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The Flippinest Page Flip

November 28th, 2011 · 8 Comments · Real-life Adventure Tales

It was a grey newspaper day during “papers” week at Camp Cleanup — digging through layers of mounds of newsprint and letters and notes like an archeological dig, uncovering the strata of history in this ancient city of my life.

Overnight, the cat tipped over an old Safeways bag full of newspapers from a closet shelf.  On top were a bunch of various John Lennon copies from December 1980.  I figured that would be the whole stash;  but after I dusted away an inch or so I uncovered an unexplainable collection of different papers from 1959 — a New York World-Telegram, a Chicago Times, and a Minneapolis Tribune.

I flipped through the New York and Chicago ones looking for the major story these were saved for — but there’s nuthin — just a random day’s edition like someone picked them up on a cross-country trip.

The last paper was the Sunday Minneapolis Tribune with all the different sections, including not one but two magazines.  One was a Picture Magazine — a routine Parade thing — although it did have a cool page about the new singing sensations Paul Anka, Fabian, and Bobby Darin!  But it was already late in the day and my eyes were glazing sepia after an endless flipping flow through the yellowing pages of antiquity.

The last thing in the pile was the This Week magazine — which looked like the TV listings.  I flipped through it hoping for a story on Dobie Gillis or American Bandstand, but of course it wasn’t a TV guide.  There were only 3 channels back then!  It’s just another news magazine with ads and recipes and bowling stories from the fake Father Knows Best ‘50s — my numb finger flipping through the same numbing fluff, next page, next page, and the next page I flip there’s the headline across a 2-page spread —

“Wouldn’t that be funny if this was about acid…” I think,
before my eyes have time to scan to the bottom of the page
and see

In 1959.

You can click on any of these pictures and they go big.



I love the quote above — “Music is often played to stimulate memories and fantasies.  And patients are told to ‘go with the music,’ that is, have fantasies suggested by the music.”


“a psychic energizer”  🙂
“The most common experience of people who have taken LSD may best be described as ‘mystical’ or ‘religious.'”

It turns out the writer, Joe Hyams, is the guy who famously first broke the Cary Grant / LSD story earlier in 1959, and then he got sued by the movie studio, but later they totally settled and Hyams ended up writing Grant’s authorized biography.  Long story.  But he got interested in the subject because Cary Grant told him about it, so he began researching the drug, and here he safely writes about what he’s uncovered without mentioning any famous movie stars.


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Some related discoveries and adventures and visions . . .

The eternal admonition to — Be The Invincible Spirit You Are

The naked truth — Love Is

The Grateful Dead Played My 30th Birthday

The very dosey train trip across Canada — Festival Express

The Boys still Makin’ Magic at The Garden

The Woodstock-like trip of Obama’s Inauguration 

The poem Where Wayward Jekylls Hyde

The trippy Long Island Mansions Adventure.



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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Dunc Lennox // Nov 29, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    The treasures in Camp Hassett! That place is like a museum. You should charge admission!

  • 2 Albert Kaufman // Dec 1, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    What a looooooooong strange trip it’s been!
    Weir everywhere! 😀

  • 3 John Link // Jan 7, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    I love the artist’s painting on acid. How come there aren’t positive articles on this stuff now? We’ve only learned more. And it’s been proven to help with PTSD and all sorts of psychological maladies. Whether it’s MDMA, DMT, ayahuasca, psilocybin … they all bring about an awareness and positive shift in consciousness.
    At least a majority of people are realizing marijuana should not be illegal. I hope a change in public opinion about psychedelics is coming next.

  • 4 Stacy Anderson // Apr 19, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    “The most common experience of people who have taken LSD may best be described as ‘mystical’ or ‘religious.’”
    They got that right!

    Happy Bicycle Day!!!!! 😉

  • 5 Donald Howell // Jul 28, 2013 at 11:19 PM

    I love this stuff. There should be more research done into it. It’s a very therapeutic drug and can be taken in such a wide range of dosages. People don’t know that. The low dosage quarter hit type thing is a lot healthier than drinking or smoking pot or anything else. It’s crazy that this was so open n 1959 … and LEGAL … and we’ve regressed so far since then. There’ll come a time when this is legal again, but I doubt I’ll live to see it.

  • 6 Ben Lemon // Aug 10, 2018 at 6:26 AM

    The article paints a very rosy picture. The guy that was doing it stole all of my grandfathers paintings that he did as “payment”. So my grandfather had an unethical man experimenting for the government on citizens and then took all the paintings that he did because they were so valuable. Grandpa was Frank Nash Murdoch

  • 7 Brian // Aug 10, 2018 at 10:03 AM

    Huh. Thanks for chiming in!

    Are you talking about Dr. Janiger? He’s the guy known for doing the creativity experiments including with Aldous Huxley and Cary Grant and your grandpa and his paintings. But he was in private practice — didn’t work for the government.

    Sorry to hear you seem to have a negative take on the whole thing.

    Didn’t the trips have a positive effect on his art?
    And did it help with his alcoholism? I notice he lived for another 35 years or so after these tests/ therapy.

  • 8 Peter F Spooner // Feb 22, 2022 at 12:30 PM

    Ben Lemon – I just came across one of your grandfather’s illustration paintings. Let me know if you want to see it.

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