Robert M. Ockene

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Robert M. Ockene (1934 – December 2, 1969) was a book editor, anti-war activist, founder of the Youth International Party (the Yippies), and a founder of Veterans and Reservists to End the War in Vietnam.[1] He was an editor at Grossman Publishers where he edited and produced the book that brought Ralph Nader to national attention, Unsafe at Any Speed. Later he became an executive editor at Bobbs-Merrill Company.[1]

He attended the October 1967 antiwar demonstration at the Pentagon. There he conceived the idea that the counter-cultural hippies of the anti-war movement needed leadership distinct from the political new left leaders of the movement.[2] He met with Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and Paul Krassner during November and December 1967 to develop the idea into what became the Youth International Party, or Yippies.[2]

Also in 1967, Ockene helped organize Supports-in-Action, a group which grew into the prominent Vietnam-era draft resistance organization, Resist.[1]

Ockene died of leukemia on December 2, 1969.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Robert Ockene, 35, Editor Foe of War". The New York Times. 2 December 1969. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Doggett, Peter (2007). There's a Riot Going On: Revolutionaries, Rock Stars, and the Rise and Fall of the '60s. New York: Canongate. pp. 134–35. ISBN 9781847671806.