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Michael & Carol Griggs Randall in front of autographed poster of documentary.

"These are Tales of the Great Drug Runners..." Interview with Michael Randall, co-founder of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, the 60's legally registered Southern California church that used LSD and hashish as their sacrament. Inspired to spread their gospel, the Brotherhood soon fueled the Counterculture Revolution with 130,000 hits of Orange Sunshine and fifty to perhaps a staggering 200 tons of first-ever-in-U.S. Afghani hash. Smuggling product in surf boards, film canisters, exotic musical instruments, VW buses, and boats, with dozens of secret identities, the Brotherhood operated as global Scarlet Pimpernels with such a cloak of invisibility, top law enforcement dismissed the very idea of organized hippie outlaws. No way - hippies are a joke, a nuisance, a passing fad.

That changed when the Brotherhood's escapades made international headlines. Tim Leary, the World's Greatest LSD Showman (to coin a phrase), started living in a teepee on the Brotherhood's ranch and surprisingly announced he was running for Governor of California against Ronald Reagan.* Leary quickly brought unwanted attention and heat to the BEL. Leary was busted in Laguna Beach for two roaches and sentenced to 10-years for possession (with previous conviction, 20 total), but really as a political prisoner. Michael Randall was architect of Timothy Leary's 1970 notorious prison escape. As if that was not brazen enough, on Christmas Day – the Brotherhood dropped 25,000 tabs of acid from a plane on a concert to induce a communal spiritual revolution.

Michael and his wife Carol have lived quiet lives as meek, mild-mannered jewelers in Marin County, without even friends and associates knowing their true identities. The couple finally revealed themselves in the brilliant William Kirkley documentary, ORANGE SUNSHINE (2016). Michael Randall told me it took the producer almost five years to convince him.

Michael told me that the group distributed about 130 million hits of Orange Sunshine before federal drug agents finally caught up to the Brotherhood in 1972. Randall was busted at the New Year’s Eve Dead show at Winterland. When the conspiracy trail went south, he went on the lam and spent the next twelve years on the run with Carol and their family. Randall was finally re-arrested in 1984 near Boulder, CO and sent to prison for five years.

Carol Griggs Randall said in a magazine interview, “The ’60s was a movement of people who saw how things could be done better. It was a whole movement that changed things and the Brotherhood was a big part of it. We wanted to create a spiritual revolution and nothing less.”

Interview with Michael Randall of the Brotherhood of Eternal Love by J. Macon King

Randall speaks to MillValleyLit about what the sixties were like before LSD, his smuggling life, tripping around with Tim Leary, Albert Hoffman, Owsley, the Dead, Jimi, plus his continuing gospel of spiritual expansion.

At the brewery where the Orange Sunshine movie poster came to my attention, I met up for beers with the co-founder of the Brotherhood that fueled the 1960s Counterculture. Michael Randall, jewelry artist, poet and author, is a tall, lanky, imposing figure, usually sporting a vest and hat. He has a warm, welcoming demeanor, with a sense of humor, but also seems like a man who doesn’t suffer fools. He told me upfront that his agent advised him not to talk to me, because of upcoming projects and so forth. Michael said that he liked me and wanted to talk anyway. He would just have to keep a few things to himself. That was agreeable. At times during the interview I felt that I was truly sitting across from a bonified guru.

Produced by William A. Kirkley. Dennis Harvey in VARIETY calls it a: "sunny retro thriller, maintaining a brisk pace and lively aesthetic surface. The caper narrative tilt is heightened by having actors play the main characters in wordless re-enactment sequences that blend quite well into the whole, being shot to look like 8mm home movies and other archival materials." With: Michael Randall, Carol Griggs, Rick Bevan, Ron Bevan, Travis Ashbrook, Wendy Bevan, Michael Kennedy, Neil Purcell.

IN THE BEGINNING

MillValleyLit: Michael, you, and the Brotherhood of Love, were really at ground zero of the hippie/psychedelic movement. You knew and\or were friends with some of the big names of the era: Tim Leary, Owsley and his protégés LSD chemists Tim Scully and the late Nick Sand, Kesey, Ram Das, Albert Hoffman? 

MR: These are all people I know. Many of those people have been very, very close friends. Ken Kesey, I didn’t know well, but I met him many times. Sand and Scully were dear, dear friends, we love each other. I knew Ram Das very well, I knew him all my life.

