Forty-five years ago today, on January 14th 1967, as many as thirty thousand people joined together in San Francisco’s Golden-Gate Park to ”Be”. Timothy Leary, in his first public appearance in San Francisco, told the crowd to "Turn on, tune in, drop out". Augustus Owsley Stanley III cooked up a batch of “White Lightning” LSD which was freely distributed.
Some say the “Summer of Love” started that winter afternoon, and lasted three years.
The organizer, Michael Bowen, had been enthralled by the city of San Francisco since during childhood trips when he vacationed there from LA with his mother’s lover Bugsy Siegel. Bowen and Siegel also traveled several times to Siegel’s Las Vegas Flamingo hotel. Perhaps Bowen’s choice of San Francisco over Las Vegas is one of the reasons why love is often treated differently in those two locations today.