They're wild, they're zany, they're mishpocha. Yes folks, that's right, in a publishing coup that has literary circles agog with amazement, HIGH TIMES has managed to bring to you America's First Family of Amusement, the Friedmans, in a single issue.
As we were about to go to press, we learned of the tragic death of Mike Bloomfield. Michael will be remembered in our June issue.—Ed. The Mike Bloomfield piece, "Me and Big Joe" [Dec `80], is just about the best bit of blues journalism I've ever read.
Have you ever been inside a really fantastic wine cellar? Rows and rows and racks and racks of bottles from floor to ceiling, vintage bottles that have been gathering dust for decades on the outside, growing in flavor and splendor from the subtle alchemy of age on the inside.
I cut my teeth on airplanes back in the `60s, racing to the Sacramento Valley in a white convertible, top down, in 100-degree heat, to represent the best boys in the world; in their Cherokee 6's they ran the finest Mexican weed that ever made its way to a crop duster's field.
"I need a man and a real movie-type love affair," moaned Linda Ronstadt in these pages back in January. Even Stevie Wonder could see the woman was lonely, real lonely, so we figured we'd help out and get the girl a date. Well, we ran her plea and requested that all of you send in your snapshots and state your qualifications as Linda's potential Prince Charming.
SAN FRANCISCO—More than a dozen deaths in California and Arizona over the past several months have been attributed to a synthetic narcotic (supposedly 40 to 80 times as potent as heroin) that is being sold on the street as "China white" smack.
The model antiparaphernalia law authored by the Drug Enforcement Administration failed a pivotal court test in December when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit overturned an earlier ruling by a lower court and struck down a Parma, Ohio, ordinance as unconstitutionally vague.
NOVATO, CALIFORNIA—Police in this small Marin County municipality were duly impressed with the 200 robust indica plants they found growing in hydroponic tubs under halide lights in an industrial warehouse. They assigned the flourishing modern garden a street value of $200,000 and promised to charge the 19-year-old renter of the warehouse, Mark Mengarelli, with felony cultivation and possession for sale.
OR: WHAT NOT TO DO WITH FIVE POUNDS OF COKE, TWO HANDGUNS, AND A RENTED CAR 3,000 MILES FROM HOME
If you can't make any sense of this story, don't worry. We can't either. It all started one afternoon south of San Francisco on Interstate 280. Edwin Leung, a young butcher from the city by the bay, was headed home. Somewhere near Daly City, he passed a late-model Buick with Florida plates.
New on the list of slip-ups, seizures and sorry sucker set-ups are the following: Mentor, Ohio—About four tons of weed found by police in and around an overturned, rented and abandoned truck on the Ohio Turnpike. Spokane, Washington—Sixty gallons of psilocybin mushrooms in small plastic bags, and about 35 pot plants rescued by narcs from a fire-damaged house.
SAN FRANCISCO—When city narcs moved in to bust 57-year-old Mary Rathburn’s pot bakery in the Castro district, they chalked up one of the easiest busts ever. As one gumshoe put it, “It was a piece of cake.” “Brownie Mary,” as she was called, hadn’t made a secret of her little black-market pastry shop; she had openly advertised it with handbills she handed out on the street and tacked up on telephone poles and bulletin boards.
DMSO MAY BE TESTED AS TREATMENT FOR NERVE-MUSCLE DISEASE
DMSO, the industrial solvent that is being widely used throughout the country for relief of rheumatoid arthritis and other ailments, despite warnings about its dangers from the Food and Drug Administration, is now seen as a possible agent in the treatment of myasthenia gravis.
FORT LAUDERDALE—People will tell their grandchildren about the winter of `80-'81 in southern Florida. During one week, the temperature dropped below ten degrees Fahrenheit, and it rained marijuana. Or maybe it was large hailstones. They were 100-pound bales, actually, fresh in from Jamaica, and they fell with mighty force.
Close observers of the head culture cannot have helped but notice the changes in the LSD market the last couple of years. For one thing the dosage in most hits of all the various forms of LSD is now more uniform than it was in the days when dealers eyedropped goblets of liquid acid onto vitamin C pills or blotting paper.
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 endorsement of dope usage or trafficking, or as an endorsement of any particular dope.
Several drugs consistently produce aphrodisiac effects: cocaine, amphetamines and LSD, for example.
Eugene Schoenfeld, M.D.
Pump It Up Dear Dr. Schoenfeld: I've been under the impression that there is no true aphrodisiac. Is there or isn't there, and, if so, where can I get some?—M.W., Bangor, Me. Dear M.: To qualify as an aphrodisiac, a substance should stimulate sexual desire and/or increase the frequency of sexual activity.
The Octagenarian Futurist Philosopher Gives Us Eight Years to Tune Up Spaceship Earth
Robert Anton Wilson
"Bucky Fuller's state of being is an historical event," Barbara Marx Hubbard, cofounder of the Committee for the Future, wrote recently. "His life marks the transition in human awareness from unconscious to conscious participation in designing our own futures."
