Owsley was clearly one of the first celebrities of the underground culture that developed in the sixties. Pretty much all of the acid we dropped back then was said to have been made by him, and, as it turns out, often it was. What a beautiful thing to have such a good reputation that your name could be a selling point for a psychedelic drug.
Our drug warriors are so rabid that Owsley was literally arrested for making LSD before it was even illegal to do that. Needless to say, he beat that charge.
Ultimately, however, the legislative void was filled, and Mr. Owsley received his due at the bar of justice. And not a second too soon, I’m sure. Can you imagine where our country would be today if many of the people in the upper reaches of power grew up in an environment where recreational drug use was accepted, and almost even expected?
Oh, that’s right. That’s the world we live in now, isn’t it. And the leading edge of “The Greatest Generation” grew up flouting the law during the era of alcohol prohibition.
I guess it just goes to show that you never can tell.