Timothy Leary © wood engraving (ed. 40) image: 7 x 5 in. $100.00 (go to "Hi There" for purchase information)
Our memories of the "sixties" would not be what they are without Timothy Leary. There are those who credit Dr. Leary with the sixties popularity of hallucinogenic drugs, starting when he was a professor of psychology at the University of California in Berkeley. After Berkeley he taught at Harvard but was fired from there when he helped the student population "turn-on" to LSD. That didn't stop his campaign to produce and promote the use of LSD. He relocated in upper New York state where he caught the attention of the assistant district attorney, G. Gordon Liddy and the FBI. Dr. Leary had various run-ins with the law after LSD became illegal. When one of his convictions was overturned by the US Supreme Court he decided he was popular enough to run for governor of California against Ronald Reagan. In 1970 he was sentenced to ten years in prison and when he took the prison psychological test (a test he helped design) he was placed in a trusted position as a gardener, from which he was able to eventually escape. The notorious Weathermen Underground was paid to smuggle him, with his wife, to Algeria. After a conflict with the exiled Black Panther, Eldridge Cleaver, he moved to Switzerland under the protection of an arms dealer there. Later, he separated from his wife and traveled to various countries until he was finally caught by US agents and returned to the US. He was placed in a cell at Folsom Prison, next to Charles Manson.

After Leary was released from prison in 1976 he became a popular lecturer and teamed up with ex-prosecutor and ex-convict Watergate burglar, G. Gordon Liddy. The two were a popular team on the lecture circuit, debating the state of American morals. Timothy Leary continued to use drugs but was less evangelical about their legalization. The cause he chose to promote as he neared the end of his life was space colonization. He expressed an interest in out-of-the-ordinary religions and human-computer interaction, as well as cryonics. When he eventually died of prostate cancer in 1996, his will dictated that his head was to be cryogenically preserved and the remainder of his body was to be cremated and the ashes divided amongst family and friends. A portion of those ashes were to be sent into orbit around the earth. In 1997 a rocket, with the ashes of Timothy Leary and a number of others, was launched in a capsule to earth orbit.

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