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View Diary: R.I.P. Ben Masel (184 comments)

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  •  A rare spirit indeed (15+ / 0-)

    I grew up in wingnut Waukesha and then moved to Madison to start college in the early 80's. In the fall of my freshman year, Jerry Farwell and a crowd of his follwers held a "pro-family" rally in Madison.

    I don't think any of these mostly out-of town Farwellites were prepared for the greeting they received. A large crowd of protesters screamed and marched and drowned out poor Jerry's sermon. Farwell was completely flustered and the rally ended early. That was the first time I saw Ben--he was yelling louder than anyone and was running around exorting people like a crazy man. This protest was so much fun--we rattled the haters! RIP Ben, you were an inspiration to all who knew you.

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