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TL;DR Biography: Timothy Leary

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Timothy Leary:
Invented LSD, wrote computer science textbooks, performed with Skinny Puppy. 

Timothy Francis Leary was born October 22, 1920 in Springfield, MA. His childhood and adolescence were wrought with discipline issues, though he eventually went to college and then served in the US Army during World War II, eventually earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama during his stint. His Ph.D. came from the University of California at Berkeley. Leary married and had 2 children with his first wife, who offed herself in 1955, making him the coolest single parent in the school system. It also left Leary disillusioned and atheistic.

Leary eventually landed in the faculty of Harvard and studied in great detail the behavioral model known as the Interpersonal Circumplex. (A more complex, updated model that Dr. Tim designed would come to be known as the Leary Circumplex.) It was during his time at Harvard that Leary enshined himself as a hero to the counterculture when he learned about Lysergic Acid Diethylamide–known to most as LSD or “acid” and known to this writer as “yellow-blotter-nightmare-fuel”. His hypothesis was that LSD might help alcoholics in recovery and reform criminals. His studies not only proved the hypothesis, but showed that acid made Grateful Dead concerts infinitely more interesting and caused brown fringe leather jackets to “look groovy”. Leary even stated the profundity of his own acid trips convinced him once and for all that there was a God. The joy of his breakthrough was short-lived, as Harvard booted his hippy ass soon thereafter.

Some well-heeled individuals whom Leary had “turned on” allowed him to continue his LSD experiments at their mansion in Millbrook, NY. A raid of the mansion eventually landed Leary in prison in a drug posession case prosecuted by none other than the soon-to–be-infamous G. Gordon Liddy. (Strangely enough, his sentence had nothing to do with LSD, since it was not, at that time, illegal. Marijuana was the illegal substance in this case.) Leary underwent a behavioral assessment battery to determine the work detail and security level under which he’d live. Ironically, the program was designed by Leary himself. (Remember the Leary Circumplex?) Shockingly, the test determined Leary was suitable for gardening and landscaping detail in a minimum-security prison. It should be a shock to few that Leary used this as an invitation to escape.

Over the next few years, Leary went though a succession of wives, wrote many books and sought asylum in several different countries. Upon his eventual return to America, Leary took a keen interest in astrophysics and computer science, writing many tomes on the subjects of space colonization, self-sustaining space stations and the HTML computer language. (One of this writer’s college computer science textbooks was penned by Leary.) The final ten years of Timothy Leary’s life were some of his most active and prolific, seeing the doctor delve into cybernetics, paganism, alternative and “trance” music, acting, authoring more than 10 books, pioneering the personal website and weblog (“‘blog”) formats and inspiring many authors, philosophers, artists and musicians, whose works would acknowledge his influence. Timothy Leary died on May 31, 1996 of prostate cancer. He had “tuned-in” and turned-on”, so all that remained for him to do was to “drop out”.

The handprint of Timothy Leary

Fun Facts about Timothy Leary

Leary was once married to Uma Thurman’s sweet-ass Swedish mother (though he did not sire Thurman himself).

Leary helped design some of Electronic Arts’ early games.

Timothy Leary is credited for performances on recordings by Skinny Puppy and Al Jourgenson’s Ministry side-project, Revolting Cocks.

In all likelihood, Leary is the only person to inspire songs by The Who (‘The Seeker”), The Moody Blues (“Legend of a Mind”) and (most impressive to this writer), Suicidal Tendencies (“Trip at the Brain”).

Leary did a lecture tour with G. Gordon Liddy, who had previously sent him to prison. During the tour, the two adversaries put aside their eir former differences and became close friends.

He is one of less than 200 people whose remains have been launched into orbit after cremation.

During his time at Folsom Prison, an inmate in an adjacent cell was Charles Manson.

Timothy F. Leary was a first-round pick in the 1979 Major League Baseball draft, going to the New York Mets and won the ’88 World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. (I’m sorry, that was Tim J. Leary.)

Leary had a cameo appearance in the Cheech & Chong movie Nice Dreams wherein he plays a doctor who gives Cheech Marin a dose of LSD.

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Written by Soylent Ape

January 3, 2008 at 9:32 am

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  1. What’s so special about drugs? Garbage. I have special faculties.

    I inject justice.


    January 3, 2008 at 10:15 am

  2. Italian Superheroes: Doing it all wrong.


    January 3, 2008 at 10:39 am

  3. It’s way more than drugs, Entomo.

    Dude invented blogging!

    bagel of everything

    January 3, 2008 at 11:08 am

  4. Yes, and that’s not garbage. Try injecting something else.


    January 3, 2008 at 11:14 am

  5. I inject rohyphenol

    bagel of everything

    January 3, 2008 at 11:23 am

  6. So did my ex girlfriends. Well, when they weren’t looking. I’m sneaky like that.


    January 3, 2008 at 11:32 am

  7. If it werent for Leary I probably never would of done acid.
    But he was responsable for all the selling points and cliche phrases that sold us all on the idea.” Inner self” and “step out of your mind ” and all those earthy hippie terms, thats what got us all to eat little peices of paper (eye drops were the best).
    My first time I was 3 miles off the coast of Waikiki and was holding a sling and dragging behind a sail boat while dolphins swam next to me. That was cool. it was blue micro dot. It was so cool that I decided to take 4 hits of 4 way window pane the next time.
    I dont take acid anymore.


