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Former Grateful Dead soundman and famous LSD chemist Owsley 'Bear' Stanley dies in car crash
The Courier-Mail ^ | March 14, 2011 | Brooke Baskin

Posted on 03/13/2011 7:19:11 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

A 76-YEAR-OLD man who was killed when his car ran off the road in far north Queensland was reportedly Owsley `Bear’ Stanley, a 1960s counter-revolutionary and the first man to produce LSD en masse.

Stanley’s car ran off the road on the Kennedy Highway between Davies Ck and Koah on Saturday.

He was also an accomplished sound engineer and the long-time soundman and financier for psychedelic rock band the Grateful Dead.

Former Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead tour manager Sam Cutler, who lives in Brisbane, released a statement on behalf of Stanley’s family confirming his death.

Stanley became an Australian citizen in 1996 and lived on the Atherton Tablelands, where he worked as an artist.

Stanley helped lay the foundation for the psychedelic era and produced LSD at his labs in San Francisco.

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He is survived by his wife Sheila, two sons and two daughters.


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KEYWORDS: 2011obituaries; acidtests; australia; gratefuldead; lsd; obituary; owsleystanley; purpleousley
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1 posted on 03/13/2011 7:19:14 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A car crash??? That’s just insulting.


2 posted on 03/13/2011 7:22:04 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Guess the long strange trip is over for him.


3 posted on 03/13/2011 7:24:31 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Stanley’s car ran off the road on the Kennedy Highway between Davies Ck and Koah on Saturday.

This is why I always buy cars that you have to steer yourself.

4 posted on 03/13/2011 7:25:29 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Look for the union label and just say, NO!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Went to one concert. The drums were cool (parking lot) and the people were nice. This one ‘vendor’ popped up out of somewhere and yelled “Grateful Dead Grilled Cheese”. He was swarmed in seconds. Was interesting, never went back.


5 posted on 03/13/2011 7:26:51 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“come round the bend, you know it’s the end”

RIP


6 posted on 03/13/2011 7:28:18 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Here’s a useless tidbit. He was the subject of “Kid Charlemagne” by Steely Dan.


7 posted on 03/13/2011 7:32:02 PM PDT by al44
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He was a radar technician for the Army wasn’t he? (checking wikipedia now).....


8 posted on 03/13/2011 7:32:34 PM PDT by Tea Party Reveler
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To: Free ThinkerNY; JoeProBono; a fool in paradise
Far out, man!


9 posted on 03/13/2011 7:32:43 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: allmost

Towers of speakers


10 posted on 03/13/2011 7:32:53 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Bear's Song
11 posted on 03/13/2011 7:34:47 PM PDT by af_vet_1981 (The bus came by and I got on, That's when it all began,)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He’s trippin’ with Jesus now, man.


12 posted on 03/13/2011 7:35:00 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Tea Party Reveler

In 1956, when Stanley was twenty-one, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served for eighteen months before being discharged in 1958. Later, inspired by a 1958 performance of the Bolshoi Ballet, he began studying ballet in Los Angeles, supporting himself for a time as a professional dancer.[3] In 1963, he enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley where he became involved in the psychoactive drug scene. He dropped out after a semester, took a technical job at KGO-TV, and began producing LSD in a small lab located in the bathroom of a house near campus. His makeshift laboratory was raided by police on February 21, 1965. He beat the charges and successfully sued for the return of his equipment. The police were looking for methamphetamine, but found only LSD—which was not illegal at the time.

Stanley moved to Los Angeles to pursue the production of LSD. He used his Berkeley lab proceeds to buy 500 grams of lysergic acid monohydrate, the basis for LSD. His first shipment arrived on March 30, 1965. He produced 300,000 capsules (270 micrograms each) of LSD by May 1965 and then returned to the Bay Area.

In September 1965, Stanley became the primary LSD supplier to Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters; by this point Sandoz LSD was hard to come by and “Owsley Acid” had become the new standard. He was featured (most prominently his freak-out at the Muir Beach Acid Test in November 1965) in The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a book detailing the history of Kesey and the Merry Pranksters by Tom Wolfe. Stanley attended the Watts Acid Test on February 12, 1966 with his new apprentice Tim Scully and provided the LSD.


