True pidepiper of 60’s, the cult figure, psychologist, writer and system rebel.
Here are some hidden and unknown facts from the biography of the legend:
In 1960 Leary tried psychedelic mushrooms for the first time in Mexico and he was amazed at their power. Now he had found his "life's purpose". He returned to Harvard to begin organizing experiments to show the huge potential psychedelics had to help the world. One of these experiments was done at which jail?
Concord Prison. The recidivism rate of Concord prisoners (returning after serving time) was 80 percent, but Leary's psychedelic testing brought that rate down to 20 percent. Although these results have been questioned, Leary showed this as clear evidence of the positive power of psychedelics. Alcatraz, Sing Sing, and Riker's Island are three well known US prisons but not the sites for any testing done by Tim Leary.
Numerous students and professors at Harvard were being administered LSD for a wide variety of reasons with Leary in support of it all, then parents started to complain to the school administration, and media attention focused on "happy" Cambridge. In 1963 Tim Leary was fired from Harvard along with who?
Richard Alpert. Alpert was fired shortly after Leary and he shared in Leary strong belief in the goodness of LSD. Alpert stayed with Leary for a number of years and continued to experiment with psychedelics until he left for a personal adventure in India. There he found a Guru and changed his name to Ram Dass. He has since authored a number of books and has switched his focus from LSD to spiritual growth. Nathan M. Pusey was the president of Harvard when Leary and Alpert were fired. Anthony Russo first "turned on" Leary to psychedelics in Mexico. Ralph Metzner co-authored a book with Leary and Alpert called "The Psychedelic Experience".
The Hitchcock brothers and sister (wealthy heirs to the Mellon fortune) helped Leary by giving him the use of a mansion in Millbrook, NY. For about the next five years Leary used this mansion to conduct experiments with various groups of people. However the local assistant D.A. constantly harassed Leary during his stay there. What was his name?
G. Gordon Liddy. Because of the many clashes with law enforcement, most led by Liddy, Leary decided to move out of Millbrook. Liddy went on to serve in the Nixon administration and became a part of the Watergate scandal and served five years in prison. Howard Hunt was also involved with the Watergate scandal and served time in jail as well. J. Edgar Hoover was the first director of the FBI from 1935 to 1972. Bill Bennett was the "Drug Czar" under George H. W. Bush.
In October of 1966 LSD was made illegal in the US. Just prior to this Leary founded a religion that used LSD as a sacrament in an unsuccessful attempt to keep LSD legal on religious grounds. The name of this religion was?
The League for Spiritual Discovery. With the exception of The Church of Phun, Leary was connected to all of these spiritual groups in some way. Leary limited the membership of The League for Spiritual Discovery to three hundred and fifty people but authored a pamphlet that instructed others how to start their own religions.
What Beatles' song was written for Timothy Leary's 1969 political campaign?
Come Together. Leary decided to run for Governor of California in 1969, against Ronald Reagan. His motto for the campaign was "Come together, join the party". Around this time, Leary was hanging around with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, even joining them during their 'bed-in' in Montreal, and singing in the choir for their song "Give Peace a Chance". As a favour to a friend, Lennon wrote "Come Together" as Leary's campaign song. Unfortunately the campaign came to end on Leary's arrest.
In 1966 and 1967 Leary toured various Colleges and attended a large number of hippie gatherings. It was during this time that he coined what catch phrase that he will always be remember for?
"Turn on, tune in, drop out.". This catch phrase first came to Leary while he was in the shower and he first said it in public January 14, 1967 at a Human-Be-In in San Fransisco at Golden Gate Park. The other statements were from the Sixties but did not come from Leary. "Be Here. Be Now." is the title of a book written by Richard Alpert about his experiences in India.
Timothy Leary was put in prison in 1970 for violating US drug laws. After he was able to escape which group then helped him leave the country?
The Weathermen. The Weathermen were an extreme leftist group in the US that advocated violence to achieve its goals. Leary himself was able to escape from a minimum security prison and then the Weathermen were able to sneak him out of the US with his wife to Africa. The other groups also were very radical and unfortunately at times violent.
Like many men in the spotlight Timothy Leary had numerous wives, five in all. Sadly, one of them committed suicide while she was still married to Leary. What was her first name?
Marianne. Marianne was Leary's first wife and killed herself in 1955. This left Leary a single father with a son and daughter. He married his other wives after he had gained some attention due to his work with LSD. Ironically when he died he was a single man with his son at his side.
Tim Leary died May 31, 1996 due to cancer. What special treatment was done to his remains?
His ashes were launched into space.. Along with Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek) and others, some of Timothy Leary's ashes were launched in a Pegasus rocket where it remained in Earth's orbit for six years until it burned up.