Nomination for Unabomber for President

September 09, 1996

In 1968, as the whole world was watching the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, anti-war Yippies captured media attention by nominating a pig for President. This piece of guerilla theater made a serious statement about the corruption of politicians, the power of the police, and the irrelevance of national elections. In 1996, a couple of activists are taking a similar tactic by promoting a far more controversial candidate for the White House. Lydia Eccles and Chris Korda, are waging a write-in campaign for the Unabomber for President. Eccles and Korda were able to get into the Democratic National Convention in Chicago as members of the press: they invented a network called TV-TV and a program called News-News, and so they had credentials to be on the inside. That’s where Pacifica’s Julie Drizin met Lydia Eccles and Chris Korda as they campaigned on behalf of the Unabomber.