Years ago (back in the 1980s) I lived in Southern California. Being an avid listener to KPFK’s “Something’s Happening” one of the regulars was Terrance McKenna: and Ethno-Botanist who spoke long and glowingly about his trips into the Amazon and his research of various ideas that involved 2012, the I Ch’ing, Mushrooms, DNA, the Mayans and a host of other ideas. In the course of listening to these late night broadcasts I created and amulet the closely resembles mushrooms growing into a peace sign.
In the early Nineties Terrace visited the Bodi Tree in Los Angeles: a very large alternative bookstore. My Buddy Russ and our Ladies visited the store to pay our respects, however due to other issues the connection wasn’t made.
Late in the Nineties I attended Starwood where Terrance offered lectures. I was honored with a visit to my booth that the Man Himself. After examining my work I presented him with a copy of the Peaceful Mushroom Amulet as a “thank you” for the hundreds of hours of lectures I was able to listen to the KPFK.
“My God!” he exclaimed. “The usual response I get from folks is: ‘I taped them from the radio and gave them to all my friends!’” then he laughed.
Although I never saw him again (he passed away some years after that) the thing that struck me about him was his laugh: infectious, kind and full hearted. When I make the amulet, I can almost hear his guffaw.