Hugh Romney used to work the Gaslight Cafe back in 1961 when things were really happening on MacDougal Street. Paul Krassner called him “the abstract Lenny Bruce.” He dropped out of New York for the greener pastures of California where he ran into Ken Kesey and joined the band of Merry Pranksters traveling with Kesey across the open road in the fully wired, intricately painted, International Harvester school bus named Furthur. Finally he wound up living on a mountain top tending a hog farm which was harassed by local Birchers for being too much fun. The following is his account of living with the Intergalactic World Brain which he affectionately calls “the puddin’.”
[Note: This is an interview with the co-founder of the White Panther Party and its Minister of Defense, Pun Plamondon. Pun is a fugitive of injustice, having been charged with three dope counts in Traverse City, Mich., Chicago, and New Jersey. He is, more significantly, charged with conspiracy to bomb the CIA office building in Ann Arbor, Mich., in October, 1968, along with Chairman John Sinclair and Jack Forrest, and is charged with the actual bombing. As a result of this, he recently had the extreme honor of making the FBI’s 10-most-wanted list, along with H. Rap Brown. He has been underground for over eight months and will continue to remain so—an outlaw making revolution in the Mother Country.]
Over 21,000 people turned out to hear Joe Tex, King Curtis, Sonny and Cher, Sam and Dave, the Rascals, and Aretha Franklin in a benefit concert for the Martin Luther King Memorial Fund, sponsored by Atlantic Records, June 23 at New York’s New Madison Square Garden.