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(Yahoo)   Groovy: The family of writer Ken Kesey plans to restore his 'Electric Kool-Aid Acid' bus in time for the 50th anniversary of its passengers' LSD-laced trip across America   (news.yahoo.com) divider line 48
    More: Cool, Ken Kesey, LSD, Pleasant Hills, school bus, Willamette Valley, Jack Kerouac, Merry Pranksters, passengers  
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2013-03-16 11:49:37 AM  
i won't go -adele
 
2013-03-16 12:20:35 PM  
That's just cuckoo.
 
2013-03-16 01:55:58 PM  
Big money in nostalgia.

/but not much freedom
 
2013-03-16 03:10:38 PM  
I wonder how many times it would get pulled over by local fuzz if they tried to take it across the country
 
2013-03-16 03:13:11 PM  
Folks can't conjure enough imagination not to rehash and reboot the dead and rotting.
Speaks volumes.
Recycling gone stupid.
"Hey, let's all dress differently the same and be rebels!"

Cows.
 
2013-03-16 03:15:34 PM  
Is it a good book?  I keep hearing about it.  It's a bit before my time.
 
2013-03-16 03:16:14 PM  
Restore? Hell, just put new brake lines, fuel line, tires and engine belts on that thing and let 'er rip. Oh and change the oil, maybe. Every old International I've dealt with was a rusty-ass tank. Pulled one truck out from behind a barn under its own power after it had been sitting for 20 years. I love those old hulks.
 
2013-03-16 03:17:10 PM  
Who is going to drive?
 
2013-03-16 03:17:16 PM  
CSB Alert; When I visited Kesey & The Pranksters in '94 I was allowed to sit in Neal Cassady's driver's seat biatches, Kesey got me a Henry Weinhard's as everybody watched the NBA Finals
 
2013-03-16 03:17:16 PM  
Because those responsible for the article couldn't be bothered:

jetcityorange.com
 
2013-03-16 03:20:32 PM  
Yeah, but what has he done lately?  What?
Never mind.
 
2013-03-16 03:20:51 PM  
Hey man, where you goin with that groovy bus, man?

"FURTHUR".
 
2013-03-16 03:21:22 PM  
I've got a first-printing of that book that I bought  for a dollar at a thrift store. I need to get it signed by Kesey & Wolf before they die so that I can sell it for a shiatload of cash.
 
2013-03-16 03:21:52 PM  
Looks suspiciously like a gas van:

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2013-03-16 03:23:24 PM  

sleeper2995: I wonder how many times it would get pulled over by local fuzz if they tried to take it across the country


Will be set ablaze by the police when people tripping on acid inside the bus are too scared to talk to them. Then all schools within a 100 mile radius will be put on lockdown.
 
2013-03-16 03:26:19 PM  
On the bus.
/have been now for 20 years, always will be.
 
2013-03-16 03:28:05 PM  
Too bad acid hasn't been any good since the late 70's. When it from clear light to blotter, the quality went down.
 
2013-03-16 03:31:32 PM  
Well, I work in the psychedelics industry so I am really gertting a kick out of these replies. . . . . .

----------But I forgot what I was going to say.
 
2013-03-16 03:31:34 PM  
See, this is why the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour" was their lamest album.  Total ripoff.

/the Walrus was Paul
 
2013-03-16 03:35:12 PM  

SirEattonHogg: Is it a good book?  I keep hearing about it.  It's a bit before my time.


It's a bit looser than most of Wolfe's non-fiction work (which you would expect considering the subject matter -i.e. following a bunch of tripping hippies around the country in a bus and chronicling their adventures) and there's a definite resemblance to some of Hunter Thompson's late 60's stuff (it came out when Hells Angels was still pretty new in everyone's mind so there's bound to be some influence). I think if you're interested in the period and that sub-culture it's absolutely required reading.
 
2013-03-16 03:36:38 PM  

wiseolddude: Too bad acid hasn't been any good since the late 70's. When it from clear light to blotter, the quality went down.


Back before Owsley had the ability to measure the dose accurately, he used to aim for 400 mcg, which is about equal to 10 hits of goofy blotter, but he would never get closer than 50% either way, so some times it would be okay and some times it would blow your head off.

The quality went down as soon as the laws against it were passed, but before it was illegal it was almost impossible to obtain.
 
2013-03-16 03:36:42 PM  
i59.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-16 03:36:45 PM  
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2013-03-16 03:38:33 PM  
farkin' baby boomer faux nostalgia. why don't you just re-watch forrest gump on the tee vee

with that said, I wouldn't mind a hit or two to clear the cobwebs out of the noggin. been over a decade worth of junk just accumulatin' up there
 
2013-03-16 03:45:10 PM  
Up to La Honda, cross the bridge with the "No Left Turns Unstoned" sign, pick a little with the Warlocks... nice high school memories.
 
2013-03-16 03:45:19 PM  
fta "The bus is essentially the best icon of the '60's," said his son, Zane Kesey.

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2013-03-16 03:47:39 PM  
The Merry Pranksters seem a lot like the Burning Man crowd today.

Social astronauts.

Let's find the maximum distance we can go within human interaction, and then push beyond that, into totally uncharted waters.  With random people we meet.
 
2013-03-16 03:49:10 PM  
Snapper Carr:  SirEattonHogg: Is it a good book? I keep hearing about it. It's a bit before my time.

