Krassner, Paul

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Krassner, Paul Gender: M
born on 9 April 1932 at 01:00 (= 01:00 AM )
Place Brooklyn (Kings County), New York, 40n38, 73w56
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 19°10' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 23°49 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 11°01'

Paul Krassner (at City Lights Bookstore in 2009)
photo: Heidi De Vries from Berkeley, CA, license cc-by-2.0


American author, journalist, comedian, and the founder, editor and a frequent contributor to the freethought magazine "The Realist," 1958-1974, the first underground journal of the era which managed to shock and outrage his admiring readers with political scurrility, social and politically iconoclastic.

Krassner became a key figure in the counterculture of the 1960s as a member of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters and a founding member of the Yippies. A very hip guy, he spent a period of time doing standup acid comedy in the tradition of Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce. In 1986, he put "The Realist" back into print, doing battle with the establishment and the forces of respectability. The final issue of "The Realist" was #146 (Spring, 2001).

Krassner is the only person to win awards from both Playboy magazine (for satire) and the Feminist Party Media Workshop (for journalism). He died on 21 July 2019, aged 87, in Desert Hot Springs, California.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Bruce, Lenny (born 13 October 1925)
  • associate relationship with Kesey, Ken (born 17 September 1935). Notes: Members of the Merry Pranksters


Source Notes

Debbi Kempton-Smith quotes him, confirmed as AM


  • Traits : Mind : Child prodigy (Violin)
  • Traits : Personality : Eccentric (Anti-establishment)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Comedy
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Humor
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (The Realist)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("The Realist")