Some 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.