Former disinformation® editor Matt Staggs reminds us of what he calls “one of Earth Day’s biggest black eyes,” at Biographile:
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On April 22, 1970, tens of thousands of people came together in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park to celebrate the first Earth Day: an event organized to raise awareness regarding pollution and other threats to our planet’s ecological health.
The master of ceremonies for the event was Ira Einhorn, a man known as “the Unicorn” after the English translation of his German surname, “one horn.” Many years later, he would become better known as “the Unicorn Killer.”
Einhorn was something of a Philadelphia celebrity, and rising star among the era’s activists, intellectuals, artists, and gurus. According to the writer Gary Lachman, author of The Dedalus Book of the 1960s: Turn Off Your Mind, the Unicorn counted among his friends the mystic Baba Ram Dass, author Philip K.