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Merry Prankster's 50th Anniversary Celebration ~ Photos by Terry Way

A rented house a on a large property in Soquel called "The Spread" was the location of what became known as the very first "Acid Test." Today, the Silver Spur restaurant sits kitty corner to the long gone Spread. This took place in November of 1965. Last week, this event and what transpired after was celebrated 50 years later by some of the original participants. Geoffrey Dunn wrote a Good times cover story that is well worth reading for anyone wanting to dive in a little deeper. Here are my photos from a fine evening in Felton celebrating the birth of the West Coast psychedelic counterculture.

Original Prankster Ken Babbs

Carolyn Garcia aka Mountain Girl

Carolyn with daughters Sunshine & Annabelle

Annabelle Garcia

Sunshine Kesey

Julius Karpen

Denise Kaufman aka Mary Microgram, Lee Quarnstrom, Julius Karpen and famaily

Denise & Roy Sebern

Roy Sebern

with even host John Leopold

George Walker, Denise, Roy, Babbs, author Geoffrey Dunn, Jami Cassady and John Leopold

Happy 80th to Julius!

Neal Cassady's daughter Jami

Merry Pranksters ~ left to right: Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia, Jami Cassady, Lee Quarnstrom, Roy Sebern, Julius Karpen,George Walker, Denise Kaufman, Linda Breen and Ken Babbs
Santa Cruz County Supervisor & event host John Leopold

Slugs & Roses

UCSC Grateful Dead Archive curator Nicholas Meriwether

George Walker

Roy Sebern

George flipping Neal Cassady's hammer and wearing his original Acid Test pants!

presenting Neal's hammer to daughter Jami Cassady

Soquel Ave bus stop unveling

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