Judge Hoffman became the favorite courtroom target of the Chicago Seven defendants, who frequently would insult the judge to his face.
Abbie Hoffman told Judge Hoffman "you are a 'shande fur de Goyim' [disgrace in front of the gentiles].
One of Hoffman's well-known stunts was on August 24, 1967, when he led members of the movement to the gallery of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
The protesters threw fistfuls of real and fake dollar bills down to the traders below, some of whom booed, while others began to scramble frantically to grab the money as fast as they could.
Hoffman was born November 30, 1936, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to John Hoffman and Florence Schanberg.
Hoffman was raised in a middle-class household and had two younger siblings.
"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.After that incident, the stock exchange spent ,000 to enclose the gallery with bulletproof glass.