Monday, August 15, 2005

Where are they now? Stanley "Bear" Owsley

Who is he?
Jan 19, 1935 -
Owsley, Stanley was the first underground chemist to mass produced high-quality LSD in the 1960s. Born Augustus Owsley Stanley III, but known to most simply as Owsley or Bear. He served 18 months in the Air Force during the 50s. In 1963 he began attended U.C. Berkeley where he tried his first psychoactive and decided to produce methedrine. Police eventually raided his lab in 1965 but found only precursors.

Owsley moved to L.A. to pursue the production of LSD. He used his methedrine proceeds to buy bulk lysergic acid and produced somewhere between 100,000 and 10 million doses of LSD. Once finished, he returned to the bay area where he supplied LSD to Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters for their acid tests. Through them he also met the Grateful Dead in 1966 and began supporting them both financially and as a sound man.Owsley soon hooked up with Tim Skully and together they continued to produce LSD as well as STP (DOM). Their product, known by a variety of names, including "Owsley Acid" and "Orange Sunshine", was produced in large batches and either pressed into tablets or encapsulated. In 1967, Owsley's lab was raided and he was eventually sentenced to 3 years in prison. The same year, he officially shortened his name to "Owsley Stanley".

Owsley went on to do more sound work for the Grateful Dead after he was released from prison.

Where is he now?
He now lives in Australia.
Author of (Articles)
On Psychedelics
The True Reason for Drug Prohibition
Interview by Bruce Eisner (1998)
Links is his website where you can find articles, pictures of his art, and more.


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