Edward T. Hall III, better known as “Ted” to his friends, has become one of loudest voices on Occupy Wall Street. The lanky redhead with the neon-splotched hat looks vaguely like a Scream-era Matthew Lillard, making him easy to identify in YouTube videos of protests, where he can frequently be found preaching to the crowd in almost every single instance of arrests during the occupation of Zuccotti Park.
So why is The New York Times making him the poster boy for the protest?
Last Friday, The New York Times posted a video in its City Room blog, called “Opposite Sides of the Protest Come Together, Briefly.” The video shows Mr. Hall discussing the movement with Jimmy Vivona, a stockbroker on Wall Street.
A source on Occupy Wall Street’s General Assembly had previously told The New York Observer that Ted was often on the front lines screaming and leading chants. An early ABC video of the protests seems to confirm this analysis.