01.27.2007 (Saturday), 11:50 PM

In The Middle of The Lake


Radio personality Alex Bennett (he used to be on the air out here but now he's on Sirius Radio) used to love to tell stories about 60's radical Abbie Hoffman. When Abbie was hiding out from the law in upstate New York from the mid-to-late 70's, Bennett used to (apparently) visit him occasionally.

One of those visits included a trip out to a lake near Hoffman's residence where Bennett and Hoffman got into a rowboat and rowed out to the middle of this lake which was basically in the middle of nowhere. Then when the boat has settled and things were real quiet, Hoffman stood up and shouted as loud as he could "I am Abbie Hoffman!". As his voice echoed off the nearby hills, Hoffman then explained that this was the only way he could stay sane and hidden at the same time.

It is an interesting concept, I think, to proclaim one's truths in that way. Sounds liberating, if only for a moment.

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