Robert Gordon Wasson September 22, 1898 – December 23, 1986
R. Gordon Wasson. 1st International Conference on Hallucinogenic Mushrooms. 1976. Photo: Linda Deer
The Sacred Mushroom Seeker, by Reidlinger.
DeWitt Peterkin, retired vice president in charge of domestic lending, joined J.P. Morgan & Co. in 1937. Gordon was already there, initially as a credit banker. He soon proved himself “a great person for putting together the background and history” of Morgan’s accounts, recalled Peterkin.
In subsequent years, Gordon’s role as a credit banker gave way to new responsibilities. Eventually, as vice president, he would up in charge of “communications, public relations—that sort of thing,” recalled Peterkin. Personal contact with overseas clients was part of the job.
“Unbeknownst to most people, we for many years were one of the bankers for the Vatican,” Peterkin said. “And Gordon used to have private audiences with the Pope.” Though he could not recall which particular Pope [?], other sources later told me it had been Pius XII – and that Gordon had not liked him much.
According to Peterkin, no preview copy of Gordon’s life article had made the rounds within the bank before publication. But his colleaques reportedly took it in stride when they finally saw it. […]
Asked if he thought it incongruous that Gordon had been studying hallucinogenic mushrooms while employed as a Morgan banker, Peterkin answered, sincerely:
“Oh no, because people had their avocations and their hobbies. We had mountain climbers, skiers; a little bit of everything. Mushrooms are a little more esoteric than most things, but Gordon had a very inquiring mind.”
I got a similar reaction from another of Gordon’s bank colleagues, James Brugger, who had started with Morgan in 1954 and retired after serving many years as a public relations manager. He had not known Gordon’s interest in mushrooms until the eve of publication of the Life magazine article.
– Reidlinger, “A Latecomer’s View of R. Gordon Wasson”, in Sacred Mushroom Seeker, 1990, p. 210
Excerpt from Seeking The Magic Mushroom, Life Magazine, May 13, 1957:
It was a walk in the woods, many years ago, that launched my wife and me on our quest of the mysterious mushroom. We were married in London in 1926, she being Russian, born and brought up in Moscow. She had lately qualified as a physician at the University of London. I am from Great Falls, Montana of Anglo-Saxon origins. In the late summer of 1927, recently married, we spent our holiday in the Catskill Mountains in New York state. In the afternoon of the first day we went strolling along a lovely mountain path, through woods criss-crossed by the slanting rays of a descending sun. We were young, carefree and in love. Suddenly my bride abandoned my side. She had spied wild mushrooms in the forest, and racing over the carpet of dried leaves in the woods, she knelt in poses of adoration before first one cluster and then another of these growths. In ecstasy she called each kind by an endearing Russian name. She caressed the toadstools, savored their earthy perfume. Like all good Anglo-Saxons, I knew nothing about the fungal world and felt that the less I knew about those putrid, treacherous excrescences the better. For her they were things of grace, infinitely inviting to the perceptive mind. She insisted on gathering them, laughing at my protests, mocking my horror. She brought a skirtful back to the lodge. She cleaned and cooked them. That evening she ate them, alone. Not long married, I thought to wake up the next morning a widower.
These dramatic circumstances, puzzling and painful for me, made a lasting impression on us both. From that day on we sought an explanation for this strange cultural cleavage separating us in a minor area of our lives…
~ R. Gordon Wasson
Wasson's connection to the CIA and CFR (from Richard Grove):
Bruce Campbell Adamson - (Contacted 11-25-2009)
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“Promptly at five—the cocktail hour, I suppose—Tim, driving Flo and Maynard’s white Jaguar, picked me up. In a moment we were heading uptown to Gordon Wasson’s apartment. On the way Tim told me that Wasson had graduated from Columbia’s School of Journalism, then worked for newspapers as a financial writer, and in the thirties was hired by the J.P. Morgan Company. “Sandoz was a client. That’s how Mr. Wasson became a director,” Tim concluded the biographical information, then hurried on. “I keep him posted on everything. I want his guidance on what to do next. Sandoz has invested a lot of money in psilocybin research without getting one penny back. Of course, Mr. Wasson’s more aware of this than anyone. He’s a banker. In other ways, he’s farther out than any of us. Wait till you read his stuff.” [underline – mine]
~ B.H. Friedman, Tripping, page 48.
It is clear that his [Wasson’s] motivations became more complex, and more muddied, once he had actually eaten the mushrooms in 1955. Thereafter, his banker’s instincts seem to have taken over so that he came home with every intention of profiting from his discoveries. In a shrewd move, he had already acquired the rights to all of Allan Richardson’s photos, in exchange for funding the photographer’s travel and subsistence costs. But within months of returning he had a meeting with top executives of the Merck Sharp & Dohme pharmaceutical company to discuss rights to the mushrooms’ potential active ingredients. …it was Albert Hofmann’s team at Sandoz in Basle who eventually isolated psilocybin and psilocin, but nevertheless, when Sandoz put its patented brand Indocybin on the market, Wasson appears to have been rewarded for his part in its discovery with a directorship of one of its American subsidiaries. [underline – mine]
~ Andy Letcher, Shroom
One more source to Wasson as CIA: Mind Control and UFOs: Casebook on Alternative 3, By Jim Keith.Pg. 98.
