Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who accidentally discovered LSD in 1938, turns 100 today. He was also the drug’s first guinea pig, originally intending it for medicinal use.
"I sat down at home on the divan and started to dream," he told the Swiss television network SF DRS. "What I was thinking appeared in colors and in pictures. It lasted for a couple of hours and then it disappeared." (via ABC)
Yikes. Ok kids, let’s all agree to stay away from LSD. In the meantime, check out NPR’s Soundcheck show today, which will examine how LSD shaped music of the Hippy movement and beyond. While I don’t support hallucinagenic drugs, I do love the music from that era. Maybe I should try sniffing Elmer’s Glue the next time I write a song…
Put on your party hats, and sing with me: "Lucy in the Skyyyyyyyy, with Diamonds…"
UPDATE: I’m not sure how I missed this, but there’s a great interview with Albert in the NY Times.]]>