Timothy Leary's Dead....
no, no, no, no...he's outside, looking in.
Remember that song by the Moody Blues?
I was checking in over at the Zombie blog to see if she had any new stuff up. Looks like she's doing what she feels is her part to slam Barrack Obama by posting some research she did on the Obama/ Ayers connection. Then I noticed, once again, mention of The Weathermen's participation in the escape of psychedelic guru, Timothy Leary, from prison.
That got me to wondering. What was Timothy Leary all about? I was fascinated, even back then, by a lot of the sixties and early seventies revolutionary groups and personalities. The Weathermen, Symbionese Liberation Army, Black Panthers, Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin. The list goes on. I was fascintated by all of them.
But I never knew all that much about Timothy Leary, other than he was a big researcher and promoter of hallucinogenic drugs and had escaped from a California prison and made his way to supposed refuge in Algeria. I remember watching the poorly made film of Leary being interviewed by Eldrige Cleaver- also living in exile in Algeria at the time. Fascinating stuff, although the Algeria interview was a bit duller than I had hoped for.
I always wondered how The Weathermen broke Leary out of prison. Word was that they were responsible. Might that info be available now that so much time has passed?
I guess not- at least not that I could find from a quick search- but, according to Wikipedia, Leary escaped by himself and The Weathermen only helped him make his way to Algeria.
There was a lot more there, though. I was really amazed at the life that guy made. He actually did quite a bit of work, met all kinds of people and made some impact on the world. I used to be under the impression he was just a half- way interesting pyschedelic nut- case. Looks like there was a lot more to him than that.
Fascinating guy when you really take a look at him.