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by Scott Saul
The Narion (11 March 2010)

“In the fall of 1964, with the Free Speech Movement roiling the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, 21-year-old Mario Savio felt, with some pride of ownership, that “this little place had become…one of the central places on the planet.” Four years later, Savio was falling off the map—living a few miles from campus in the West Berkeley flats, working on the assembly line of an electrical parts firm and caring with his wife for their infant son, who’d been born with severe developmental problems. The man the New York Times had dubbed “the archangel of student revolt” was finding shelter in quiet anonymity. Even the FBI, which named Savio one of fifteen “key activists” in early 1968 and investigated his bank accounts, phone accounts and workplace, concluded in a report that maybe he wasn’t such a key activist anymore.”


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