Editor: We live in Missouri, state of "Ozark Wonder-Weed.” Some say we're 100 years behind the rest of the country. Missouri makes you humble to enjoy its beauty: ask anyone who lives here. It's also a poor state: the people are poor, anyhow.
Welcome to the new, improved HIGH TIMES! From its start in 1974, HIGH TIMES has been a flashing strobe light in a gray media landscape of bland pap. Always sassy and savvy, HIGH TIMES has set standards for alternative journalism at its best. But during the last couple of years, HIGH TIMES, like an entire counterculture generation, has lost some of its initial energy and direction.
The world of UFOs and UFO fanatics is a fascinating subject, if you can wade through the obvious phonies and spacey philosophizing. A good way of doing that is to subscribe to Saucer Smear (P.O. Box 1709, Key West, FL 33041), a UFO newsletter.
Which students are most likely to smoke marijuana? Presbyterian boys who live with their fathers. The least likely? Methodists, black female high school students, students whose best friends don't turn on, and, not surprisingly, students who plan to go into the military.
The hippest record company pressing platters these days just might be Giorno Poetry Systems. The brainchild of poet John Giorno, GPS features the songs and poetry of such counterculture heavies as William Burroughs, Laurie Anderson, Frank Zappa, Lydia Lunch, Jim Carroll, Amiri Baraka and Richard Hell.
Seems there's a shortage of studs at Stanford. When researchers at the California college advertised for 40 men with sexual problems to test a sex-stimulant drug, they got hundreds of volunteers. And the application are still pouring in.
When we have a President who "jokes" about bombing the Russians, it's pretty hard to laugh about the nuclear situation. But such a grim subject cries out for the tonic of humor. That's why there is cause for rejoicing over the release of Situation Room, a radioplay that spoofs the subject of nuclear war.
Smoking marijuana is more fun than drinking beer But a friend of ours was captured And they gave him 30 years Maybe we should raise our voices, ask somebody why But demonstrations are a drag Besides, we're much too high And I'm sure it wouldn't interest anybody Outside of a small circle of friends —Phil Ochs, 1967
Where is Scott Fitzgerald now that N.Y. needs him?
It's really a shame that no one has come along to define the clubland scene the way F. Scott Fitzgerald defined the Jazz Age. Perhaps the dual-time drain of television and a vigorous club life would make it too difficult to also commit oneself to writing.
I bet you've got a problem. We all do. Life is an atrocity, an outrage. There's hard times and heavy weather. You might be unhealthy or have some minor ailment. You might be overworked, too lazy, crazy, lonely, depressed; too drugged up or not drugged up enough.
For budding record exec Bob Biggs, smaller is better
"You sort of grow up out here thinking you can do anything you want to do," says Bob Biggs, 38, president of Los Angeles's Slash Records. Which is a good thing, because when Biggs decided that what he wanted to do was run a record company, he knew nothing about the music business.
DRUG ABUSE IS THE direct cause of a new wave of epidemic diseases with a historically unparalleled mortality rate, researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have proven. The drugs which have given rise to these frightening new disease entities are not familiar “street” drugs like heroin and cocaine, but the ordinary broad-spectrum antibiotics penicillin and tetracycline.
COFFEE BEANS AND TEA leaves may be potential sources of natural, nontoxic pesticide preparations, a Harvard neurologist has determined. Working with the larvae of several common garden-pest insects, Dr. James Nathanson here discovered that coffee and tea plants appear to produce their special “drug” ingredients—caffeine and theophylline—as insect repellents.
WHAT YOU ARE SEEING IS THE FIRST STEP IN THE ERADICAtion of the 1985 domestic crop,” a legislative source told HIGH TIMES when the Drug Enforcement Administration last fall announced plans to acquire massive stores of three potent herbicides before the coming pot-growing season.
FUGITIVES FROM THE TRADITIONAL ITALian-American Mafia have been muscling in on the ever-growing cocaine traffic in Brazil, police and court documents show. When Italian authorities succeeded in extraditing several notorious Sicilian refugees from Brazil last year—beginning with super-informant Tomasso Buscetta, a top Cosa Nostra capo of the 1960s—Brazilian authorities discovered that these “retired” Mafiosi had been investing heavily in real estate in the American jungles.
