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One-third of the folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Peter Yarrow co-wrote and sang hits like "Puff the Magic Dragon." He is now a social and political activist.
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The organization developed the "Don't Laugh at Me" program, which uses music and video to teach conflict resolution to elementary and middle school students, and is distributed at no cost to schools.
Yarrow married Mary Beth McCarthy, the niece of the Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy, in October 1969, and the couple had two children. They later divorced.
In 1970, Yarrow pleaded guilty to taking "immoral and indecent liberties" with a 14-year-old girl who came to his hotel room asking for an autograph. He served three months in prison, and was later pardoned by President Jimmy Carter. He has since acknowledged that it as the worst mistake he ever made.
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