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My Brush with Greatness


For several years I worked as a bellman at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Hotel on Michigan Avenue. 

In that job I met many notable people.  On one occasion there was a city wide Chicago Police convention
at the hotel, and I saw a man stooping over the daily events listings.  I approached and asked if I could
help him find anything, and he replied that no, he was fine. 

He went on to introduce himself as Abbie Hoffman, and then he winked at me, nodded his head
towards a cop standing a few feet away from us, and said, "I'm their keynote speaker tonite." 
This brought a smile to my face. 

I thought it was rather ironic to find Abbie Hoffman in a building with hundreds of Chicago's finest. 
We spoke for a few minutes, and he told me he was actually in town for some Chicago Seven anniversary/reunion. 

Within a year or so of our meeting he was dead.


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