MillValleyLit: Jerry Garcia, the Dead, Bill Graham?

MR: Yes, we could go backstage whenever we wanted. Bill Graham used to have his security “arrest” me and take me in the back where Bill would steal my hash. He loved hash. Look, I'm not really into people with names or that are well-known.

MillValleyLit: Because you have led such a private life, understandably, for many, many years, underground for twelve years, I’m trying to establish for the readers just where you fit in with more familiar names.

MR: Then Ralph Metzner should be in there. 

MillValleyLit: Right. He just passed away.

MR: Yes. We were at his memorial service. It does happen that I know a lot of the people and a lot of big things were just coming in the 60s. We weren't trying to be famous. We were doing the right things and following our instincts. Also Alan Watts, I've been to his house in Malibu at parties many times.

MillValleyLit: I used to hang out on Watts' giant houseboat in Sausalito, the old ferry S.S. Vallejo. My friend lived there helping with the restoration after Alan died. It was the site of the 1967 "Houseboat Summit" on LSD with Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder and Alan Watts.

MR: O.K., if you want a big name, I dropped acid with Jimi Hendrix. Then I was just a few feet away from him as he performed tripping on stage in New York.

MillValleyLit: Now we’re talking! That’s more impressive than “I Dropped Acid with Groucho Marx.”** The late Paul Krassner’s booklet. Krassner (Editor’s note: Yippie leader, Chicago 7 Trial, etc.) gave it to me in North Beach. Actually, he sold it to me. But at least he signed it.

MR: Timothy, Richard Alpert and Metzner from Harvard were the three main people that were doing experimentation with psychedelics. They were going into prisons and doing sessions with prisoners with the authority’s permission. And they were the first discovering the spiritual aspects and healing aspects of psychedelics, that it could help heal people who are criminals, or criminally insane or strung out on heroin. I personally turned people on to acid that were junkies that quit shooting dope right then and there and never went back to it.

One San Francisco couple like that, the man came with me to Laguna Beach, and the wife checked into rehab, already done the standard government whatever rehab. He never shot heroin again. She overdosed six months later. So, I think the whole thing with Harvard was that they started out with psychedelics as a tool, a psychological tool and a spiritual tool. I mean that's where it was born and by the fact that a bunch of hippies started taking it, I mean if you're going to have a revolution you have to have people doing the revolution. It isn't going to happen in the doctor's office. It's not going to happen in the research facility. It's going to happen on the streets or better in the countryside on the beaches and mountains and rivers and streams - getting high. And discovering who you are, your inner self. It's an amazing opportunity that we've been given in my opinion to be able to take a pill. It seems like it pisses some people off to even suggest that you can take a pill and have a spiritual revelation, but it's true. You can. It happens. It happens I'm damn sure near every time anybody takes it, under the right circumstances.

That's why we put out a guide book, A Psychedelic Guide, which is a guide book that follows closely upon Timothy Leary's book, Psychedelic Prayers. His book is a reinterpretation of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu, written 2500 years ago in China, before Christ, which is some of the most profound simple, clean wisdom about Consciousness and about how to not be attached; how to un-attach yourself from all of the things that life sort of gets glued onto you.

LEARY - The WORLD'S GREATEST LSD SHOWMAN: U.S. Senate hearing 1966.

 

MillValleyLit: Yes, right. You gave me a copy of your book a while back. It’s a good guide. I wish I had it when I first tripped.

MR: It’s something I don't make any money on. In fact, I lost money. I never did it to make money. We give it away. You can buy that book on Lulu Press.* It's a good book and it's nice to have a little bit of guidance and some suggestions as how to still your mind. How to go about it, to prepare your mind. The real overlooked truth about LSD is the immediate spiritual revelation.

CIA, COPS, COURT and DISORGANIZED CRIME

MillValleyLit: Let’s get this question out of the way. We know about CIA documented use of LSD for mind control, MK-Ultra, etc. Also, theories of their involvement influencing the psychedelic movement, using some leaders as tools, perhaps attempting to get people to drop out of everything and become useless and controllable. What are your thoughts?

