley, son of former Mayor Richard J.
Daley, invited him to Chicago with his pal Tom Hayden, a former
roommate, for a day of reconciliation.
Albert was co-author with his wife of "The Sixties Papers" anthology.
He ran the Yippie Reading Room online and continued to blog until the
day before his death.