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Albert Hofmann, 102; Swiss chemist discovered LSD
The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 29, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II

Posted on 04/29/2008 7:47:46 PM PDT by rond

Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who discovered LSD and thereby gave the psychedelic generation the pharmaceutical vehicle to turn on, tune in and drop out, has died. He was 102.

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: lsd; obituary; pharmaceuticals; sandoz; switzerland
Just saw a History Channel show with old interviews of Hofmann. What a bicyclist.
1 posted on 04/29/2008 7:47:46 PM PDT by rond
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To: rond

Bummer. I liked Al. Good guy despite his problem child. RIP.


2 posted on 04/29/2008 7:51:01 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: rond

Wow, 102. Maybe he also discovered the Life Extenionist’s long sought elixr, and chose not to share. RIP Mr. Hoffman. I don’t believe he was trying to invent a new recreational drug, was he?


3 posted on 04/29/2008 7:51:42 PM PDT by bluefish (Hey! Where did this come from?)
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To: rond

102 ???? Wonder....never mind....


4 posted on 04/29/2008 7:52:03 PM PDT by Sleeping Freeper
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To: Sleeping Freeper

How old was Timothy Leary when he died?


5 posted on 04/29/2008 7:54:08 PM PDT by political1
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To: rond

102. Now THAT’s a long strange trip.


6 posted on 04/29/2008 7:54:24 PM PDT by Huck (Watching the DEMs come down the stretch is like watching the Mets come down the stretch!)
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To: rond

Did he have anything to do with the Fundamentalist LSD in Eldorado, TX?


7 posted on 04/29/2008 7:55:56 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (You're gonna cry 96 tears!)
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To: rond

Wow, Man!

I thought he had been dead for years.


8 posted on 04/29/2008 8:04:07 PM PDT by trumandogz ("He is erratic. He is hotheaded. He loses his temper and it worries me." Sen Cochran on McCain)
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To: Revolting cat!

“Him? He is harmless. He did too much LDS in the 60s”


9 posted on 04/29/2008 8:04:55 PM PDT by wrench
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To: rond
The lady next door [became] a malevolent, insidious witch with a colored mask."

Is there any important historic event that didn't involve Hillary?

10 posted on 04/29/2008 8:05:47 PM PDT by HerrBlucher (Asked on his deathbed why he was reading the bible, WC Fields replied "I'm looking for loopholes.")
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To: wrench

Wasn’t he once known as ‘Abbie Hoffman’?


11 posted on 04/29/2008 8:06:51 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (You're gonna cry 96 tears!)
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To: rond

12 posted on 04/29/2008 8:07:54 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Obama's issues would be better resolved in a psychotherapists office, than in the Oval Office))))
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To: rond

We wouldn’t know such expressiuons as ‘far out,man’ if not for this dude. (or ‘dude’, for that matter, dude!)


13 posted on 04/29/2008 8:15:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (You're gonna cry 96 tears!)
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To: rond

Well, I guess LSD doesn’t necessarily lead to early death.


14 posted on 04/29/2008 8:20:59 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: wrench

Most LDS’s I know are fairly harmless. :)


15 posted on 04/29/2008 8:27:09 PM PDT by ClaudiusI
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To: Revolting cat!

Like, you know, man. Albert Hoffman was a groovy, far-out freak, man. Like, you know.


16 posted on 04/29/2008 8:29:47 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY ((((Obama's issues would be better resolved in a psychotherapists office, than in the Oval Office))))
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To: rond

Despite all the jokes, Hofmann was regarded as one of the most brilliant chemists of the 20’th century. He had very little to do with the social trajectory LSD took once it’s psychoactive properties were fully appreciated. The cult status he enjoyed was largely foisted on him.


17 posted on 04/29/2008 8:33:32 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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18 posted on 04/29/2008 8:33:39 PM PDT by VR-21
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To: rond

How does one “discover” a drug? Dontcha have to figger out how to make it?


19 posted on 04/29/2008 8:56:14 PM PDT by Cobra64 (www.BulletBras.net)
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How does one “discover” a drug? Dontcha have to figger out how to make it?

He was working on synthesizing derivatives of ergot. I seem to recall that it had something to do with finding a medication for migraines. Anyway, he synthesized LSD-25 and then did nothing more with it for several years and then, when taking another look at it, happened to ingest some. After that he and others experimented with varying amounts of it.
20 posted on 04/29/2008 9:07:40 PM PDT by aruanan
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To: rond
Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead
21 posted on 04/29/2008 9:27:01 PM PDT by OeOeO (Sic Transit Gloria Mundi... Gloria get me a beer,and hurry..)
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To: SpaceBar

It’s sort of funny to read who were some of the users in the 50s, Cary Grant,Clare Boothe and Henry Luce,I think Aldous Huxley wrote a book about his experiences.


22 posted on 04/29/2008 9:30:34 PM PDT by OeOeO (Sic Transit Gloria Mundi... Gloria get me a beer,and hurry..)
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To: rond

Oh wow. Bummer.


23 posted on 04/30/2008 4:59:59 AM PDT by Mad Dawg (Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.)
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