Hippies, Yippies, Radicals and Pranksters
Date Written: 08/09/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21267
Review of the book entitled "Did iT! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, an American Revolutionary," by Pat Thomas.
In January 1964, Rubin was 26 with a thick handlebar mustache, bored as a journalist for the Cincinnati Post. He moved to UC Berkeley for grad school, but dropped out during his first semester. He then asked so many questions about local politics, filling his notebook so much, that several activists thought he was a cop. But by May 1965, at the Berkeley campus he had organized a Vietnam teach-in, the largest in the U.S.
After the protests at the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami, Rubin moved to San Francisco and dropped out of politics. He became a New Age junkie - meditation, the est movement, yoga, Rolfing, health food -- happily recommending the virtues of self-awareness therapy. But later on, he confessed, "Theres not really much for me to do, and Im pretty bored right now. The war is over." Yes, the Yippie was gradually morphing into the Yuppie.