MR: Yes, we know that the CIA tried to use it, so people have come up with government conspiracy theories like that - maybe Timothy Leary was working for the CIA? That’s bullshit. I hear something like that and take exception to the suggestion that Timothy Leary was a CIA stooge. He was a brave man. He was not a perfect man. I don't like perfect. I have never met a perfect person and I hope I never do. But he was an inspiration and to reduce the whole psychedelic movement to.... that we were puppets in the strings were being pulled by the CIA or some government, is complete bullshit. That is what someone who has never taken LSD would come up with. If one did, they would know what the experience with LSD would be like. You are not subject to anything. It frees you, right? It frees you from all these vines and bindings that we have, and we damn sure weren't connected to any government conspiracy. We were free young people discovering ourselves and trying to help others free and discover themselves.

JK: Right. I agree. I suppose the only time the authorities ever got involved besides busting people, and I guess trafficking themselves, Air America, Bobby and the Boys (Bobby Seal), and all that, was pressuring people to make deals and be informants. >>>>

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A Psychedelic Guide by the Randalls and Trippy Poetry by Carol Randall, one of the original founding members of The Brotherhood of Eternal Love (and Sisterhood), a group of spiritual hippies who helped usher in the psychedelic era in the 60's and 70's. (Lulu Press**)

 

"Now, little by little I could begin to enjoy the unprecedented colors and plays of shapes that persisted behind my closed eyes. Kaleidoscopic, fantastic images surged in on me, alternating, variegated, opening and then closing themselves in circles and spirals, exploding in colored fountains, rearranging and hybridizing themselves in constant flux." From Albert Hoffman notes.

 

LSD chemists Tim Scully and Nick Sand.

The Sunshine Makers documentary on the LSD chemists Tim Scully and Nick Sand. "The undaunted spirit and psychedelic warrior of love and light, Nick Sand, the outlaw chemist, died in his sleep on Monday April 24th, 2017 at the age of 75. (They were)...most famous for the Orange Sunshine brand of LSD distributed by the Brotherhood of Eternal Love..." "Nick Sand found a way to smuggle in and dose many prisoners at McNeil Island Penitentiary with psychedelics during his stay there. 'We got the whole prison stoned...' (said Nick)." From Casey Hardison at psymposia.com.

LSD was first synthesized by the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann in 1938, who was the first man to trip on LSD in a self-experiment in 1943, known by fans as "Bicycle Day." He rode his bike home high as a kite. The drug was legal in CA until Oct. 1966.

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MR: That didn’t work very well with our people. In court at my sentencing in the early 80s, the judge, Ramirez,  said, “I've got to tell you, you guys have really stuck up for each other. I've never seen so many people lie to this court, just trying to defend their friends.” (laughs) And I thought, oh shit. But he continued, “I admire that. And by the way, I was at your store in Laguna Beach when I was a law student and I thought it was beautiful. I hate to sentence you to prison right now.” But of course, he did. But he kind of had a little insight into it. It was strange. He made a point of saying during sentencing that he had been to our shop, “Mystic Arts World” (Ed. note – Brotherhood’s “hippie emporium” shop\HQ) in Laguna Beach. He lived in Palos Verdes and was going to UCLA law school. He had visited our shop when he was a student, and now he's the judge sentencing me to prison.

Weird the way fate works - it's the Little Wonders, we're all woven together. We made a deal and the judge took a year off that deal. We made a deal with the prosecutor and the judge gave a year less. The judge got in some trouble because of a big Mafia trial was going on about the same time. The Bonanno family (Ed. note – one of the Five Families of New York, involving Donnie Brasco). “Joe Bananas” they called him, and they got a pretty sweet deal and that judge got into a little bit of hot water. My judge had suggested that I apply for what they call Rule 35 for a sentence reduction, but I had to go to the parole board first. When in in the meantime, the shit hit the fan with the Bonanno family. Look, your iPhone is still recording. White man’s magic, Brother.

MillValleyLit: (laughs) Steve Jobs!

MR: ...who took Orange Sunshine, by the way. So anyway, I had to finish my sentencing, but he helped me write my first ---. He was a great judge and I really trusted him. It was a good thing I was on the run for twelve years before that, because the heat of the first trials (Ed. note - the conspiracy indictments of the Brotherhood members) was insane! They hated us so badly. Nixon is calling Timothy Leary “the most dangerous man in America” and labeled the Brotherhood “the most dangerous organization in America.” And they fucking hated us. So many times, they would have guns drawn. And they told me, “Go ahead and try to run, we would love it.”

MillValleyLit: They shot one of your people in the back right in Mill Valley.

