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Dr. Edward Robinson Squibb vs. Adam MCA Yauch

Who was Squibb anyway?

The Brooklyn Paper

Brooklyn Heights hip hop lovers are trying to rename Squibb Park after late Beastie Boy Adam Yauch — a move that would commemorate the rapper known as MCA while stripping away a long-standing tribute to pharmaceutical innovator Dr. Edward Robinson Squibb. Both men were neighborhood icons and leaders in their fields — here’s how they stack up:

Licensed to:

MCA: Ill

Squibb: Treat illness

Greatest hit:

MCA: “Paul Revere”

Squibb: Anesthetic ether

Fought for:

MCA: The right to party

Squibb: The purity of medicines

Altruistic efforts:

MCA: Started the Tibetan Freedom Concerts in the 1990s

Squibb: Sold Brooklyn Heights land to the city for just $800 — when bureaucrats were willing to pay him $1,600 for it

Supplied:

MCA: Generations of white kids with relatable rap idols

Squibb: Ether and other pharmaceuticals to Army medical stores — providing roughly one twelfth of their total stock

Unintended legacy:

MCA: Kid Rock

Squibb: Hunter S. Thompson

Career began in:

MCA: An NYU dorm room

Squibb: A Navy vessel

Facilitated:

MCA: The rise of hip hop from a fringe genre to mainstream music

Squibb: The treatment of horrific injuries during the Civil War

—Eli Rosenberg

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at erosenberg@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at twitter.com/emrosenberg.

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Matt from Brooklyn Heights says:
Well golly...when you break it down like that, it sure seems silly to dishonor Dr. Squibb don't it?
May 22, 2012, 3:44 pm

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