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Robert Anton Wilson Day ~!!

Posted by invizweb on July 23, 2008

The Good Times‘ Laurel Chesky reported on July 31, 2003:

Mayor declares a special day to honor local author/philosopher

The date of July 23 has special significance for Robert Anton Wilson. It was on July 23, 1973 that Wilson received a message from an extraterrestrial from the planet Sirius. Or maybe, he says, it was a 6-foot-tall white rabbit in County Kerry, Ireland. Or maybe he was just tripping on acid. (Wilson also notes that on July 23, 1973, Monica Lewinsky was born.)

Thirty years later, a giddy Mayor Emily Reilly officially declared July 23, 2003 as “Robert Anton Wilson Day” in the city of Santa Cruz.

The mayor read her proclamation before a packed house at the Rio Theatre on Soquel Avenue. A crowd had gathered there to see the world premiere of the documentary film, Maybe Logic – The Lives and Ideas of Robert Anton Wilson. The film, produced by deepleaf productions, is a retrospective of Wilson’s career as an author, conspiracy theorist, quantum physics philosopher and counterculture icon. Wilson lives in Capitola (or Live Oak or Santa Cruz, depending on your “reality tunnel,” as Wilson would say.)

One of the more humorous passages of the mayor’s proclamation reads: “Whereas Robert Anton Wilson employs wit and humor spanning five decades to resist the imperial schemes of national politicos, through such actions as daily e-mails to Attorney General John Ashcroft detailing his personal activities, thereby sparing government expense and trouble of keeping him under surveillance…”

After the mayor’s presentation, Wilson, in classic form, quipped: “I don’t deserve this. Then again, I have post polio, and I don’t deserve that either. So on with the show.”

Wilson suffers from post-polio syndrome, a disease that can strike polio survivors decades after they’ve recovered from polio. After contracting polio as a child, Wilson, 70, recovered from the disease and remained vibrant and able-bodied throughout his adulthood. Post-polio syndrome hit him a few years ago, and he is now mostly confined to a wheelchair.

Wilson eats pot brownies to relieve the pain in his legs. He was a client of the Wo/Man’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana (WAMM), before the Drug Enforcement Agency raided the collective’s farm near Davenport last September.

At a WAMM demonstration in October, where medical marijuana was given out on the steps of Santa Cruz City Hall, Wilson lambasted the feds for ignoring the Bill of Rights.

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