Owsley Stanley

Owsley Stanley (born Augustus Owsley Stanley III on January 19, 1935) was a maverick in every sense of the word, and he was either a genius or a dangerous threat to society (or both), depending on one’s point of view. Chiefly known as the first private citizen to manufacture mass quantities and strains of LSD in the early '60s, Stanley -- affectionately known as Bear to his friends -- also almost single-handedly developed the modern notion of concert PAs and sound systems through his pioneering engineering and sound work with the Grateful Dead. Coming from a prominent Kentucky family known for its politicians (his father was a government attorney, and his grandfather and namesake, A. Owsley Stanley, served as governor of the state, as did another relative, William Owsley, back in the 19th century), Stanley was clearly intended for other things.