Louie in the Sty with Dentists


Last weekend The New York Times profiled LSD inventor Albert Hofmann, who turns 100 tomorrow. If you're expecting a hippie outlaw, you'll be disappointed:

"It was used very successfully for 10 years in psychoanalysis," [Hoffman] said, adding that the drug was hijacked by the youth movement of the 1960's and then demonized by the establishment that the movement opposed. He said LSD could be dangerous and called its distribution by Timothy Leary and others "a crime."

"It should be a controlled substance with the same status as morphine," he said.

Interestingly, that was Leary's original position as well, before the government upped the ante by banning the drug altogether. "Turn on, tune in, drop out" came later.

One of the first celebrities to experiment with Hofmann's creation was Claire Booth Luce, spouse of Time mogul Henry Luce. Celebrate her psychedelic legacy with a sheet of blotter acid and the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute's pin-up calendar of "great American conservative women," whose lineup of lady Republicans includes Ann Coulter, Shemane Nugent, and Suzanne Fields.