Thursday, January 13, 2011

On not ever meeting Timothy Leary...

I would have loved to have met Timothy Leary.  I read a lot of his books when I was in a very counter-culture phase of my life. People say that folks my age are "boomers," but I believe that we are on the cusp at most if not at the beginning of generation X. We missed out on the hippie years watching cartoon hippies on Saturday mornings.
I have a friend that played in a popular band that saw Leary at a big LA party. He said the crowd there was too young there to recognize Leary. So Leary, not talking to anyone, decided to amuse himself by doing something on a calculator. The calculator was solar-powered, and kept failing due to low lights at the party. So he eventually managed to keep the calculator going by lighting matches, one after another, laughing the whole time.


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