Ken Kesey

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Ken Kesey AKA Kenneth Elton Kesey

America 1935 – 2001

Comments: "Acid Tests" ; LSD experiences; The FURTHUR Bus; the link between the Beat Generation of the 1950s and the hippies of the 1960s; leader of the Merry Pranksters; Yippie! party; 1st given LSD at CIA-financed Project MKULTRA at the Menlo Park Veterans Hospital; one of his last public appearance was at the Hog Farm Family Pig-Nic Festival; attended a PHISH concert the Furthur Festival, 1997; The Yippies ran Pegasus the Pig for President in 1968, scarcely anticipating American politics in 2016!;

Teachers: Allen Ginsberg; William S. Burroughs; Franz Kafka; Timothy Leary; Ralph Metzner; Wallace Stegner; Baba Ram Dass;

Students: Robert Anton Wilson; Chuck Furnace; Tom Wolfe; Hunter S. Thompson; Stewart Brand; the Merry Pranksters 2.0; Zane Kesey, son; "Mountain Girl” (aka Caroline Garcia); George Walker; Tiffany Lake aka Band Aid; Derek Stevens;

Friends: Norma "Faye" Haxby, wife; Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams, secondary wife; Wavey Gravey AKA Wavy Gravy; Grateful Dead; Cream; Jimi Hendrix; Stan Goldstein of Woodstock; Paul Krassner, The Realist comedian; Brian Samuels; Bill Graham, concert promoter; Harry Hay and James Broughton of the Radical Faeries and The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence; Jed Kesey, son, died early;


Organizations: The Merry Pranksters;

Author: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, 1962; Sometimes a Great Notion, 1964; Twister: A Ritual Reality., musical play; Kesey's Garage Sale (1973, collection of essays); Demon Box (1986, collection of essays and short stories); Caverns (1989, novel); The Great Bus Race;

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