“In his biography, Leary seems less than forthcoming about the large number of his friends who have been CIA, OSS, and members of the Council on Foreign Relations/Eastern Establishment. These include Harry Murray (OSS chief psychologist), Robert Gordon Wasson (vice president of J.P. Morgan & Co.), Martin Orne (“a brilliant CIA-funded consciousness researcher…sometimes to be seen in our kitchen drinking coffee and asking intelligent questions about the relationship of drug states to hypnosis”), and socialite Mary Pinchot Meyer, who had been married to top level CIA agent Cord Meyer, Jr., and who may have been assassinated because of her knowledge of the hit.”
(Be sure to also quote page 99).
In his workshop Ross offered the names of some of the more
insidious doctors and the institutions which supported them. At
the top of the list was Dr. George Estabrooks who, in 1950 wrote:
"I can hypnotize a man -- without his knowledge or consent --
into committing treason against the United States." Ross
described Estabrooks as a pivotal figure in the cryptocracy's
mind-control research. He drew an elaborate map connecting
Estabrooks to the CIA's MKULTRA research, the FBI and other
agencies. Then, he named the following professionals as part of
the mind control conspiracy: William C. Hollinger, L. Wilson
Green, Richard Ofshe (Sociologist), James Hamilton, Harold
Abramson, Carl Pfeiffer, Louis Jolyon West (Psychiatrist UCLA),
Carl Rogers, Martin T. Orne, George White (Army Col, CIA, BNDD),
Maitland Baldwin, Harold Wolff, Raymond Prince (Mass. General
Hospital), R. Gordon Wasson (stock broker and mycologist
mushroom expert), John Mulholland (magician), B.F. Skinner
(Harvard Behaviorist), Garner Murphy (Harvard), E.R. Hilgard
(member of DSM IV Dissociative Disorders Committee), Ron Shore
(collaborator with Martin Orne) Milton Erickson (Psychiatrist and
inspiration for Neurolinguistics Programming), Daniel X.
Friedman (Editor of Archives of the Journal of Psychiatry
1970-1993), Allen Dulles (Director CIA 1953-1961), Loretta
Bender, Paul Hawk (psychiatrist who killed Harold Blauer in 1953
with an inject of supposed mescaline), Robert White (Harvard), J.
Edgar Hoover (Director of the FBI), John Gittinger (CIA
psychologist), Robert Lifton (psychiatrist and well-known author),
Margaret Singer (psychologist, author of "Cults in Our Midst"),
Paul McHugh (Chairman of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins), James
Whitehorn (former Chairman of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins and
advisor of the Human Ecology Foundation with Top Secret
Clearance), Harold Lief (advisor of the False Memory Syndrome
Foundation), Colston Westbrook (CIA Psy-War expert who worked at
Vacaville Prison with prisoners such as Donald Defreeze and
Timothy Leary), Robert Heath (doing brain electrode implant
research at Tulane), Francisco Silva (Cuban psychiatrist who
allegedly put Lee Harvey Oswald up in his home and got him a job
at the hospital where Silva worked prior to the assassination),
Mark Sweet (collaborator with L.J. West for the UCLA Violence
Project), Wagner Joreg (son of Wagner Joreg who won the Nobel
Prize for treating syphilis with malaria), Amadeo Morazzi (LSD
researcher at the University of Minnesota), Gregory Bateson,
Allen Ginsburg, Ken Kesey, Sydney Mallett, and the list goes on.
Ross linked dozens of institutions to the research which, he
said he suspects, is still going on in one form or another. Among
the institutions he reeled off the top of his head were: Butler
Hospital Health Center (part of Harvard), Children's International
Summer Village, Columbia University, Cornell University, Denver
University, Emory College, Florida University, George Washington
University, Harvard University, Houston University, Illinois
University, Indiana University, Johns Hopkins University, Eli
Lilly Pharmaceuticals, University of Minnesota, New Jersey
Reformatory, Bordentown in Tennessee, Ohio University, University
of Pennsylvania, Penn State University, Princeton University,
Stanford University, Wisconsin University, University of Texas,
University of Oklahoma, McGill, the National Institute of Health,
the National Institute of Mental Health, the New Jersey
Psychiatric Research Institute, National Philosophical Society,
Office of Naval Research, Worcester Foundation for Experimental
Biology, Vacaville State Prison, Public Health Service, Cornell,
Bureau of Narcotics, Bureau of Prisons, and many others.
"You get the idea," Ross said. Then, the well-prepared
researcher gave a litany of declassified code names under which
many of these atrocities occurred: MKULTRA, MKSEARCH, MKNAOMI,
ARTICHOKE, BLUEBIRD, STARGATE, CHATTER, OFTEN, CHICKWIT,
DERBYHAT, THIRD CHANCE, MKDELTA, QK HILLTOP and others.
Walter Bowart - MindNet Journal - Vol. 1, No. 94
Jay Stevens, Storming heaven p. 77 - Wasson meats Al Hubbard, Humphry Osmond, and Aldous Huxley. - We know he was already working with Huxley at the Century - by the recording.
Aldous knew Andrija Puharich - from Carlos Castaneda, Academic Opportunism and the Psychedelic Sixties, P. 34 by Jay Fikes.
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