MR: Yes, they killed Chuck Scott. They’ve killed a lot of my friends. When we started in Laguna Beach, we used to antagonize the police, but we were just having fun, right, we didn't take it seriously. And then they started killing people! Young surfers, an 18-year-old. The kid goes out a window and he's got an ounce of weed, and the Orange County deputy sheriff and another officer shot him and killed him. For an ounce of weed. They hated us, it was terrible. So, we didn’t like them very much either.

At our conspiracy trial, after they finally pulled some of us into court, they charged us with conspiracy for every crime every one of us did. Like thirty-five of us. They were trying out new RICO conspiracy charges on us. RICO was a new federal statute, just on the books in Oct. 1970. RICO was designed to fight organized crime. We were a bunch of hippies and surfers. We were disorganized crime! Which is why the authorities had a difficult time figuring us out. In the courtroom, under Judge Vincent, oh my God, it was hot. It was almost on fire - the animosity and the division. We had eleven motions for the defense. We won all our motions, but it was so hot, I had to skip out.

MillValleyLit: It didn't help when Joe Esterhaus, in Rolling Stone magazine, called you the “Hippie Mafia,” which I know you fully rebuke. Because you weren’t the ones shooting people.

MR: Funny thing is, we were NOT organized crime. We were DISORGANIZED CRIME! That article didn’t help, but our trial had already started.

MillValleyLit: What year was the indictment trails?

MR: 1972, ‘73.

LSD, LABS & LEARY Oh my!

MillValleyLit: OK. By 1972, you estimated that your group distributed upwards of 130 million doses of Orange Sunshine LSD. That is a large quantity of anything. And those tiny little pills were so powerful. Like diamonds. Maybe added symbology for “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Plus, humungous quantities, tons and tons, of top-shelf hash and pot. Thank you very much by the way!

MR: We were the biggest.

MillValleyLit: It seems that without the Brotherhood and associates, the revolution certainly wouldn't have had as much influence or staying power as it had, and certainly not as much mind expansion. What's your thoughts on that?

MR: Somebody else would have done it. If we didn't, somebody else would have been there.

MillValleyLit: Hard to believe anybody else could have done what the Brotherhood did, with your skill, enthusiasm, love, and yes, luck.

MR: Yeah, there's higher things that sometimes are, maybe guiding life. I do not know, but I know that you're right about what we did. It was pivotal in Consciousness. It was pivotal in that time. But if we hadn't been there someone else would have filled that role. But we did so that's the way it happened.

MillValleyLit: You mean if the Brotherhood was not there, Sand and Scully would have done something on their own?

MR: The first distributors were the Hell’s Angels. And then Ram Das.... I'm not going to go any further than that. I have to be careful because I don't want to say anything that... But connections were made and they came to us. They didn't want to work with Hells Angels so much. The Hell's Angels... and you’ve heard of the Diggers?

MillValleyLit: Yes, I’ve interviewed Peter Coyote about his Digger days in the Haight, and about his mentor/partner, Emmet Grogan, so I know a bit about the Hell’s Angel role.

MR: You know some of the Hell’s Angels got turned on to acid and it changed their life. And some of them turned on and it didn’t change their life; there’s not a guarantee. It depends on your insights. And the Angel’s started feeding hungry people.

MillValleyLit: So, it turned some of them around. And they were bad ass. Yes, the Diggers and their enlightened Angels friends were collecting and serving food to the influx of runaways and hippies that San Francisco government didn’t know what to do with. Kind of like now - San Francisco seems to be lost about the homeless and street people. On the flip side, what's on your insights on the negative impacts of LSD?

MR: It has a positive effect on most. At one of our showings, I think it was in Austin at the South by Southwest Film Festival where they were showing the documentary about us, Orange Sunshine. We took questions and answers on stage after the film and somebody asked, “Do you feel guilty about people that took LSD and had bad trips and came to harm?” And I said, “Of course, absolutely we do. We all do.”  

MillValleyLit: The best known one was Diane Linkletter, Art Linkletter’s daughter. Everyone loved Art Linkletter, so it was even more shocking to straight society.

MR: Most of the stories really aren't true to begin with and the ones that are true - are multiplied in the news. Multiplied so much that it seems like more than what it is.

MillValleyLit: Right! That story that Diane Linkletter was on LSD and thought she could fly - people still believe that today, although it has been repeatedly debunked and the tox report was negative for LSD. Art Linkletter led a media anti-drug frenzy.

