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Oscar Zeta Acosta

American attorney, politician, novelist and activist (1935-1974)

1935   -   1974

country of citizenship: United States of America
languages spoken, written or signed: English
educated at: San Francisco State University, San Francisco Law School, Oakdale High School
occupation: lawyer, novelist, writer, politician, jurist

Oscar "Zeta" Acosta Fierro (; April 8, 1935 – disappeared 1974) was a Mexican-American attorney, politician, novelist and activist in the Chicano Movement. He was most well known for his novels Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo (1972) and The Revolt of the Cockroach People (1973), and for his friendship with American author Hunter S. Thompson. Thompson characterized him as a heavyweight Samoan attorney, Dr. Gonzo, in his 1971 novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Acosta disappeared in 1974 during a trip in Mexico and is presumed dead.
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