    January 3, 2008 at 12:04 pm

  8. I stay away from the hard drugs. If I want to see things that aren’t there, I’ll just go off my meds.

    bagel of everything

    January 3, 2008 at 1:42 pm

  9. My dad died in 2000 christmas eve and I did a drunken die hard for about a month
    Except for that 1 month, Its been almost 14 years.
    Paxil almost killed me.
    I know it sounds fucking mooshy , but there was alot to see that i couldnt see for decades.
    Enough about me. What about you ?


    January 3, 2008 at 2:25 pm

  10. @ Entomo: Please don’t read my article as an endorsement of LSD or /any/ illicit drugs. I just thought Leary had a pretty weird and noteworthy life. Except for a beer every now and then, I’m a square.

    @ Keywork: (Affecting Borat voice) Naughty-Naughty!

    @ Micky: You know, I don’t discount your experience. I know the romanticized notions about “mind expansion” and “stepping outside oneself” certainly sound great. My condolences to you on the loss of your father and congratulations for staying straight for almost 15 years.

    Soylent ape

    January 3, 2008 at 5:46 pm

  11. @Soy: Compared to the backgrounds of the other candidates, I’m looking pretty good these days. But yes, naughty, naughty.


    January 3, 2008 at 6:13 pm

  12. I can’t help but wonder if Giuliani didn’t slip a roof’ or two in his day. And John Edwards? Come on! I’ll bet he knows assault and age-of-consent laws down to the finest point. He’s a lawyer, after all.

    Soylent ape

    January 3, 2008 at 7:07 pm

  13. I’m wondering if Leary got more girlfriends than me… and without a mask. That would be a record.



    January 3, 2008 at 7:10 pm

  14. Thanks Soy. But trust me , I still do crazy shit. Ask Key. Its more fun now because I’m sober enough to make a get away. And I can remember it all too.

    Entomo; Leary didnt need a mask. The chicks were all tripping and thought he was God.
    And yes, its true and on record. Leary gottalottapussy. alot.


    January 3, 2008 at 7:33 pm

  15. Interstellar Neurogenetics with Dr. Leary explicated HERE


    January 3, 2008 at 8:04 pm

  16. Micky,

    Chicks think I’m God, but they are not tripping. Oh well, let’s stay in topic.



    January 4, 2008 at 4:26 am

  17. Entomo is God.

    Oh, wait, no…I’m trippin’ balls right now.
    Women do love it when you call us “chicks” tho. You should keep doing that.

    bagel of everything

    January 4, 2008 at 5:37 am

  18. Entomo isn’t God. He’s Italiano. His mom probably makes some some heavenly lasagne, though.

    Soylent ape

    January 4, 2008 at 7:31 am

  19. My mom has an 18 ” dildo on a altar and calls it “God”.

    Entomo; Do you guys really eat that much lasagne in Italy ? Isnt it more of an American favorite ? Like Taco Bells “mexican pizza”?
    ( thats like saying “chinese hamburger”) wrong, just fucking wrong.


    January 4, 2008 at 12:32 pm

  20. Lay off Entomo, guys!

    If my mommy made good lasagne, I’d still live with her, too!

    bagel of everything

    January 4, 2008 at 12:34 pm

  21. […] Apparently, Timothy Leary invented blogging.  About time one of those dirtheads did something good for the rest of us!  Well, assuming you […]

  22. Basically, I’m composed 89% Spaghetti moleculas and 11% Insect-Man moleculas.

    No Lasagna in my veins.



    January 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm

  23. Ciopino ?


    January 4, 2008 at 4:44 pm

  24. I’m of Italian (among others) extraction, but I don’t know jack about Italian cuisine.

    Soylent ape

    January 4, 2008 at 7:39 pm

  25. The Italians taught the French how to cook.
    All the French did was dress it up.

    Ciopino is an Italian clear broth/white wine based dish. ( I hate saying soup) With everything from clams to lobster, shrimp,crab and usually some meditteranian fish. Served with pasta on the side.
    The French make the same thing but altered it slightly by putting in some saffron and tomatoes. Instead of white wine they use a light burgundy.
    The French call theirs ” Boulliabaise”


    January 4, 2008 at 8:06 pm

  26. I like pizza rolls, but only on fancy type occassions.
    Like weddings.

    The Bagel of Everything

    February 1, 2008 at 8:23 pm

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  28. lsd is the shit man

    Adam Barbour

    April 7, 2008 at 11:11 am

  29. so is excrement.


    April 7, 2008 at 11:32 am

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