bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Famous oak croaks

A famous bee tree has fallen in California. The tree was the focus of LSD parties, early Grateful Dead gigs and psychedelic literary gatherings in the 1960s.
The valley oak was immortalized in Tom Wolfe's 1968 book The Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, which described Perry Avenue resident and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest author Ken Kesey holding court on a tree-top mattress with bowls of LSD-laced chili. Grateful Dead fans hung flowers from the tree when Jerry Garcia died in 1995 ...
The oak tree simply fell over this week. A local beekeeper says the tree has had a bee nest for twenty years and is wondering how to rescue it.


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