They’re all around 60 now, solid citizens, mellowed with age. These former college classmates jokingly refer to their old group as the Fitchburg Seven. Back in 1969, however, they were dead serious.
Back then, staff members of the student newspaper at Fitchburg State College filed suit after the school’s administration pulled their funding over what it saw as inappropriate content, including profanity and sexual innuendo. Led by Tewksbury native John Antonelli, a junior and editor of the campus newspaper called the Cycle, the students sued college President James J. Hammond in federal court, and won.