When I got my FBI files, I learned this, that the old Life magazine had done a profile of me that was favorable.1 And so the COINTEL program at the FBI, which was short for Counter Intelligence Program, one of the agents sent a poison pen letter, which means that it didn’t have — it wasn’t FBI stationery, he just wrote saying that he was a student at Brooklyn College that — and he made it have a certain verisimilitude by saying details like it was at the school of general studies.2 And he wrote a letter complaining about the article on me, a letter to the editor saying that it was far too cute to label me as a social rebel, that I was a nut, a raving, unconfined nut.3 So, when I learned that, I decided to title my autobiography “Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut”. So, it was turning a negative thing into a positive thing, and I was grateful to the FBI for that.4

  1. Institute For Regional Education []
  2. Element Of Ridicule []
  3. Outsiders []
  4. Controversy []
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