Our July roster of contributors is as talented and accomplished a bunch as has ever fit between two covers. Come meet some of them. “Trying to keep up with Bill Lee is mentally and physically self-defeating,” says writer Ken Kelley. “His mind is as fast as his fastball.”
Just when you thought the marijuana laws were softening, oops, there goes another right. The feds have modeled a law for your town to enact that would abolish your freedom to buy a bong. Hand pipes, clips, gins—even papers—are threatened. Property rights would cease, and sellers could be jailed and fined if the government deemed such wares intended for use with a controlled substance.
This is in response to the article by Frank Browning entitled “The Drug Stops Here: The Story Behind the White House Dope Policy“ [HIGH TIMES, April ’80]. For the record, I was not “an informer” on Peter Bourne, nor did I “decide to call the Post” to report Dr. Bourne’s purported cocaine use, as Mr. Browning alleges.
Q: Last fall I read a news item about a bunch of people busted in Gimbels in New York for wearing “Boycott J.P. Stevens” T-shirts, but the local papers never explained the boycott, and I never see that brand name. What’s this about? —Mercy Kandell, Stockton, Mo.
I’ve always wondered where the expression “Holy Toledo!” came from, having checked out Toledo, Ohio, and not found any ready answers. At last, I’ve come across the probable cause in a very unlikely place: an article by Madalyn O’Hair entitled "Solicitation” in the American Atheist (vol. 21, October 1979, pp. 35-6).
July promises to challenge the signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn to make themselves more appealing to other people. Don’t worry if you’re not one of these signs! Somewhere in your life you have a bit of Cancer or Capricorn. Maybe you’ll be challenged in your Aries job or Libra home.
As 1972 approached, Haldeman began to rev up the image machinery for the re-election campaign. This reportedly involved, among other things, an in-depth marketing survey, which came up with the astounding discovery that the name Nixon generally turned people off.
Californians will have the opportunity to usher in the most progressive marijuana laws in the nation if a statewide initiative qualifies for the November ballot. In some respects, the measure is similar to Alaska's law, currently the most liberal in the country.
NIDA Dusts off Old Propaganda: PCP Horror Stories Serve as Advertisements
SAN FRANCISCO—After years of relaying sensational horror stories about phencyclidine (PCP), the National Institute on Drug Abuse may finally be prepared to take a serious, scientific view of the drug and its real perils. At a meeting here called the National Conference on the Problems and Prevention of PCP Abuse, NIDA assistant research director Dr. Robert Petersen hinted that lurid scare campaigns against drugs like PCP may actually enhance their attractiveness to many people; and that, in fact, the real effects of PCP—a trance-inducing anesthetic—may make its users no terrific threat to anyone but themselves.
LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND—The unprecedented growth in illegal drug use throughout Europe in the last ten years is finally being recognized, although official response to it has been exceedingly tentative in most countries. Heroin addiction has skyrocketed, while its consumption has fallen by half in the United States, and illegal use of marijuana, speed and prescription downs like Valium—commonly mixed with alcohol—has scandalized many people.
Misses are becoming more frequent than hits in Jamaica, as two recent fly-by-night smuggling attempts were given the deep six. The first incident occurred when an overloaded pontoon plane flipped over on takeoff and sank, leaving only the two aluminum floats visible above water.
Marijuana, or any mind-altering substance, no matter how mild, can cause severe discomfort and possibly damage to contact lens wearers, according to a noted contact lens specialist. Dr. Harry Hollander, chairman of the Contact Lens Committee of the Optometric Council of New York, says, "Harsh smoke interferes with the eye's natural irrigation.
It's June already. The last of the starts are in the ground; the earliest are beginning to declare sex. If you're on the West Coast, the grasshoppers are beginning to drive you crazy, and the rat traps need to be checked daily (rodents can do in a young garden in an evening).
Paul's Pot-Bust Shocker Makes Him Jailhouse Rocker
"I think we could decriminalize marijuana, and I would like to see a really unbiased medical report on it," said pop singer Paul McCartney after being deported from Japan for bringing almost half a pound of marijuana into Tokyo for an 11-concert Wings tour that had to be cancelled.
On October 18, 1968, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were arrested in Ringo's basement apartment by the Scotland Yard Drug Squad for unlawful possession of cannabis resin (a lump of hash). John pleaded guilty; charges against Yoko were dropped. Lennon was fined £150 plus 20 guineas court costs.
