Allen Cohen-Allen Cohen was a young poet from New York, drawn to the Haight-Ashbury by the prevailing bohemian spirit. One night, he dreamed of a psychedelic "rainbow-colored" newspaper, which would be seen throughout the world. With the support and funding of interested locals, the first issue of "The Oracle" appeared on the streets of the Haight-Ashbury in September, 1966. With its stunning split-fountain printing and psychedelic artwork, The Oracle was one of the most beautiful newspapers ever printed. At its peak, over 100,000 copies a month were printed, and true to Allen's dream, it was indeed seen around the world.
Neil Cassidy-As the model for the non-stop Dean Moriarity in Jack Kerouac's, "On the Road", the free-spirited Neil Cassady was already a legend by the time he met a young novelist named Ken Kesey in 1963. With his incredible energy and abilities, Neil demonstrated to the Pranksters just what "Furthur" really meant. Neil's feats as the driver of the Magic Bus defied belief, as did his ability to carry on multiple conversations simultaneously. To those who knew him, Neil was "The fastest man alive", a model of "being", versus doing. Neil, Jerry Garcia once said,.."was unbelievable. He was a... [continues]
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