In Memoriam: Owsley Stanley (1935-2011) – “King of LSD,” Grateful Dead Soundman and… Global Cooling Alarmist?
Owsley Stanley, the famed 1960s “King of LSD” who helped pioneer the Grateful Dead’s trademark sound, has died following an auto accident in his adopted home country of Australia. So what led him to abandon America and flee to Australia, anyway?
It’s actually instructive regarding our current political climate. Apparently, he became convinced during the 1970s that global cooling was about to trigger a new ice age, so he relocated to the southern hemisphere, which he considered less subject to that supposed oncoming disaster. Mr. Stanley, of course, wasn’t alone in the global cooling hysteria. Among others, Newsweek and The New York Times repeatedly sounded the alarm, and continuing climate alarmist Paul Ehrlich predicted massive crop failures and starvation.
Rest in peace, Owsley Stanley. And thank you for the sobering lesson of the ephemeral nature of climate change alarmism amid the current fashion of global warming.