Scandal Aboard Top Coast Guard Dope Spotter: Crew of the Steadfast Busted for Marijuana
George R. Wilkens
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA—A dozen members of the crew of a U.S Coast Guard cutter praised for drug-busting prowess on the high seas have been disciplined for possessing small quantities of marijuana aboard ship. But Lt. James Morton, administrative officer of the Steadfast, a St. Petersburg-based vessel, called the incident "minor," saying pot possession among junior crew members is to be expected in this day and age when an estimated 50 million Americans use the weed.
Deputy Secretary of Defense W. Graham Claytor testified before the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control that the prior use of cannabis didn't necessarily disqualify a person for enlistment or appointment to specialized military jobs.
The Colombian connection is rebounding with more strength than ever this year after a catastrophic 1979. By this spring primo Colombian gold appeared on the market in abundance for the first time in two years at around $550 to $600 a pound on the streets, up about $50 to $75 from top-notch gold in the spring of 1978.
HIGH TIMES welcomes anonymous reports, but please be specific about the area, type, quantity and quality of dope referred to. If you are aware of other prices or have other relevant information or suggestions, please send them in. The THMQ is intended solely for comparative purposes and in no way is meant as an inducement to illegal activity, or as an en dorsement of dope usage or trafficking, or as an endorsement of any particular dope.
"Everybody's been giving me hell about it all day," chuckled Kansas district judge Wayne Phillips after sending a 23-year-old quadriplegic to jail for a year for possession of marijuana. "Well, he got a lot less than anybody else would have.
"I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE...." At last it can be revealed (partially, anyway) that Jane Fonda has seen the light—inspired by the Iranian crisis—to adopt the Flag and the American Way. Sources close to the reconverted patriot hint that last April Jane offered to trade herself for the hostages in Tehran and was actually accepted.
The "Spaceman" of Montreal goes to bat for marijuana, balks at baseball bosses and strikes out at Bowie Kuhn
Bill Lee is not your typical left-handed fastball superstar pitcher. The only thing typical about him is that he’s an atypical jock: His heroes are not Babe Ruth or Sandy Koufax, but Albert Einstein and Kurt Vonnegut. Since his debut with the Boston Red Sox in 1968, the press has had a field day trying to pin down the personality of the 32-year-old, gangly iconoclast.
Here are Jonny Keats' piss-a-bed poetry....No more Keats, I entreat: flay him alive; if some of you don't I must skin him myself: there is no bearing the drivelling idiotism of the Mankin. —George Lord Byron, in letter to John Murray, October 12, 1820 I do like to see the arms and legs fly.
For Rip Torn, one of America’s finest character actors, most of the “Me Decade” passed by as the era of Not Him. It was not that choice roles were not available. It was just that some director, producer or elusive phantom figure inevitably would wave his index finger negatively in a lateral direction, and the word would come down: “Not him!”
Like all responsible professionals in the drug racket, we at HIGH TIMES keep up scrupulously with all the latest developments in pharmaceutical science by subscribing to medical journals. While the prose itself in these magazines tends to be pretty arid and obscure—Determination of beta-lipotropin binding sites through a horseradish peroxidase vehicle," you'd never guess that was about smack—the ads are a pure joy to behold.
No other drug has so many applications with so few untoward side effects
Reduces Gastric Acid Level
Relieves Glaucomic Visual Distortion
Promotes Physician-Patient Dialogue
Over 60 synergistic compounds in one natural medication
Dosage and Administration:
Usage in pregnancy:
Cannabis is the only dependable adjunct to most cancer chemotherapy preparations, consistently reducing nausea and emesis over a long term: Patients consequently tend to maintain body weight throughout the course of therapy, and further benefit from the drug's allied mood elevation.
Someday if the silly and benighted prohibition of the precious herb is lifted from the land, we’ll be able to hold our annual weed awards with a ceremony appropriate to its importance: a prime-time telecast live from Hawaii with gold-leaf statuettes (the Herbies?) for the winners, guest appearances by the greatest growers and lots of samples for the panel of judges.
Kirlian photography. Electrobioluminescence. Photopsychography. Electrophotography. All these expressions are part of the new lexicon researchers are using to describe the process of recording the aura. The aura has been represented in prehistoric rock paintings and is clearly defined in the works of Paracelsus, Swedenborg, William Blake, Rudolf Steiner, Annie Besant and many more.