MR: And let’s talk about alcohol here while we’re talking about bad consequences. Like John Perry Barlow said recently, not long before he passed away, that alcohol, prescription drugs and tobacco harm more Americans every day than LSD has since it was first taken in 1943. And that’s a true factual statement. And LSD’s been villainized. It’s coming out now.

MillValleyLit: Look at heroin. People drop dead all the time. I just heard that there were 239 O.D. deaths in San Francisco last year. And the new stuff - there was a mass overdose, in a New Haven park last October from some bad synthetic cannabinoid, “spice” or “K2.” 70 people hospitalized.

MR: Right. And people used to say, “I’ve taken every drug there is.” Now with this new thing Fentanyl, and this shit I never heard of and don’t even know how to pronounce.

MillValleyLit: Weird stuff coming of China.

MR: Oh my god, China. Those fuckers! You know, nobody that ever made LSD was some greasy criminal. All of them, all of them, have been spiritual people that I’ve ever known, and I’ve known a lot. There was never really that many back in the day, only a few of them, and we just happened to be the biggest and the best. We worked the hardest, too. We did not make money on it, either. We barely broke even. You’ve seen the movie, the drug dealers are driving sports cars, and we’re driving old pickup trucks. 

MillValleyLit: And to finance the LSD operation, is that why you got into the marijuana /hashish smuggling?

MR: Yes. Well, no. We had already been doing that. But we used the money from that to finance the LSD. And that was one of our big motivations to keep doing it and doing it and doing it. Everything I pretty much earned from that, and it was quite a bit of money, went to making acid. And when you do things on a big scale, and we did, and we did things on an international scale...

MillValleyLit: Huge. That blows my mind, the enormous hutzpah, the size and ambition ...

MR: And the laboratories we created were not done in someone’s garage. We had...

MillValleyLit: Official labs, with real brilliant scientists....

MR: Yes, with PhD’s running the whole thing. And some were very famous. We had some very famous people working with us. I met Albert Hoffman twice. He endorsed our endeavors and even gave us a few tips. He knew we were doing it for the right reason. He had some very spiritual writings. He took acid all of his life. He never did quit taking LSD.

MillValleyLit: I don’t believe I’ve read his work.

MR: He wrote a couple of books and he wrote many articles, essays for newspapers, magazines or journals. They are brilliant and beautiful and spiritual. He was a trip. Albert Hoffman was a boxer, and a bodybuilder. Not the little...

MillValleyLit: ... little spindly Einstein-looking character. (both laugh) Albert Huxley I have read. I know he took acid as he died.

MR: Oh yes. I’m going to do that, too.

MillValleyLit: That would be interesting. So, let’s get into Leary and the beginnings of your operation. Your group’s leader, John Griggs, he went to Millbrook, New York to meet with Leary. When he came back your group came up with a premise that drug would usher in a spiritual awakening?

MR: We already had that figured-out way before we met Timothy Leary. I'll tell you one thing. We were not disciples of Timothy Leary. Timothy Leary was actually, if truth be known, more of a disciple of John Griggs than the other way around. Timothy was in awe of John Griggs. John was a very special, deep spiritual being. He came here for such a short time and had such a deep impact and then left. He died at 25-26 years old. Timothy said that John Griggs was the holiest man he had ever met. And he was right about that.

 

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Notes:

*Lennon wrote "Come Together" for Leary's political campaign song, according to his Playboy interview, two days before his assassination.

**http://www.lulu.com/shop/michael-and-carol-randall/the-Brotherhood-of-eternal-love-a-psychedelic-guide/paperback/product-22139474.html

***Krassner wrote that, “the acid with which Ram Dass, in his final moments as Dick Alpert, failed to get his guru higher was the same acid that I had the honor of taking with Groucho Marx.” Originally in February 1981 issue of High Times. "I Dropped Acid with Groucho" - Paul Krassner.

 

 

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Recent MillValleyLit interviews include:

DeLorean Auto CFO Walter Strycker, Anne R. Dick, Lyle Tuttle, Catherine Coulter, David Harris, Tom Barbash, T.C. Boyle, Louis B. Jones, Peter Coyote, James Dalessandro, Michelle Richmond, Beat expert\biographer\poet Gerald Nicosia, rockin' writer Deborah Grabien, audiobook narrators Simon Vance and Paul Costanzo.