A NEW SILICON VALLEY ultra-high-tech corporation called Genentech may soon win approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration to commercially merchandise Human Growth Hormone (HGH) through pharmacists and doctors’ offices.
THE PUBLISHING COMPANY, TOSCANEX Ltd., which distributes such drug-oriented publications as The Cocaine Consumer’s Handbook, Mama Coca, Psychedelic Mushrooms of the British Isles, The Marijuana Grower’s Guide and an extensive string of San Francisco-produced underground comic books, was cleared of criminal charges for doing so after a month-long trial at the Old Bailey here last spring.
We spent some time recently in Sonoma County, California, with our friend the Old Dope Grower, and got a feel for what it takes these days to bring in a crop of sinsemilla. It had been a bad year for the Old Grower. A spotter-plane photograph had revealed his and his partner’s garden to the watchful eye of the law, and the CAMP forces had arrived one afternoon with their assault weapons and taken out the whole crop.
FOR OVER FORTY YEARS, PLANT REsearchers have been looking for a plant hormone which they are sure exists but have not been able to find. They have named the hypothetical chemical “florigen” and scientists believe that it controls flowering.
Knowledge of the effects of psychoactive drugs on people has grown tremendously in recent years. It’s fair to say that we have learned more about these drugs as they relate to addiction in the last decade than was learned about them in the whole prior history of medicine.
Last year, when their Eliminator album started climbing the charts, ZZ Top had already long been a monumental band. They could travel around the U.S. for as long as they liked, playing five or six nights a week, drawing ten or fifteen or twenty thousand fans in any city they hit.
Carnival in Brazil is the biggest and best party on earth. This February, Rio de Janeiro, being the most accessible and sophisticated of the cities, will attract the majority of the foreign tourists. The Carnival in Rio has gotten so big and famous that the city recently built a special stadium for the constant parade of outlandish floats and costumes.
Before a quarter hour had elapsed, all of us—Nelly, Zander, Mik and I—had settled down to wait for Hirghe in his well-heated room. (Hirghe himself was off somewhere fetching the cocaine: I'd been informed on the way that Hirghe was a pusher, not a snorter.) The room was decorated with extremely old furniture.
Remember how much fun art was in the '60s? There was more freedom, more humor and more drug-crazed energy in the art world during that decade than in any other recent time. That is, until a group of renegade art students in New York began reliving the era by dropping acid, go-go dancing and holding impromptu "happenings" at a Polish social club in the East Village.
A wise man once said, "I would not feel so all alone/Everybody must get stoned." Seemingly straight celebrities are no exception. These days you can't fire a peashooter through the Betty Ford Clinic without hitting a slew of certified media icons.
Preventing dehydration makes thirsty plants thrive
Dear Ed, Are there any advantages/disadvantages to letting the plants use up the total nutrient/water supply before adding more water to my wick system? I've read that one must keep the nutrient reservoir at a constant level However, my plants seem to grow better if I let the growing medium (1/2 perlite-1/2 vermiculite) completely use up the nutrient and dry out every three to four weeks.
Q. Why don't they just legalize marijuana for commercial purposes, and restrict sales to adults, and license the vendors and tax the daylights out of the trade? A. Because a legislator would have to come forth and propose any such taxation-and-regulation scheme.
This column will attempt to put the rarefied world of high technology into a perspective that can be understood by even the most untechnical human being. In that regard, no product could be more suitable to kick off this column than INSIDE THE PERSONAL COMPUTER (Abbeville Press, 505 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022), a pop-up book that performs the near-impossible task of giving novices a quick 'n' easy intro into the workings of a computer.
