Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Augustus Owsley Stanley III

His obit is in the NYT here.

And there's a 2007 article about him in Rolling Stone here.

Over the course of the next fourteen years, Owsley — known to his friends as "Bear" because of his prematurely hairy chest as a teenager — enlisted in the Air Force, became a ham- radio operator, obtained a first-class radiotelephone operator's license, worked at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and served as a summer-relief broadcast engineer at TV and radio stations in Los Angeles. He married and divorced twice, fathered two children and got himself arrested on a variety of charges. He also studied ballet, Russian and French.


drjim said...

I never knew that much about him.
I could go on about "Those were the days"....but it's all just a haze.....

Turk Turon said...

George Carlin had a funny bit in his album "AM & FM" involving sports scores from improbable high school teams, and one of them was "...the Mighty Purple of Owsley High."

Another was Andy Granatelli Vocational.

og said...

Just by chance
You crossed the Diamond
With the pearl
You turned it on the world
That's when you turned the world around.

RIP, Kid Charlemagne