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Friday, 06 May 2016


allegedly to explore their therapeutic potential...

Actually, it's a real shame that LSD became stigmatised and/or used as an illicit drug, as that prevented real research being done on it for many decades.
Recent research (which is invariably labelled as 'controversial') suggests that it might be a safer and more effective treatment for conditions such as depression than the more socially acceptable medically approved drugs - some of which have done significant harm.

It's a shame that Leary didn't emphasise the science a little more than the "turn on, tune in, drop out" stuff, memorable though it might have been.

I seem to remember seeing these two debating on the televisual contraption... This was in Britain, but it was almost certainly a US programme.

I can only remember one thing though...

Liddy describing military personnel as having "room temperature IQ's".

Not a lot to remember, but something.

Selkirk may have suggested the pose with tongue in cheek, but Liddy and Leary clearly show they enjoyed the joke, too. Great picture, thanks for sharing it.

Not much to say, except-That's just too damn funny! Made my day. Well maybe a touch more after all.

I have a friend who became letter writing friends with Leary. He traveled with an entourage and lead a very interesting lifestyle to say the least. Always wished I had participated in one of the Electric Kool Aid Acid tests myself. Every person I know who experimented with LSD acknowledges it as one of the most important moments in their lives. These (and there are only a few in my circle) are today very successful people of stature and power. I'm sure there were others with different stories.

Around 1983, I was visiting a friend from my time in independent film studios in the early '70s making rock and roll documentaries (Joe Cocker: Mad Dogs... , Soul to Soul, etc.) My friend had been Editing Robert Altman films which lead to him working with Allen Rudolph who was also from the Altman "stable". During my visit I spent several hours in my friend's home editing room where he and Allen Rudolph were editing documentary footage of that Leary/Liddy tour. It was fairly amazing to see these 2 adversaries hanging out together both on and off stage. I don't think the movie ever got picked up for distribution but what I saw of it was fairly compelling stuff, at least for anyone who had lived through the '60s and '70s. By the way, they were workinfg on a KEM flatbed editing table (Keller-Elektro-Mechanik) such as was used to edit Woodstock, and which by 1983 was just about to go the way of the dinosaurs.

Batcha' a dollar that picture was made with a waist-level reflex finder . . .

I tried holding the photo over an open flame, and it wouldn't burn. Or dodge. I guess the trick is not minding.

They were sort of an odd couple and were actually friends, I recall, as is reflected in that photo.

Mike, do you know which year the picture was taken? You don't say.

re: Col. Flagg - "I think the wind just broke his leg."

Liddy wrote about the raid in his autobiography, Will. I don't know whether the book was written before or after his speaking tours with Leary (and am too lazy to look it up) but he definitely had respect for Leary's intellect, and was no dope himself. Apart from a forgivable density about his views of the participants in the Watergates events, Liddy's book is well written, very funny and well worth reading - it gives a first person demonstration of what happens when ideological reasoning is taken to extreme positions. Moreover, Liddy knew it, did it anyway, and was proud to have done it. I have nothing at all to say about possible present political parallels (except for some alliteration).

Turn on
Tune in
Drop out
Break in

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