You never know when you're gonna need a reliable flame. It could be for starting a fire on your next trek to Antarctica, doing some spot welding on the frame of your '57 Chevy, or at home for more cerebral pursuits. When you do feel the desire for reliable fire, the BLAZER MICRO-TORCH is the light that's right. Upon what do we base that conclusion? Well, the Blazer has piezo-electric ignition and a refillable butane gas chamber, providing a precise and controlled high-temperature flame of 2500 degrees F., which means you can use the micro-torch continuously for many hours. There's a rubber cushion grip for firm handling—no matter how shaky your hands get. The Blazer Micro-Torch is available in gold-tone or chrome finish for $61.95 postpaid from J & S Marketing, 153 E. Palmetto Park Rd., Suite 191, Boca Raton, FL 33432, or call (305) 395-4505.
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What's the perfect fashion accessory for the person who's not sure where he/she stands? How 'bout a T-shirt that demands, "TELL ME NOW! Before I waste an 8-ball." The 8-BALL T (available from CREATIVE LINES, 2674 E. Main St., Suite C-168, Ventura, CA 93003, for $14.45 postpaid) is made of 100% cotton, with a front pocket, and comes in light blue, tan and black. Word from the West Coast says that the 8-ball may have a double meaning, something to do with a weight measurement for a certain controlled substance. But we at HIGH TIMES, not being hip to the latest Valley lingo, are unable to substantiate that report. Buy one of these T-shirts, and learn for yourself the true meaning of this cryptic slogan.
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Smoking a pipe can be hot fun—but sometimes it gets too hot. To cool your smoke and still enjoy total tobacco smoking pleasure, you need a truly fine pipe. We just happen to have one in mind: the MEDIUM SULTAN, a top-of-the-line meerschaum pipe. In case you're not hip to meerschaum, it's a sea mineral that has been used for centuries to cool the pipes of sophisticated smokers. Now JEAN MARIE'S PRODUCTS (Dept. HG, P.O. Box 121054, Nashville, TN 37212) has created an exquisitely carved meerschaum pipe that is perfect for cool toking. Each Medium Sultan (priced at $36.45) varies in shape and detail and comes with its own custom-fitted case. And in case pipes aren't your cup of tea, send a buck to Jean Marie's for a complete catalog of smoking and snuff accessories.
A few days ago I received a call from U.B. (the Unknown Brewer). He said that he had some things he wanted to show me, and I invited him over. "My days have not been idle since I retired from beermaking," he said. "I am still working with leaf because it's so undervalued and I have discovered some magnificent new recipes.
YOU RETURN FROM A HARD DAY OF classes to find your apartment burglarized. You explain to the police that your stereo, which used to be in the front room, isn't. They begin looking around to "see if anything else is missing." You assure them otherwise, but they enter your roommate's bedroom, snoop around the plant room and eventually find several seedlings.
It's a sound as recognizable as a Chuck Berry guitar riff or a Little Richard shriek, and one that's been equally influential. The soaring harmonies and ringing guitars of the Everly Brothers—the smoothest and most effervescent sound in rock 'n' roll history—is being heard over the airwaves for the first time in 11 years, a full 27 years after their first hit.
ALBUMS & EPs 1. Replacements, Let It Be(Twin Tone). Minneapolis' favorite sons and America's foremost exponents of disorderly kid-rock, the Replacements add some depth and ace songwriting to their beery adolescent antics. 2. Hüsker Dü, Zen Arcade (SST).
Every once in a while, a TV show comes along that breaks all the rules, a show that is so different, so much cooler than runof-the-mill TV fare, you want to stay home just to watch it. Lately, I have been staying home on Friday nights. The reason is Miami Vice.
produced on a shoestring budget by a pair of neophyte filmmakers from Minnesota, Blood Simple is one of the strangest movies to appear in some time. Hauntingly beautiful, excruciatingly violent and wickedly funny, the film almost defies characterization.
Timothy Leary tours crosscountry baiting G. Gordon Liddy for bucks. Jerry Rubin flirts with Wall Street and organizes "networking" parties for yuppies at New York's Underground disco. Jane Fonda's devotion to leg lifts has long superseded her passion for polemics.
Two years ago, Cathy Johnson left her husband, taking their three kids with her. She'd been married to Ken for fifteen years, but his abuse was finally too much for her. She'd been beaten too often, suffered broken arms and broken noses, and endured mental distress.