A New York Times op-ed piece strains to make a connection
It's true that John Markoff's What the Dormouse Said (Penguin, 2005) quotes Steve Jobs as saying that taking LSD was "one of the two or three most important things he has done in his life."
And it's true that Augustus Owsley Stanley III, who died in a car accident last Sunday in Australia at age 76, manufactured and sold more than 1.25 million doses of high-quality lysergic acid diethylamide before the U.S. criminalized the hallucinogenic drug in 1968.
But to suggest that Owsley was the Steve Jobs of LSD, as Michael Walker does in Saturday's New York Times, seems a bit much.
On the paper's op-ed page, Walker, the author of Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock 'n' Roll's Legendary Neighborhood (Faber & Faber, 2010) draws several comparisons between Apple's (AAPL) co-founder and LSD's most famous underground manufacturer:
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