np [Chicago?]: [ca. 1969-70]. Carbon typescript. Loose A4 sheets, pp. on onionskin paper, corner-stapled, with overtyping and corrections, SIGNED in blue ink on foot of last page. Mild wear, creasing. Very good or better overall. Item #23310
A fierce (likely unpublished) diatribe against Judge Julius Hoffman, or as the “... Panthers called him 'Adolph Hitler Hoffman,'" who presided over the "Chicago 8" trial of Yippies Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, Lee Weiner, and Bobby Seale — who were charged with various federal offenses in the wake of the 1968 Democratic Convention. The judge is described by "William Yippie" as being a “cartoon of a man [a] 'magoo [...] who talked as if his larynx was made of sandpaper." It quotes extensively from the court transcript, including many requests by Rubin to go to the bathroom (with the title derived from a water saving campaign slogan used in the New York area during the drought of 1965). From the start, the article (if article it is) outlines a dire political scenario: “By now most everyone has an idea of the repression that’s going on in Amerika. Fascism! Bummer! Genocide! Horrow [sic] show! “ It is however done with a great deal of satirical detail, for example: “He [Ed Sanders] brought him [Hoffman] to his feet when he revealed to during a cross examination that the Yippies had planned for ‘dawn ass washing’ and a giant ceremony at Soldier’s field in which “Hubert Humphrey would confess to Allen Ginsberg his secret preference for anal intercourse.” Provenance, internal evidence, and paper size all suggest British origins, but we find no trace of "William Yippie," either online or in OCLC. Nevertheless, a vivid take on this landmark trial and distinctly American countercultural movement from a likely British sympathizer.