Jolleys Boat House, a fashionable hidey
hole for the fashionable middle class - and right in the middle of it ,
the leader of the hallucinogenic revolution , Ken
. The man the FBI said would wreck society and leave it to drug crazed hippies
, the people who don't know how to behave in restaurants.
But the middle class have survived and Kesey fits into it quite well , there are no horns or devils tail, but he's still a revolutionary and he still wants to change society.
When I first got into the drug business- ( sound of baby crying off camera ) - see what it does , it makes babies cry- when I got into drugs I'd never even been smoking, drinking beer or anything, I'd been training for the Olympics in wrestling , in good shape and the United States govt said, we need some volunteers to go in this strange room that the doctors and professors and generals didn't want to go in , but they wanted to know what was going on in there, so they hired a bunch of students to go and look it over .
Interviewer: and they were the great acid tests ?.
Kesey: Yes and mescaline and psylocybin and LSD 25 and LSD 6 and all those various drugs that were being developed by the C.I.A for their own ends as the Freedom Of Information act revealed that they were doing this to try and break down prisoners.
Do you think that if you had not gone through that , that your life would have
gone the way it went ?