13 posted on 03/13/2011 7:35:08 PM PDT by Tea Party Reveler
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To: Revolting cat!

When Keith dies, can we smoke his ashes?


14 posted on 03/13/2011 7:36:12 PM PDT by Tea Party Reveler
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To: al44
Here’s a useless tidbit.

It tells some of his story a song

15 posted on 03/13/2011 7:36:24 PM PDT by af_vet_1981 (The bus came by and I got on, That's when it all began,)
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To: al44

“He was the subject of “Kid Charlemagne” by Steely Dan.”

And Bear was not too happy about it.


16 posted on 03/13/2011 7:37:26 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Tea Party Reveler

Problem is Keef is not going to die!


17 posted on 03/13/2011 7:37:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Free Vulcan

Zappa sang about “phony hippies” in “Who Needs The Peace Corps” and one line says he’ll “sleep on Owsley’s floor”


18 posted on 03/13/2011 7:38:04 PM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I bet that guy had some pretty decent stories to tell.....if he could remember them....


19 posted on 03/13/2011 7:38:40 PM PDT by Kimmers (Tell a lie often enough it becomes political........)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I bet that guy had some pretty decent stories to tell.....if he could remember them....


20 posted on 03/13/2011 7:38:49 PM PDT by Kimmers (Tell a lie often enough it becomes political........)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

21 posted on 03/13/2011 7:44:41 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Tea Party Reveler

When Keith dies, he’ll probably be declared at least Schedule II.


22 posted on 03/13/2011 7:47:17 PM PDT by RichInOC ("I wonder what Great Dane tastes like.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

A hit of Orange Sunshine, would make this economy look better.


23 posted on 03/13/2011 7:49:37 PM PDT by razorback-bert (Some days it's not worth chewing through the straps.)
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To: allmost
This one ‘vendor’ popped up out of somewhere and yelled “Grateful Dead Grilled Cheese”. He was swarmed in seconds. Was interesting, never went back.

We had the "Lasagna Lady". Went back waaaaay too many times.
24 posted on 03/13/2011 7:49:57 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Thanks. I needed a laugh.


25 posted on 03/13/2011 7:52:13 PM PDT by bannie (( ))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Change That Matters

Posted by Tim Kaine on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

http://www.democrats.org/news/blog/575


26 posted on 03/13/2011 7:52:13 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Thrownatbirth
It was dark. Potentially unlawful purposes and intent were itching.

I did NOT eat that cheese.
27 posted on 03/13/2011 7:54:12 PM PDT by allmost
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Sorry, wrong thread!


28 posted on 03/13/2011 7:55:15 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Tea Party Reveler
How many young lives did he destroy? Sadly FR has some pro pot/Mary Jane types but I think they are old hippies who suffer from incontinence.
29 posted on 03/13/2011 7:59:27 PM PDT by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: allmost
Went to one concert. The drums were cool (parking lot) and the people were nice. This one ‘vendor’ popped up out of somewhere and yelled “Grateful Dead Grilled Cheese”. He was swarmed in seconds. Was interesting, never went back.

LOL! I have no clue what in heck you just said there :)

30 posted on 03/13/2011 8:06:00 PM PDT by Mr_Moonlight
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Had a friend in college who had a recording from the Avalon Ballroom when Owsley was the soundman. The announcer thanked “Augustus Stanley Owsley III for this evening’s... mix”


31 posted on 03/13/2011 8:09:52 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ( "It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: Frantzie

At least we’re not neurotically obsessed with the evils of TV. LOL


32 posted on 03/13/2011 8:11:23 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: allmost
I did NOT eat that cheese. I did NOT eat that cheese.

Mine had a beefy tomato sauce with a LOT of mushrooms. China Cat/Rider seemed to go on forever.
33 posted on 03/13/2011 8:16:18 PM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Thrownatbirth

Yep.


