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Owsley Stanley

Owsley StanleyAKA Augustus Owsley Stanley III

Born: 19-Jan-1935
Birthplace: Arlington, VA [1]
Died: 12-Mar-2011
Location of death: Kennedy Highway, Queensland, Australia
Cause of death: Accident - Automobile

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Johnny Appleseed of LSD

Military service: USAF (18 months, 1950s)

Free-lance pharmacologist Owsley Stanley produced at least a million doses of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) in a homemade lab in his Berkeley, CA apartment during the 1960s, and was a key player in the drug's growing popularity. Discarding any batch suspected of impurities, he earned a reputation as the most reliable and high-quality supplier of his product. His customers included San Francisco-area hippies and dealers, author Ken Kesey, and rock stars from The Beatles to Steely Dan, as well as Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, and Pete Townshend of The Who. He was also, of course, a friend, fan, and supplier of acid for The Grateful Dead, even paying the band's rent before they became successful, and serving for several years as their sound engineer.

Grandson and namesake of Kentucky Governor A. Owsley Stanley.

[1] Richard M. Dorson, America in Legend: Folklore from the Colonial Period to the Present (1973).

Wife: Sheila (until his death, two sons, two daughters)
Son: Pete
Son: Starfinder
Daughter: Nina
Daughter: Redbird

    University: University of Virginia
    University: University of California at Berkeley (attended 1963-65)

    Drug Possession: LSD sentenced 3 years prison, 1967
    Drug Possession: Marijuana (1970)
    Naturalized Australian Citizen 1996
    Risk Factors: LSD, Marijuana, Throat Cancer

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