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Flashbacks: Working Together with Timothy Leary

learysdeadSome people don’t know who Timothy Leary was. But if you grew up in the sixties or seventies, you probably do. He was one of the most controversial figures of the twentieth century, and almost everyone had heard of him then. Along with being an award-winning social scientist and a psychologist at Harvard, he introduced many Americans to psychedelic drugs and was a guru for social exploration and change.

In the early eighties, at a publishing company in Los Angeles, I worked side-by-side with Leary to help research and edit his autobiography, appropriately named Flashbacks. Perhaps surprisingly, I found him to be a very quick and disciplined writer. He was also a fascinating character and captured everybody’s attention whenever he was in the office.

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A Few Words About Regret

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I can spend quite a bit of time mulling over bad decisions and wishing I could make different ones. But there’s absolutely no point. Regretting something won’t give me another crack at it. I can’t take the other path now.

One of my regrets is that I’ve regretted too many things. I can really rack them up if I think about it.

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Why Microsoft Moved a Farmhouse

If you were working at Microsoft in the 1990s, you might remember a little house on blocks near Redwest. We speculated about its fate for two years while it sat there.

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Here’s the story.

Chicken farming used to be a main industry of the rural eastside. In 1992, Microsoft purchased 35 acres of the Morelli property, one of the area’s largest chicken farms, for the 700,000-square-foot Redwest  campus. On the property remained a 1936 farmhouse, and Gabe Morelli, one of the last family members remaining on the property, was unwilling to sell it.

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