34 posted on 03/13/2011 8:19:04 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Free ThinkerNY

He wasn’t riding that train?


35 posted on 03/13/2011 8:22:59 PM PDT by peggybac (In the contemporary world, they pulled a Pearl Harbor. We need to pull a Hiroshima.)
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To: al44

The song: Kid Charlemagne
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6JHMIkqABk


36 posted on 03/13/2011 8:40:29 PM PDT by Bronzy (We Remembered In November.)
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To: Revolting cat!

That is one big fat Bob Marley blunt.


37 posted on 03/13/2011 8:50:00 PM PDT by Bronzy (We Remembered In November.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Purple-Owsley, Blue-Doubledome, Orange-Sunshine, White-Lightning ..


38 posted on 03/13/2011 8:54:23 PM PDT by freejohn
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I wonder if he broke the windowpane?
Is this on the police blotter?
Did he run over any orange barrels?
Maybe he got a microdot in his eye?
39 posted on 03/13/2011 8:58:56 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito Ergo Conservitus.)
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To: DBrow

“He was the subject of “Kid Charlemagne” by Steely Dan.”

Did not know that. Really interesting. Love Steely Dan.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5EQaEHNeco


40 posted on 03/13/2011 9:05:46 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: Revolting cat!

41 posted on 03/13/2011 9:08:14 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Larry Lucido
One toke over the line, Sweet Jesus, one toke over the line!"
42 posted on 03/13/2011 9:09:50 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Bronzy

So, is there gas in the car?


43 posted on 03/13/2011 9:17:26 PM PDT by Terabitten ("Don't retreat. RELOAD!!" -Sarah Palin)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Dead hippies aren’t much fun.
Come to think of it, neither are the live ones.


44 posted on 03/13/2011 9:20:42 PM PDT by right way right
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Owsley `Bear’ Stanley, a 1960s counter-revolutionary and the first man to produce LSD en masse.

Counter-revolutionary? So what what the revolution he was trying to counter?

45 posted on 03/13/2011 9:22:04 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Thrownatbirth

Many’s the long night I’ve dreamed of cheese - toasted, mostly.


46 posted on 03/13/2011 9:25:26 PM PDT by Honcho Bongs (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. - Churchill)
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To: DBrow

KID CHARLEMAGNE

While the music played you worked by candlelight
Those San Francisco nights
You were the best in town
Just by chance you crossed the diamond with the pearl
You turned it on the world
That’s when you turned the world around
Did you feel like Jesus
Did you realize
That you were a champion in their eyes

On the hill the stuff was laced with kerosene
But yours was kitchen clean
Everyone stopped to stare at your technicolor motor home
Every A-Frame had your number on the wall
You must have had it all
You’d go to L.A. on a dare
And you’d go it alone
Could you live forever
Could you see the day
Could you feel your whole world fall apart and fade away

CHORUS:
Get along, get along Kid Charlemagne
Get along Kid Charlemagne

Now your patrons have all left you in the red
Your low rent friends are dead
This life can be very strange
All those dayglow freaks who used to paint the face
They’ve joined the human race
Some things will never change
Son you were mistaken
You are obsolete
Look at all the white men on the street

CHORUS

Clean this mess up else we’ll all end up in jail
Those test tubes and the scale
Just get them all out of here
Is there gas in the car
Yes, there’s gas in the car
I think the people down the hall
Know who you are

Careful what you carry
‘Cause the man is wise
You are still an outlaw in their eyes

CHORUS


47 posted on 03/13/2011 9:34:46 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Free ThinkerNY
At least we still have Doctor Timothy among us.

.

(Thank you Captain Obvious, we know, we know!)

48 posted on 03/13/2011 9:37:02 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Terabitten

Probably kerosene.


49 posted on 03/13/2011 9:41:26 PM PDT by Bronzy (We Remembered In November.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Don’t tell anybody but here is already dead. He just refuses to go turn himself in.


50 posted on 03/13/2011 10:14:00 PM PDT by Datom
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