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Who is Ken Kesey? He grew up in Oregon and returned there to teach until his death in November 2001. He grew up in Oregon and returned there to teach.

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2 Who is Ken Kesey? He grew up in Oregon and returned there to teach until his death in November He grew up in Oregon and returned there to teach until his death in November While at Stanford, he became a volunteer in a program to test the effects of new drugs at the local Veterans Administration hospital. During this time, he discovered LSD and became interested in studying alternative methods of perception. He soon took a job in a mental institution, where he spoke extensively to the patients. While at Stanford, he became a volunteer in a program to test the effects of new drugs at the local Veterans Administration hospital. During this time, he discovered LSD and became interested in studying alternative methods of perception. He soon took a job in a mental institution, where he spoke extensively to the patients.

3 Sign of the Times Themes: individuality and rebellion against conformity Themes: individuality and rebellion against conformity Social Climate: United States was committed to opposing communism and totalitarian regimes around the world. Social Climate: United States was committed to opposing communism and totalitarian regimes around the world. The Novel was published in The Novel was published in 1962.

4 Kesey and LSD With his newfound wealth, Kesey purchased a farm in California, where he and his friends experimented heavily with LSD. He soon became the focus of a growing drug cult. He believed that using LSD to achieve altered states of mind could improve society. With his newfound wealth, Kesey purchased a farm in California, where he and his friends experimented heavily with LSD. He soon became the focus of a growing drug cult. He believed that using LSD to achieve altered states of mind could improve society.

5 Kesey In 1964, Kesey led a group of friends called the Merry Pranksters on a road trip across the United States in a bus named Further. In 1964, Kesey led a group of friends called the Merry Pranksters on a road trip across the United States in a bus named Further. The exploits of the Merry Pranksters are detailed in Tom Wolfes The Electric Kool- Aid Acid Test. The exploits of the Merry Pranksters are detailed in Tom Wolfes The Electric Kool- Aid Acid Test.


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