Emmett Grogan (c.1943-1978) was born Eugene Grogan in Brooklyn, New York. Called a “Superman of the Underground” by The Times (London), he was the founder of the Diggers, a legendary anarchistic group in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s that supplied free food, housing, and medical aid to runaways. On April 6, 1978, the thirty-five-year-old Grogan was found dead on a subway car in New York City, possibly of a drug overdose. Besides his autobiography, Grogan was the author of Final Score, a fictional crime novel.
Grogan went from street punk to teenage junkie to countercultural icon in a few years. As the leader of the San Francisco Diggers in the ‘60s he set the tone—puckish, anarchic, radical—for a movement that was to alter the social fabric. He was also a great self-mythologizer. As Paul Krassner put it, “The leader of the Diggers doesn’t exist, and his name is Emmett Grogan.”