The simplest Kirlian device employs a Tesla coil, a transformer that produces alternating current of high voltage and frequency but in a safe low-amperage flow. The current is delivered to flat, horizontal positive and negative copper electrodes, parallel and close together.
New York architect Peter Stamberg spent two years thinking about his pyramid—and two days executing it. Explained Stamberg, “I wanted it to appear as a monolithic form with the same proportions as the Great Pyramid.” The 10½-foot pyramid with its 15-by-15-foot base lets natural light in during the daytime and glows from within at night.
Doug Sahm, aka Sir Douglas aka Doug Saldana, is one of this country’s greatest natural musical resources. A child prodigy steel-guitar player, Sahm absorbed most of his rich Texas musical heritage by his teens, playing country-western swing and the blues of T-Bone Walker’s stirring, liquid guitar lines.
All right, so why shouldn’t a regular American kid from Detroit try to come on like a mystery maiden from the Transylvanian forest? We’ve all met at least several of the type. Besides, a casual survey of passing bumper stickers will present the variations on the theme: “I’d rather be sailing,” or dancing-jogging-flogging out on some Australian mountain range, you name it.
The roots of reggae are in a style of music called “ska” that came out of Jamaica in the mid ’60s. Ska was and is serious dance music organized around a big, insistent, unilateral beat—sounding something like a syncopated polka. And the beat was considerably faster than most reggae, so it was perfect accompaniment for the island versions of the twist, the stomp, the mashed potato and, of course, the funky chicken.
Just imagine it. Up on the bandstand is this 250-pound quivering jelly of a man dressed in a pair of soiled bathing trunks. When he opens his mouth he sounds like a cross between Captain Beefheart and Aqualung. And oy, he sings about the heartbreak of psoriasis, child molestation, the problems of fat men getting a little on the side, or loosing one’s wig while being hip and suave at the giggle-glitter disco.
You’re driving along in your car listening to the FM radio and this song comes on. Crisp guitar intro, punchy drums, melodic synthesizer riffs built into the arrangement, close vocal harmonies cranking out in metronomic, toy-town pop formula.
ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA—Dowsing—the art of locating underground water—has been vindicated as an applied science, after thousands of years of hotly condemned, albeit successful, practice. The secret of the dowsing procedure doesn't lie in the Y-shaped sprig of wood held by the operator, it turns out, but in the body of the dowser.
PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY—The ban on aerosol propellants in spray cans in the United States may have only a negligible effect in reducing the erosion of stratospheric ozone. If other countries don't eliminate chlorofluorocarbon-producing spray propellants, and particularly if other sources of fluorocarbon emission increase as expected, the ozone layer will be depleted by at least 16.5 percent by A.D. 2100.
SACRAMENTO—"The electronic church is the application of free enterprise to religion," testifies Ben Armstrong of the Christian Broadcasting Network. "We are a viable business as well as a religious phenomenon." It was through genuine grace from above, everyone agrees, that the electronic ministry of the gospel has mushroomed so abundantly over the last decade: namely, thanks to industrial telecommunications satellites.
United Nations Moves Drop by Drop toward Abolishing Torture
MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY—Julio Cooper lost his commission with the Sixth Cavalry of the Uruguayan army when he refused to torture a prisoner, and now his testimony before the United Nations Human Rights Commission may eventually help stop torture the world over.
PARIS—Once upon a time, a computer programmer in a U.S. bank punched in a secret system whereby the bank added ten cents to every service charge under $10, and $1 to every service charge over $10, with both surcharges to be paid into an account—in the same bank—held by his own pseudonym, "Zzwicke."
Kidnapping Boom: Profits for Terrorists and Industry Alike
PALERMO, SICILY—At last count only four people—an Italian rock star and his girl friend, and the wife and daughter of a British businessman—were being held for ransom in the mountains of northern Sicily, which actually constitutes a rather slow season for the European "political" kidnap racket.
German Sportscar Makers Kick the Dinos When They're Down
LONDON—"You can be sure we will treat the brontosaurus with more respect in the future," pledges John Ellner, director of Volkswagen's European ad campaign for the Audi. Under Ellner's direction, ads and TV commercials for months early this year were comparing all Audi's competitor cars to the extinct brontosaur, attributing all manner of fatal defects to the unfortunate dinosaur and hinting that various other cars would follow it inexorably into oblivion.