Jim Fanning is a genuine champion of the dope culture. Yet he's not a grower, smuggler or dealer. He doesn't sing songs or tell jokes about drugs. He never invented a hallucinogen or flew a load in under the radar. Hell, he doesn't smoke pot. What he does is sell rolling papers in Paramus, New Jersey.
THE NOSE IS ONE OF THE MOST MARvelous organs of the human body. Aside from containing the sense of smell, it is the respiratory system's natural air conditioner. As air flows up through the nostrils and down through the pharynx, larynx and trachea, it passes over mucous membranes, which warm it and catch foreign particles to purify it on its way to the lungs.
LOCKED IN COMBAT WITH THE GOVERNMENT OVER BACK TAXES, ULLman won some points, lost a few, but could not get the revenue service to accept his plush East Side apartment as a "working office". "What do they think I use it for?" Ullman asked his accountant.
Sinister Mastermind of the National Anti-Drug Coalition
They Want to Take Your Drugs Away!
A RIGHTWARD LURCH
HARD LINE TACTICS
It sounds like a script from a grade-B movie, or a nightmare experienced by an overly paranoid dealer: a national "war on drugs" launched by a bizarre political cult group with ties to the organized right-wing and intelligence agencies. It's real, however, and it's called the National Anti-Drug Coalition.
I wish there could be some medicine invented which would make one rise without pain, which I never did, unless after lying in bed a very long time. Perhaps there may be something in the stores of Nature which could do this. I have thought of a pulley to raise me gradually; but that would give me pain, as it would counteract my internal inclination.
The only good thing that I can say about that frigid winter of `75 was that the biting cold drove me into the library. For five long years I had been beating my brains trying to squeeze some top-quality homegrown out of the dirt of northern Ohio, where the elevation is 1,000 feet, the latitude 41.20° north and the growing season short.
YOU KNOW THERE IS A HEROIN EPIDEMIC AFOOT WHEN THE GOVERNOR OF NEW York begins yelling about smack. We have a lurid record of gubernatorial involvement in the heroin traffic here in the Empire State. Hardly a poppy blooms anywhere in the world that does not put a vote or three behind whomever happens to be running things in Albany that spring.
HIGH TIMES: What's the Talking Heads' secret for success? BYRNE: My point of view might sound naive, but if you're honest and sincere in what you're doing, then there's a good chance that there are people out there who will feel the same way. Even with a minimum of skill and technique, these people who feel the same way will find out about it through some mysterious process.
If you've never forgiven yourself for outgrowing Middle Earth, take comfort in Masquerade (New York: Schocken Books, $9.95), newly imported from the British Isles. Like the Tolkien productions, Masquerade offers riddles posed on mushroom caps and acid-rock graphics of throat-gripping intensity (such as the ones we swiped for this page).
"Jiggle Girls" of "It's a Living," the comedy series that every week recapitulates the inane activities of some table waitresses in a restaurant somewhere, are pictured here on our cover so that you will want to look inside and read more of our magazine.
by Our Hollywood Correspondent Seeds 'n' Stems: Mr. Hagman, we are pleased that you are giving us this exclusive interview for the "Seeds 'n' Stems” Television Gazeteer Section. There are many, many interesting questions which we have for a long time been very anxious to ask you.
In my judgment, it was clearly the fault of the studio scriptwriters that the recent performance of Mr. Ronald Reagan, in the prime-time Tele-Vision presentation called "Special White House News Conference," was so vastly and conspicuously inferior to his many previous performances on stage, cinema screen and Tele-Vision.
You would think by now, wouldn't you, that Ronnie and I would be nicely settled into the White House. The previous tenants left a collection of awful messes. For almost a month we've been trying to catch some sort of big-eared hunting dog that has been running loose in the house dropping a trail of blue ticks behind him and tearing the pants off some of the secret servants who have tried to tranquilize him permanently with their .357s.
Miss Susannah Pettibottom, whom you see here piquantly in deshabille, you may recognize from her many, many spriteful performances on Thames TeleVision in "Benny Hill," "After Benny," "Benny Redux," "More of Benny" and "Who Will Rid Us of Benny"?
Hymen Bono, the moppet spinoff of one of TV's most comic couplings, is recovering nicely from her very first facelift. Not slowing her down a bit tho'—she was seen busting it up at the Stork Club with Malcolm Muggeridge and Margot Kidder's sister Wotta.
101 ALL PERVERTS MAY NOT BE MARIjuana smokers, but practically all marijuana smokers are perverted. Col. Garland Williams, head of U.S narcotics enforcement, 1949 AN UNIDENTIFIED MAN DIED IN violent convulsions at a Miami Beach oceanfront hotel after swallowing a pound of cocaine worth $30,000.
A couple of years ago I was over in Cambridge, England, and heard that Rockpile was scheduled to play at the Emmanuel College May Ball. The May Balls in Cambridge are big party-night events where all the townspeople dress up in tuxedos and drink champagne all night on the back lawns of the local colleges.