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Abbie Hoffman was born in Worcester in 1936. He grew up there, later attended Brandeis University in Waltham, and eventually became infamous beyond the borders of Massachusetts.

During the 1960s, Hoffman traveled across the country, protesting poverty, segregation, the death penalty, and ultimately the war in Vietnam. He founded the Youth International Party, whose members were known as "yippies," and he is perhaps best known as one of the "Chicago Seven", who were arrested for inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

But Abbie Hoffman always came back to Worcester and now his hometown has mounted an exhibit about his life. It's called "To Abbie With Love" at the Worcester Historical Museum. Curator Holly Izard speaks with WBUR's Bob Oakes about the show.

This program aired on February 1, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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Bob Oakes Senior Correspondent
Bob Oakes was a senior correspondent in the WBUR newsroom, a role he took on in 2021 after nearly three decades hosting WBUR's Morning Edition.



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