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Book Report: Spear autobiography, how to shake hands in three easy lessons offered this week

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When I first moved to Minneapolis, 40 years ago, there was a young firebrand professor at the University of Minnesota, who was in the newspaper a good deal of the time.

He was a leader in the anti-war movement and a young turk in the DFL party. His name was Allan Spear.

Allan Spear was also gay, one of the first prominent Minnesotans to come out of the closet, no mean achievement for a man who was a Minnesota state senator.

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