DAMASCUS, SYRIA—The movement toward Islamic fundamentalism in the Middle East may have at least one striking short-term benefit: the arrest of the "desertification" process, which in the past generation has destroyed thousands of hectares of previously viable land in the Arab world from Pakistan to Morocco.
BANGUI, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC—"For the last three months of the year, I insisted that no one be brutalized," declared president David Dacko toward the end of 1979. "The time is now up." Coming from any ruler of the Central African Republic, such a comment is inevitably a little bloodcurdling.
PEKING—Construction contractors around the world are advised that they can now retain a small army of authentic coolies, at exceptionally reasonable rates, within two months of making an agreement with the People's Republic government.
DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA—The discovery of large uranium deposits in the West African nation of Niger has unsettled observers elsewhere in Africa. Niger, previously one of the most underdeveloped backwaters on the continent, is suddenly being enthusiastically courted by the United States, West Germany, France and the European Economic Community.
"The first thing I expect to happen is that they will go off their food," zoo keeper George Callard hopefully speculates. "They may even stop eating the bamboo shoots." Puberty for pandas is an exceedingly delicate proposition, and so the attendants of young Chia Chia and Ching Ching at the London Zoo are leaving as little as possible to chance.
SCHRÖDINGER'S CAT, by Robert Anton Wilson (New York: Pocket Books, $2.50). This is bound to become one of those legendary books that are rumored to have strange effects on their readers. When word gets around, it'll have a reputation for inducing a higher, “enlightened" state in many of those who read it.
TETRARCH, by Alex Comfort (Boulder, Colorado: Shambhala Publ., $12.95). This, says the hype slip from the Random House distributors, is what Alex Comfort’s been up to since The Joy of Sex and More Joy of Sex. In fact it reads precisely like the idle amusement of a 60-ish British professor type who finds himself with lots of leisure time, piles of bread, and publishers slavering to print anything he will put his best-selling name to.
HIDDEN TERRORS, by A.J. Langguth (New York: Pantheon Books, $3.95). “This is a hard job, and somebody has to do it." The Dan Mitrione who was played by Yves Montand in State of Siege would never have uttered anything so banal and quizzical about his profession as latter-day Torquemada, which is why the movie was such unpersuasive propaganda.
All right, enough already with the pins and zippers. If you want to proclaim your proclivity for punk and new wave, try the subtle touch and dress collegiate while toking on a genuine Slick Brothers pipe. Each punky puffer is handmade from sycamore wood and chinaberry, and the colorful enamel design is protected by a garnish of varnish. Best of all, the price is only $2 and can be ordered from Slick Brothers, c/o Pritchard, 303 South Convent Ave., Tucson, Ariz. 85701.
remotecontrol home entertainment
That’s right, thanks to the JVC new remotecontrol home entertainment center you can select from any of eight preset AM/FM channels, tape a tune or control the volume of your stereo components, all at the mere press of a button. The system is composed of the Infrared Remote Control Center RM-505, the T-40 digital tuner and the QL-A5R turntable (suggested retail price: $1,029.25). Both the tuner and turntable have a special jack for connection with the 505. The system is compatible with speakers from any manufacturer and various JVC metal tape decks. Write JVC Corp., 58-75 Queens Midtown Expressway, Maspeth, N.Y. 11378.
pewter Hooter tooter
Alert! All you human vacuum cleaners better call up your nasal reserves for this one: The Hooter is here to facilitate in the recreational scarfing of imported white snuffables. Yes, the pewter Hooter tooter is a giggle-a-minute replica of the real thing; it stands upright, and the only attachment you need is that which the good Lord gave you to scarf with. Price: $7.95 plus $2.75 postage and handling, from Eldorado, 1840 Commerce St., Boulder, Colo. 80301.
The next time some nouveau-chic creeps flaunt their designer jeans in your face, meet them head-on by flashing your "Bull-shit" travel accessories in the Bouquet Collection (Robert Weisman Enterprises, P.O. Box 35518, Los Angeles, Ca. 90035). Pictured are the macho man’s purse ($40), billfold ($25), pocket secretary/organizer ($60), zippercase attaché ($95) and one-night-stand travel bag ($90). All accessories are constructed of Scotch-guard-protected woven fabric with leather trim, to provide years of use and abuse. “Flash" spotlights the latest accoutrements of the high life, including playthings, paraphernalia, instruments of pleasure, gadgets for your work and for your home—anything that adds zest and style to your day. If you know of any item that should be reviewed in this department, please send it to the Flash editor.