Excerpt from Chapter “The Convention”

NOW they make it legal: Reflections of an Aging Baby Boomer by Howard Harrison

Excerpt from Chapter “The Convention”:

The week of the convention, the city of Chicago was set up like a war zone. Thousands of anti-war protesters from throughout the country descended on the city to participate in organized rallies, marches and demonstrations. Chicago Mayor Richard Daley did not want his city embarrassed. He told police to do whatever it took to maintain order. In addition to 12,000 Chicago police, 15,000 state and federal officers were called in, along with another 15,000 Illinois National Guardsmen and U.S. military troops.

It was into this atmosphere that my friend Craig and I thought it would be fun to crash the convention.