The '60s at 50: Monday, April 11, 1966: LSD in the United States: Authorities said the drug produced extreme sensations of color, sight and taste, breaking down the sense of reality.
Sometime in the early 1960s, probably 1961, I took a course in conversational Spanish at The University of Texas at Austin. It was essentially a class of Show and Tell. Each student had to bring something to class and talk about it in Spanish. We could bring a newspaper article or a picture or a book. We were required to subscribe to La Prensa, so most of us brought articles from that paper. One of the students was married, and her husband was in the psychology department. One day she brought a couple of weird-looking pictures, not unlike the one above, to class, and she told us that her husband was doing experiments with a drug. Under the influence of the drug, a person looking at the picture would experience all kinds of things. It was an interesting presentation, but I pretty much forgot about it until a few years later when that drug was in the news a lot in articles like the one above. I've often wondered what happened to that woman and her husband.
And this reminds me that when I was a T.A. during my second tenure at UT, one of my students, a very good writer, was the first person arrested in Texas for the illegal sale of LSD. He was later arrested again for the same crime. I still remember his name, so I checked a newspaper archive just to be sure my memory still serves me well in this case. It does. He told the court that he got the LSD in California, "where drugs like LSD are accepted." He said, "You can sit on a street corner in California and if someone doesn't give you a bite of a sandwich, he'll give you some LSD."
I miss the old days.