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Michael Bowen-Artist Michael Bowen was instrumental in many of the key developments in the Haight-Ashbury He helped Allan Cohen turn his dream of a rainbow-colored newspaper into reality contributing art obtaining funding and even turning his apartment over to The Oracle for office use Michael along with the Oracle organized the Love Pageant Rally which was held to protest the outlawing of LSD on October 6 1966 Surprised at the larger than expected turnout he and others envisioned a much larger gathering a Human Be-In which would publicize this breaking new dawn on the cultural landscape Using his connections Michael arranged for Timothy Leary Allen Ginsberg and others to appear and organized publicity for this seminal event Allen Cohen-Allen Cohen was a young poet from New York drawn to the Haight-Ashbury by the prevailing bohemian spirit One night he dreamed of a psychedelic rainbow-colored newspaper which would be seen throughout the world With the support and funding of interested locals the first issue of The Oracle appeared on the streets of the Haight-Ashbury in September 1966 With its stunning split-fountain printing and psychedelic artwork The Oracle was one of the most beautiful newspapers ever printed At its peak over 100000 copies a month were printed and true to Allens dream it was indeed seen around the world Neil Cassidy-As the model for the non-stop Dean Moriarity in Jack Kerouacs On the Road the free-spirited Neil Cassady was already a legend by the time he met a young novelist named Ken Kesey in 1963 With his incredible energy and abilities Neil demonstrated to the Pranksters just what Furthur really meant Neils feats as the driver of the Magic Bus defied belief as did his ability to carry on multiple conversations simultaneously To those who knew him Neil was The fastest man alive a model of being versus doing Neil Jerry Garcia once saidwas unbelievable He was a true inspiration There really hasnt been anything
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