Hoffman, Abbie

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Hoffman, Abbie Gender: M
Abbot Howard Hoffman
born on 30 November 1936 at 01:30 (= 01:30 AM )
Place Worcester, Massachusetts, 42n16, 71w48
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating DD
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 07°53' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 29°54 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 03°38'

Abbie Hoffman
photo: Richard O. Barry from San Diego, California, United States, license cc-by-2.0


American radical and author who was an activist from his UC Berkeley days in the 1960s when he opposed the Vietnam war. In 1968, along with Jerry Rubin, he formed an amalgam of political pranksters into the Youth International Party, the Yuppies. In 1968, they ran a pig as a candidate for the President of the United States.

He went underground in 1974 to avoid trial on cocaine possession charges, and stayed incognito for nearly seven years, working with environmental issues. He was arrested for the 42nd time in 1987 while protesting CIA recruitment at the University of Massachusetts.

A middle-class Jewish kid from the suburbs who thought of himself as a misfit, Hoffman grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts. He studied psychology at Brandeis and UC Berkeley and got a job as a salesman for a pharmaceutical company. He was always the master pitchman with a million ideas a minute.

Radical politics turned out to be his drug-of-choice from the time he got hooked as a demonstrator at Berkeley, moving on to civil rights in the south and food bank organizer in New York City. By 1968, when the counterculture reached its high-water mark, he was one of its self-created superstars. Though he may not have succeeded in making a revolution out of his pranks, he did hot-wire all the cultural and political strands of the '60s into one label, the "counterculture."

In 1960 he married Sheila when they were just out of college. With their two small kids, she left him in 1966. His second wife, Anita Kushner, whom he married in 1967, said "I spent my days bailing him out of jail, seeing my role as a helpmate to his cause." He and former model Johanna Lawrenson, whom he met while laying low in Mexico, were together for 14 years but never married. All of his families loved him dearly though he drew them into a vortex of which he remained the center, and could think up endless amounts of work for other people to do. Money was always a problem.

With bipolar disorder combined with a keen moral sense and a passion for justice, he was the clown prince of the left wing, the antiwar movement's mad genius of media. He disrupted business on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange by tossing dollar bills from the balcony. He rallied 50,000 anti-Vietnam War demonstrators to levitate the Pentagon. He nominated Pegasus for President when thousands of protesters converged on Chicago to demonstrate at the 1968 Democratic Convention. The violence in the streets there led to the most famous political trial of the decade, as Hoffman and his Chicago-Eight co-defendants were charged in 1969 with conspiracy to incite riot. He was the author of "Revolution For the Hell of It," and "Steal This Book," 1971.

Eventually he learned that nostalgia is another form of depression. The consummate showman, he found in middle age that the curtain had closed on his act. It no longer mattered.

He was found dead in his home on 12 April 1989, laying in bed fully dressed; he had recently been fighting with a bout of depression. He had ingested a lethal mix of alcohol and the equivalent of 150 Phenobarbital pills. Though he'd been taking lithium and other prescribed drugs, he really had just given up.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Davis, Rennie (born 23 May 1940). Notes: "Chicago Seven" co-conspirators
  • associate relationship with Hayden, Tom (born 11 December 1939). Notes: "Chicago Seven" co-conspirators
  • associate relationship with Kunstler, William (born 7 July 1919). Notes: Attorney/client
  • associate relationship with Rubin, Jerry (born 14 July 1938). Notes: "Chicago Seven" co-conspirators
  • associate relationship with Weinglass, Leonard (born 27 August 1933). Notes: Attorney/client
  • role played of/by Azaria, Hank (born 25 April 1964). Notes: Voiced in 2007 film "Chicago 10"


  • Crime : Arrest 3 June 1954 in Worcester (Driving without a license, age 17)
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  • Social : Joined group 1968 (Formed Youth International Party)
  • Crime : Arrest 4 October 1968 in Washington (Arrested for desecrating the U.S. flag (was wearing a flag shirt))
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  • Crime : Trial dates 24 September 1969 in Chicago ("Chicago Eight" trial begins)
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  • Crime : Arrest 5 May 1971 in Greenwich Village (Travel to incite riot)
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  • Crime : Arrest 28 August 1973 in Manhattan (Selling three pounds of cocaine)
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  • Social : Secret activity 1974 (Went underground to avoid trial)
  • Crime : Trial dates 16 April 1974 in Manhattan (Bench warrant issues for evasion)
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  • Social : Institutionalized - prison, hospital 4 September 1980 in Manhattan (Surrenders to police on drugs and evasion charges)
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  • Crime : Arrest 1987 (For the 42nd time)

Source Notes

B.C. in hand from Frances McEvoy has no time. Richard Gehman quotes Hoffman's mom for 1:30 AM (The data came from Steve Stukey, as his former girl friend worked for Hoffman's lawyer, William Kunstler, whose wife is an astrologer and got the data.) A clipping sent by Buell Huggins from The Riverside Times, a St. Louis newspaper, 4/26/1989, p.14, had an article by Al Giordano with 4:30 PM. LMR wrote to, and talked to Giordano, who said that Hoffman had told him that he was a double Sag, he thought it was 4:30 PM. Giordano felt that the information was shaky and did not trust it


  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric
  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty
  • Traits : Personality : Idealist
  • Traits : Personality : Principled strongly
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Drugs (Cocaine)
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Bi-Polar Disorder
  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Depression (Severe, terminal)
  • Family : Relationship : Cohabitation more than 3 yrs (14 years with Johanna)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : On the edge (Money always a problem)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Misfit
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Civil/ Political (Arrested 42 times for political activism)
  • Personal : Death : Suicide
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political (Activist against Vietnam war)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Famous : Newsmaker