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Interview with the Publisher & Editor-in-chief of The MILL VALLEY LITERARY REVIEW

Whenceforth MillValleyLit?

J. Macon King with BFF Ducati Supersport S at Dillon Beach alien rocks.

John Macon King is Publisher of The MILL VALLEY LITERARY REVIEW. John wrote and directed for Rhubarb Revue Theatre and his writing and short stories has been featured in the Marin IJ, San Francisco Marina Times, San Francisco's Beat Museum and various magazines. He is co-founder of Gerstle Park Writers Salon, member of Marin Poetry Center, and a charter member of Live Poet Society. He has a reputation as a poet, but has written two novels and several screenplays he is saving to become an overnight success.

He has given numerous prose and poetry readings at the Mill Valley Depot Café, as well as Copperfield's, Book Club of California, the Sweetwater, Mill Valley Outdoor Art Club, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Words Off Paper, Novato City Hall, Sausalito Women’s Club, The Seahorse, West Point Inn, Bolinas Community Center.

Q. What was your background for this literary venture?

A. I have always enjoyed a passion for reading, writing and the creative community. While earning a Creative Arts degree I worked in a library and then as a manager at the bustling SFSU bookstore. In Marin I found a niche as a marketing consultant for LucasArts and basked in the creativity at Skywalker Ranch. I revived the Rhubarb Revue community theater, after its seven year closure, to encourage regular folks to take to the stage and perform along with seasoned performers. This same concept I applied to MillValleyLit - mixing emerging and established writers. The Rhubarb is N. California's longest running variety show and has sprung off an annual Murder Mystery Play. The theatre continue to be a venue for local writers and talent. http://tamvalley.org/rhubarb2018.shtml

Q. You have had previous experience with community newspapers and web sites?

A. Yes. Four friends and I created an underground newspaper in high school when our work was censored in the school paper. This was small town midwest in the early 70's, and the paper and our audaciousness were very controversial. No students had ever done that in the entire school district. We had freshmen passing them out at the Homecoming Parade. The principal grilled the prime suspects and really wanted to expell us, but he couldn't prove it was us. Emboldened, we printed two or three more issues. Ironically, the bigger secret was we were printing them at a local church. A sympathetic minister believed in our 1st Ammendment rights. The premier issue was called "The Dove" (you know, anti-Vietnam) and then we changed the name to "The Cynic," I suppose more properly reflecting our bad attitude. At our 20th high school reunion teachers and classmates were still talking about it.

With that depth of experience ; ) I was hired as a humor columnist for the San Francisco Marina Times. As Tam Valley Improvement Club VP, I became Editor in Chief for The Progress TVIC newsletter which at times went to over 2,500 homes in Tam Valley. After negotiating with Marin County to assume the name and site, we launched www.tamvalley.org as our site. It was really the first neighborhood web site, way before Nextdoor, etc. I soon gave up on expensive paper, printing and mailings.

Q. Have you participated in other groups?

A. I took several writing seminars including Syd Field and Robert McKee. McKee's was a huge group, but a handful of us went to lunch with him every day of the seminar. I knew the Van Ness\Polk (SF) area well so I helped pick the spots. That was fantastic. For a number of years I was the only male in an engaging Mill Valley book club. The women were supportive and interested in hearing a masculine perspective, which I did my best to uphold. MillValleyLit developed from all those experiences. 

Q. What other contributions have you made in the community?

A. Besides the Rhubarb Revue and TVIC, my community activities included Founder and Chair of T.V. Services District's Revitalization and Safety Commission, President of the Marin BNI Power Lunch of almost 50 entrepreneur business owners, Tam Valley School Technology Coordinator, and consultant to three successful local political campaigns.

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Press interviews and news:

San Francisco Magazine http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/the-literary-review-disrupted

Marin Magazine: "Local Literature" at top of page 30. Marin Magazine is available by subscription, on select newsstands, and a snazzy digital version at: http://digital.marinmagazine.com/marinmagazine/june_2013#pg1

Mill Valley Herald's front page interview with King: http://www.marinscope.com/mill_valley_herald/news/article_3329e140-8c20-11e2-91d0-001a4bcf887a.html

 Marin Independent Journal Paul Liberatore interviews King (no longer online).

Chess at 19 Broadway bar, Fairfax, CA

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