It's a bit looser than most of Wolfe's non-fiction work (which you would expect considering the subject matter -i.e. following a bunch of tripping hippies around the country in a bus and chronicling their adventures) and there's a definite resemblance to some of Hunter Thompson's late 60's stuff (it came out when Hells Angels was still pretty new in everyone's mind so there
's bound to be some influence). I think if you're interested in the period and that sub-culture it's absolutely required reading.



Thanks. I liked reading The Right Stuff and Bonfire of the Vanities.  But that's obviously very different material.  Subculture is fine, but I didn't like "On the Road" much, which I'm wondering if is going to be similar.  OTOH, I liked Hells Angels.   Eh, I'll have a look.
 
2013-03-16 03:50:42 PM  

FlyingJ: CSB Alert; When I visited Kesey & The Pranksters in '94 I was allowed to sit in Neal Cassady's driver's seat biatches, Kesey got me a Henry Weinhard's as everybody watched the NBA Finals


That is a cool story!
 
2013-03-16 03:50:44 PM  
The first time that my sister, two brothers and I were all in the same place at the same time, we were driving through Yreka California, looking for an open bar, and were driving down Main Street, and my sister says, "Hey look at the funny bus!" I yelled out "Hey, that's Furthur!" We whipped a U-turn, and followed it to a motel, where we greeted Ken Kesey, and his friend. They had just driven up from San Francisco, where they had picked up the bus on its return from a tour of England. They allowed us to tour the bus, but turned down our offer to show them around our hometown, as they had to hit the road early the next morning. I still have the pics, and a fond memory.
 
2013-03-16 04:15:32 PM  
50 years ago? Really? Dang, I saw the real one. It never feels like I am an elder until, well until.
 
2013-03-16 04:22:03 PM  

Omahawg: farkin' baby boomer faux nostalgia. why don't you just re-watch forrest gump on the tee vee

with that said, I wouldn't mind a hit or two to clear the cobwebs out of the noggin. been over a decade worth of junk just accumulatin' up there


I was actually expecting more comments like this by now. eeh.. its still early.

given the subject matter, and who it would appeal to, I don't think they'll have any problems raising the capital to do the resturation, but I wonder if they have even gotten and estimation of restoration yet? if its been sitting out there in a swamp, in oregon, it is NOT going to be in very good shape at all.
 
2013-03-16 04:24:54 PM  
Looks like a great Kickstarter campaign.
 
2013-03-16 04:26:27 PM  

SirEattonHogg: Is it a good book?  I keep hearing about it.  It's a bit before my time.


If you are interested in the sub culture of the 60s it is a good read. I have read it a few times and so have my kids. Way before their time.
 
2013-03-16 04:27:23 PM  
Gosh Boomers are so shallow about what matter culturally.
 
2013-03-16 04:32:49 PM  
There was Cowboy Neal at the wheel the bus to never-never land...
 
2013-03-16 05:02:52 PM  

Notabunny: fta "The bus is essentially the best icon of the '60's," said his son, Zane Kesey.


Just had to slip in that rustang picture, didn't you? LoL
 
2013-03-16 05:12:41 PM  

douchebag/hater: Gosh Boomers are so shallow about what matter culturally.


Most of the time aging hippy boomers and their burnout progeny do annoy me, but, I do think that this is a cultural artifact worth preserving. Kinda like Auschwitz, those that forget the past are doomed to repeat it kind of stuff. dig?
 
2013-03-16 05:15:25 PM  

studebaker hoch: The Merry Pranksters seem a lot like the Burning Man crowd today.


Desperate for attention?
 
2013-03-16 06:13:46 PM  
Looks like the restoration crew is making progress:

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2013-03-16 06:25:05 PM  

HotIgneous Intruder: Folks can't conjure enough imagination not to rehash and reboot the dead and rotting.
Speaks volumes.
Recycling gone stupid.
"Hey, let's all dress differently the same and be rebels!"

Cows.


cause it's all about now and what's trending and being so concerned
and judgemental about what others do
 
2013-03-16 06:32:21 PM  
Fear the Clam

The Merry Pranksters seem a lot like the Burning Man crowd today.

Desperate for attention?


Enlightened.

Well educated, psychologically intact and emotionally fearless.  They're way ahead of conventional thinking.
 
2013-03-16 07:01:31 PM  
Devolving_Spud  Looks like the restoration crew is making progress.


Ha.  That's the bus I recall for my generation (well atleast in reruns in the early 80's).  Forget about finding yourself, travelling America and taking mind expanding drugs.  It's a fake band made up by scriptwriters and ABC suits, marketed for the teenybopper market.

I guess in a vague sense, it must have made an impression for my generation.

C'mon get happy!!!!
 
2013-03-16 08:01:23 PM  
I know a guy who supplied the acid for several Acid Tests. Real Sandoz.

He never knew they were anything "extra cool" until years later.
 
2013-03-16 09:31:02 PM  

Fear the Clam: studebaker hoch: The Merry Pranksters seem a lot like the Burning Man crowd today.

Desperate for attention?


actually, they would prefer you not pay attention and go about with your own business and desires... sir
 
2013-03-16 09:35:48 PM  

J. Frank Parnell: sleeper2995: I wonder how many times it would get pulled over by local fuzz if they tried to take it across the country

Will be set ablaze by the police when people tripping on acid inside the bus are too scared to talk to them. Then all schools within a 100 mile radius will be put on lockdown.

 
2013-03-16 09:48:05 PM  
You're either on the bus, or off the bus.


/on
 
2013-03-17 02:42:37 AM  
But if I get off the bus will I get to see Eddie Izzard sing?

/hey! Is that Prudence?
 
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