Mario Savio, the one-time University of California at Berkeley firebrand who helped trigger the student power movement of the 1960s, took the stage in front of Washington's elite Friday to address his son's graduating class from Sidwell Friends School.

Describing himself as "not just an aging rabble-rouser but a parent also," Savio, 45, spoke of his change during college from being "a most unpolitical son of unpolitical Italian immigrants.""We came to view America as a racist and imperialist power (hat) covered its tracks with a beguiling opportunity for self expression.

"It was always right now in the '60s - Freedom Now, Peace Now. Did we not know that we could spoil the work by the way we dashed it off? We lived our lives as if we might not live to the ripe old age of 30. Even so, we did not leave all our eggs in one basket. We bore children."

Savio's son, 18-year-old Nadav Savio, who plans to attend Wesleyan University in Connecticut, not Berkeley, told The Washington Post that he has not become involved in political issues.

"Some of what happened (n the '60s) was excessive," he said. Some people went overboard in various ways, but there was a lot of good feeling among people and between people and that's something that should be resurrected." He said he was impressed with his father's speech.