Drugs The Bear Speaks
posted by July 12 at 14:59 PMon
As part of their coverage of the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Joel Selvin tracked down Owsley “Bear” Stanley during a recent visit to the Bay Area. Stanley is the first person to mass produce LSD in the mid-’60s—an estimated 1.25 million hits. He’s notoriously private, Selvin writes, rarely allowing his photo to be taken and spending the last couple decades living in isolation on the tropical coast of Queensland, Australia, waiting out the ecological disaster he believes is impending.
Owsley has subsisted on a meat-only diet for the past 40 years or so, even when things got really bad during a recent bout with throat cancer. Writes Selvin, “At one point, he was reduced to injecting his puree of steak and espresso directly into his stomach.”
Some of Stanley’s words to take to heart: “What I did was a community service, the way I look at it. I was punished for political reasons. Absolutely meaningless. Was I a criminal? No. I was a good member of society. Only my society and the one making the laws are different.”
“Any time the music on the radio starts to sound like rubbish, it’s time to take some LSD.”
Read the whole story here.