Hoffman claimed to be pointing out that, metaphorically, that's what NYSE traders "were already doing." "We didn't call the press," wrote Hoffman.
"At that time we really had no notion of anything called a media event." Yet the press was quick to react and by evening the event was reported around the world.
On February 18, 1970, Hoffman and four of the other defendants (Rubin, Dellinger, Davis, and Hayden) were found guilty of intent to incite a riot while crossing state lines.After that incident, the stock exchange spent ,000 to enclose the gallery with bulletproof glass.Hoffman was arrested and tried for conspiracy and inciting to riot as a result of his role in anti-Vietnam War protests, which were met by a violent police response during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.During the Vietnam War, Hoffman was an anti-war activist, using deliberately comical and theatrical tactics.In late 1966, Hoffman met with a radical community-action group called the Diggers Abbie, who was a friend of mine, was always a media junky.
During his school days, he became known as a troublemaker who started fights, played pranks, vandalized school property, and referred to teachers by their first names.