Our Special Mushroom Issue is dedicated to R. Gordon Wasson, the man without whom the psychedelic revolution might never have taken place. This true-blue guru, who died at 88 years of age last December, was the spiritual Columbus of the rainbowhued American dream.
Instead of merely complaining to the FCC about TV evangelists—some of whom are corrupt—let’s go after a real bullshit artist: One who speaks out obsessively and often inaccurately about what HIGH TIMES is all about. This bullshit artist is David Toma, who says that a puff of marijuana causes kids to go crazy and leap off buildings.
NEW YORK, N.Y. — Recent drug sweeps here have netted an interesting assortment of people —respected college professor Lowell Matson, HIGH TIMES contributing editor Carlo McCormick, and Dana Beal (best known to HIGH TIMES’ readers as the former head of the Yippies).
The Amiga, a powerful computer capable of producing amazing psychedelic graphics, has to be seen to be believed. It’s capable of animating three-dimensional images, yet costs less than an IBM PC. The first-ever AmiExpo, “The Amiga Event,” will give Amiga owners, or anyone curious to get a closer look at this amazing computer, the chance to check out everything it can do.
The Great Midwest Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, September 27, 1987, at the State Street Mall in Madison, Wisconsin. The highlight of the festival will be a parade to the state capitol grounds at 1:30, to protest the current marijuana laws.
DAMN THOSE YUPPIES! First they take over all the nightclubs (which isn’t so bad, since none of them are very good), but now they’ve gone too far. Far too far. Recently a band premiered at the Saint, formerly the Fillmore East, that was made up entirely of businessmen.
J. W. Canty, chairman of the Soviet-U.S. Joint Conference on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction, showed three Soviet experts on alcoholism the exciting sights and sounds of New York City. But this was no ordinary tourist gig—publicity surrounding the Soviets’ “no-holds-barred” factfinding mission focused on the “terrible” problems of drugs and alcohol in America.
CARRIE FISHER, of STARS WARS fame, has written a soon-to-be-released novel—POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE—that describes her experiences in a drug rehabilitation facility. She was treated for addiction to LSD and the painkiller Percodan. Fisher, who entered the treatment center after her 11-month marriage to Paul Simon fell apart, is the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher—who also suffered from the disease of addiction.
Remember that scumbag, Spiro T. Agnew? For those of you who don’t, he was Nixon’s selfrighteous vice president before being forced to resign from office in 1973 after pleading no contest to charges that he accepted bribes while he was Maryland’s governor, and later when he was vice president.
DAVID BERKOWITZ, convicted for the “Son of Sam” shootings of 13 people (six were fatally wounded) in New York City ten years ago, may not have acted alone. A new book, THE ULTIMATE EVIL by Maury Terry, claims that Berkowitz was a member of a Satanic cult whose members participated in the design and execution of the murders.
LAST NOVEMBER, a Japanese Airline pilot spotted a large aircraft twice the size of an aircraft carrier following his plane. The U.S. Government has covered up the story with the usual tissue of lies. Kenjyu Terauchi, the pilot, spotted the UFO at 35,000 feet above the Beaufort Sea off the Alaskan coast.
Here’s the latest scoop on stories that have appeared in the past few issues. HOWARD STERN VS. THE FCC—Howard’s TV deal was killed by Fox Broadcasting, apparently over the furor created by the FCC. Stern is a victim of the idiotic, moralistic hysteria that’s gripping the country.
Leave it to an aging, boring “comedian” like Bob Hope to jump on America’s anti-drug hysteria and use it to blatantly boost his career. Hope (or rather his “people,” since Bob is a doddering old coot who can barely walk without someone holding him up) has organized the Hope for a Drug Free America Foundation.
IT’S NO USE!!!—Despite their best efforts, federal lawenforcement officials are seizing “relatively little” of the coke, pot, and other illegal drugs smuggled into the U.S., according to a report prepared by the General Accounting Office.
The Supreme Court ruled that a former Army sergeant has no legal right to sue for damages after being dosed with acid during secret chemical warfare experiments. Former Master Sgt. James Stanley, 53, volunteered to be one of 4,000 human guinea pigs given LSD and mescaline in what he thought was a test of gas masks and protective gear.
Leave your M-16 rifles at home if you’re planning to cruise in the “Land of Lincoln.” Ditto for drugs and open containers of alcohol. The Illinois State Police have been conducting regular surprise inspections since the Illinois Supreme Court upheld their constitutionality in 1985.
NORML director admits he gets "stoned on the job”!!
One of the funniest arguments against legalizing marijuana is that more people would use it if it were legal. I used to disagree, on the theory that the law isn’t much of a deterrent. However I’ve changed my mind. Whoever makes an argument like that implies that marijuana has attractive qualities, and that if people were left alone they would take advantage of what marijuana has to offer them.
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I hope you print this letter, because it will let people know that Canada is doing pretty good when it comes to gettin’ high. I just arrived back home in Kamloops, British Columbia. I was visiting friends in Toronto, where I was introduced to a fellow who deals in the smoke.
In the April ’87 issue there was an article titled “Psychedelic Plants of Hawaii.” It mentioned the Sensitive Plant. At what stage are the roots harvested? How are they processed for smoking and eating? What amount is a hit? —A nature lover and old DM Y fan from the Ozarks I enjoyed your pictorial of the psychedelic plants of Hawaii.
