Thursday, May 1, 2008
Albert Hoffman Jan 11, 1906 - Apr 29, 2008
Albert Hoffman embarked on what will presumably be his last “trip” yesterday at his home in Sweden. Mr. Hoffman was 102.
Timothy Leary was unavailable for comment. (Because he croaked in 1996) but one could imagine that his reaction would have been something to the effect of “Bummer”
Who exactly is (or was) Albert Hoffman? Let me just say Lysergic acid diethylamide.
Yep, you guessed it. L.S.D.
In April of 1943 Mr. Hoffman became the first guy to drop acid. He didn’t drop acid exactly. It was accidently absorbed through his skin while he was working in his laboratory.
Three days later after he intentionally ingested a small dose of the wonder drug, he enlisted the help of a co-worker to be the designated driver of his bicycle so he could get his blotto ass home.
This became known as Hoffman’s bicycle ride. Kind of like Mr. Toad’s wild ride, but different.
Let us pause to remember Albert Hoffman, without whom thousands of 1960s adventurous adolescents would have undoubtedly completed their college educations.
Party on Mr. Hoffman.