Elderism #75

September 27th, 2010

“I am not a hoodlum. I am an expert barbecue cook.”

-73 year-old Black Panther Party cofounder Bobby Seale, referring to 1967, when Ronald Reagan, then-governor of California, called Seale a “hoodlum.” The eighth of the “Chicago Eight” (the Eight became the Seven when Seale was tried alone after a judge had him bound and gagged for obstreporousness), Seale, the grandfather of four, leads a quieter life now. He still lectures on college campuses in his trademark black beret; but his real passion is barbecuing–or, as he calls it, Bobbyque.