We are a couple in our 40s, retired on a modest income, and are in need of your advice. Where on this planet can one grow and smoke cannabis and be totally legal? We just returned from Alaska and found they are living in a police state just like the one we have here in Arkansas.
Author Norman Mailer claims that two friends of his received heavier sentences because they did not implicate him as a financial backer in a $15 million hashish deal. Bernard “Buzz" Farbar and Richard Stratton went on trial in 1984, and are serving 6and 10-year jail terms.
Chief Judge Sol Wachtier and his constituent judges on New York’s highest court upheld the idea of civil liberties by refusing to legitimize random drug testing in that state, saying that government agencies cannot implement drug testing without “reasonable suspicion."
“Today, we take off the gloves in fighting the enemy of the 1980’s: drugs," said New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean, as he signed new legislation calling for drastic penalties for drug-related offenses in the state. The Comprehensive Drug Reform Act requires penalties ranging up to 25 years in prison without any chance for parole and fines up to $500,000 for certain drug crimes.
The hottest things in the publishing world right now are "funny books," that is, hardand paperback compilations of comic strips. Partly because of the proliferation of specialty comic book stores, and partly because a whole generation of kids grew up in the sixties and seventies and kept reading comics as adults, comic books are selling like hotcakes!
THE MAGICAL MUSHROOM QUEST OF R. GORDON WASSON 1898-1986
TO SOME, R. GORDON WASSON iS clearly the man who pulled the trigger and fired the first round in the psychedelic revolution. To others, he was an extraordinary scholar, an able amateur botanist and anthropologist, a meticulous student of early man’s religion and an ardent traveler.
a New York banker , received a letter from a Protestant missionary living among the Mazatec Indians of Oaxaca, Mexico. The missionary, Eunice Pike, told Wasson about local shamans who were using mushrooms in religious and healing ceremonies.
RICHARD EVANS SCHULTES ALBERT HOFMANN "There is a world beyond ours, a world that is far away, nearby and invisible. And there is where God lives, where the dead live, the spirits and the saints, a world where everything has already happened and everything is known.
HIGH ART is not exclusively a vision of the sublime, it can also be the grim visage of the profane. JAMES ROMBERGER portrays the grotesque urban nightmare that lurks in the shadows of our cultural exclusivity. His is not a condescending view of moral authority or glamorized romantic indulgence, it is the hyper-real grasp of intimate personal confrontation.
The first time I'd ever heard of Morels was in the midsixties. I was an acting apprentice in a repertory acting company, and that year the Ford Foundation paid a poet to hang out with the company in hope that he would get into writing plays. He gave everyone in the company a poem about Morels for Xmas.
WHY have so many New Yorkers constructed towering antennas aimed at an obscure radio station in East Orange, New Jersey? And WHY has this tiny station become a powerful beacon of hope in a dark and dreary decade? Simple. Because WFMU has one of the most mind-blowing deejays around!!!
Ah, it’s World Series time—you kick back, swig some brew, catch a buzz, and enjoy the year’s best baseball. But in 1987, fans and players had to fight for their rights as the new prohibitionists forced cutbacks in beer sales at the ball park, while players were publicly humiliated with the threat and the results of "voluntary" drug tests.
The Plant: Started under 24” fluorescent tubes and put outside in late May. Deer damage on the lower half of the plant can be seen in photo. The corn cob has been partially shucked to show size comparison and even though it might not look too big, it was a hefty cob.
Adopted by Ed Rosenthal from a paper by Prof. J. Offermeier, Director, Research Unit for the Medical Research Council, South Africa. Recently I received a letter from a correspondent in South Africa which read in part as follows, "...the enclosed photostat is a paper delivered at a recent dope conference (early 1985) here in South Africa; perhaps you will find the information useful..."
The chemical and physical properties of a potting mix determine its performance. Physically, to sustain plant growth, the mix must hold large quantities of water in a limited volume and yet maintain a high volume of aeration. Since soil in a container does not behave the same as in the field, potting mixes are typically formulated with a high percentage of bulky organic materials such as bark, wood chips, peat, or compost.
“Dig this. Do you feel alright? Feel pretty good myself. Now look here, I got a little groovemaker, something I’d like to do, since, we’re here, we might as well get the best out of it. If it’s all night it’s alright. Looka here. Are you ready band?
One vegetable meets another: Rick Moranis mugs it up with the insipid Audrey II.
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS
A FISTFUL OF DYNAMITE
LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS
(Warner) Good or bad word-of-mouth wouldn’t have mattered since this David Byrne longhorn satire didn’t stay in theaters long enough. The movie is really just a prank but a good one, and sees Texas more clearly than GIANT did. With Swoozie Kurtz and Spalding Gray.
The first European Psychotronic Film Festival was a success! I had a great time traveling to cities from Stockholm to Paris, introducing rare 16MM prints of six low-budget American horror and science fiction features. I also took some industrial shorts, film trailers; and TV commercials (including several from the old "Death Valle Days”show with Reagan,filmed just before he ran for governor of California, on which he sells Borax soap products).