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June 6, 2008
Skulls and roses, wine and the Web
Poster artists Alton Kelley, left, and Stanley (Miller) Mouse, right, in this 1967 photo provided to AP by Evolutionary Media Group. Kelley died June 1 at 67 from complications of osteoporosis. Among Kelley's work, the iconic skull and roses motif for the Grateful Dead. More Kelley posters.
Alton Kelley Dies; Psychedelic Artist -- Courant.com
Summer of Love: 40 Years Later: Alton Kelley. His entry in the Personal Stories archive -- which reads like a transcript of his end of a phone conversation -- was published May 20 in the San Francisco Chronicle.
Appreciation: Alton Kelley put Bay Area's psychedelic music scene into pictures. Tony Hicks in the Contra Costa Times.
Kelley in 2007, part of an LA Times slideshow of the artist and some of his work.
How one goes from a longhaired hippie artist to a balding, white-haired genial grandpa is on my mind a lot now.
I'm going to my 40th college reunion this weekend, my first-ever reunion. Some of the names on the list of those coming evoke images of young women i once knew, images frozen in 1968.
I half expect to find my own young self there, hurrying off to class or to Cambridge. If I do, I intend to buttonhole her and tell her a thing or two about the roads not to take, no matter what. I wonder if she would listen to me?
Fights fat, aging and tastes good, too: Red wine stops effects of high-fat diet - The Telegraph has France envy:
Red wine does indeed explain why the French get away with a relatively clean bill of heart health despite eating a diet loaded with saturated fats, concludes a new study.
People living in France have a much lower incidence of coronary heart disease than those in Britain, despite their similar intake of saturated fats - a phenomenon known as the "French paradox".
I do remember hearing that French models were famous for staying slim on foie gras, red wine and salad.
The Times yesterday (New Hints Seen That Red Wine May Slow Aging ) quoted an aptly named Dr. Weindruch of the U. of Wisconsin, "...a mere four, five-ounce glasses of wine 'starts getting close' to the amount of resveratrol they found effective."
A bottle of wine is 750 ml, or 25.36 oz. so 20 oz. should leave you pretty tipsy by bedtime.
Saved for later:
An Oral History of the Internet: How the Web Was Won at Vanity Fair.
The Reality Tests: "A team of physicists in Vienna has devised experiments that may answer one of the enduring riddles of science: Do we create the world just by looking at it?" At Seed.
If I'm very patient and awake and attentive, and read slowly, I think I could understand quantum physics from this story.
Posted by Sheila Lennon at 1:52 AM | Permalink
Sheila, report back on the reunion. My 40th was last year and it was tempting to do it for the first time, but. (I was totally out of contact with anyone from college until a classmate set up a yahoo groups message board, and now we share info all the time.) I recently read Rebels in White Gloves about the Wellesley class of '68, have you? Amazing, amazing book.
I embroidered Alton Kelley's skulls and roses -- twice -- on the backs of denim jackets in the mid-70s. Both masterpieces, both stolen. Bummer.
Posted by: Liz Donovan on June 6, 2008 11:43 AM
Liz, I've never read the book -- but I get the idea.
Butterflies, don't know why I'm doing this -- curiousity, probably. I'm bringing the family.
Posted by: Sheila Lennon on June 6, 2008 8:19 PM