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In April 1995, I moderated a panel at an event called the Whole Life Expo in San Fransisco, California called “The Future of Consciousness.” Among the panel members was Timothy Leary.
There was quite a bit of attention on Dr. Leary that afternoon. Earlier in the day, at his own workshop at the annual expo, Leary had announced to the world that he had untreatable, and most likely terminal Prostate Cancer.
I wanted to give Tim a good introduction, so when it was my turn to introduce him at the beginning of the panel, I mentioned a time I had spent with Tim, looking at a copy of his annotated bibliography a few years earlier, in his office at his Beverly Hills home. The illustrate and extended bibliography, a project spearheaded by his long-time friend Michael Horowitz, published 1988 includes entries on first 17 of Leary’s book several monographs, scores of professional journal publication, many magazine and newspaper articles, films, poetry and software.
After looking though the book, I turned to Timothy and said to him, “You sure wrote a lot of words.” I recounted to the audience,that Tim replied, “Yeah, and two-thirds of them were right.”
Leary sat next to me, listening to my account, and when I got to the remembered reply, his face suddenly clouded, and he appeared angry. He took the microphone out of my hand and said, “Bruce, I never used the words “right” in regard to my work, I must have said something else, maybe interesting, or well phrased, but I would never have used the word “right.”
The online book is available for download in a number of popular ebook formats. Also, the Open Library features a well-done online reader.