Bios A-Z

Tim’s family, friends, collaborators, volunteers, and other varieties.

This list is very incomplete and very much in progress. Please let us know if you should be on this list.

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John Perry Barlow
Bio Coming Soon!

Denis Berry (Trustee)
Bio Coming Soon!

Joey Cavella (original Retinalogic and Leary.com teams)
Joey has been called one of the “pioneers of internet design,” as he was one of the original members of the Leary.com web development team, which was chosen as People magazine’s “Cool Site of the Year,” in 1996, and also launched web sites such as nerve.com (which won a webby award in 2000) and sonicnet.com.

After releasing “How To Operate Your Brain,” a video Joey and his brother Chris Graves made with Timothy in 1993, the team turned to the web. At Dr. Leary’s request Joey and Chris moved their studio into Tim’s garage and began work scanning Timothy’s archives and building Timothy’s official home on the web, leary.com.

Leary.com became a cultural phenomenon when Tim announced a live, online “de-animation.” The site was one of the first websites to introduce a three-dimensional site navigation. With photographs of Dr. Leary’s actual house, a virtual walkthrough of the house was created where books and archived documents could be found in the library, videos on the tv etc. (Leary.com now, Leary.com then)

Joey is now a freelance web developer in New York.

Ed Craig (Mind Mirror Co-Developer/Publisher)
Edward Craig is publishing Timothy Leary’s Mind Mirror on the Web, in partnership with the original software developers, Bob Dietz and Peter Van den Bleemt.

Edward met Timothy Leary in 1985, when Timothy performed a demonstration of Mind Mirror at a software store Edward managed. Pursuant to a lifelong interest in psychology and software applications, he is pleased to offer Mind Mirror to the public in a new, multi-user, social-networked version with advanced database and data modeling capabilities.

Ed’s major career experience has been in the computer products and Internet industries, where he has worked with storefront retailers, systems integrators, support and support vendors, distributors, publishers, and manufacturers. He founded Quicksilver Mirror LLC to publish innovative software for psychological applications, such as Mind Mirror.

Bruce Damer (Curator, Digibarn Computer Museum, Virtual Worlds
Pioneer, and agent for the Futique Trust)
Bruce Damer is a leading expert in the subject of Avatars, the representation of people in 2D and 3D graphical Cyberspace worlds. In the mid 1990s he formed the Contact Consortium, the first organization and conference dedicated to the subject and authored the first book “Avatars!”.

In the past several years Bruce has headed up DigitalSpace, a company which now provides NASA with 3D modeling and visualization for the future of space exploration. Bruce and his wife Galen Brandt live on a farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains where they host a hippie bus art and music studio and stage performances, raise pot bellied pigs and house a large vintage computer collection in their barn called the DigiBarn Computer Museum.

Bob Dietz (Mind Mirror Developer)
Bio coming soon!

Robert Forte (Author/Researcher/Collaborator)
Robert Forte studied the history and psychology of religion at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago and has taught at the University of California Santa Cruz. He served on the board of directors of the Albert Hofmann Foundation, and is the editor of Entheogens and the Future of Religion and Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In.


J.P. Goguen
Bio Coming Soon!

Chris Graves (original Retinalogic and Leary.com teams)
Chris Graves was a founding member of the Leary.com web development team and the Retinalogic video production team. He worked with Joey Cavella, Camilla Grace, and Joi Ito, with funding from Digital Garage, to create the award winning 1996 website that was the first of its kind in so many ways. (Leary.com now, Leary.com then)

Michael Horowitz (Tim’s Personal Archivist and Bibliographer)
Michael co-founded the Fitz Hugh Ludlow Memorial Library (FHLML on wikipedia), the world’s first library exclusively devoted to psychoactive plants and drugs. He and his partner, Cynthia Palmer, edited two anthologies: Moksha: Aldous Huxley’s Writings on Psychedelics and Visionary Experience, and Sisters of the Extreme: Women’s Writings on the Drug Experience.

Michael operates Flashback Books, a mail-order business specializing in rare drug literature and the ’60s counterculture. Michael first met Timothy in 1970, and was his archivist, bibliographer, editor and friend. He and Vicki Marshall edited Leary’s late writings and talks, Chaos & Cyber Culture, and, with Karen Walls and Billy Smith, An Annotated Bibliography of Timothy Leary.

Todd Huffman (Advisory Board)
Todd Huffman is a technologist and lifelong Leary admirer, manifesting in his involvement in various Leary-esque projects. He has done research on the nature of cognition and sensory perception, is an advisor to the life-extension research of the Methuselah Foundation, contributed to the Whole Brain Emulation Roadmap, worked in cryonics, develops new hypertextualization interfaces, and promotes the free exchange of ideas with the BIL Conference.

Joi Ito (Advisory Board, Tim’s Godson)
Bio Coming Soon!

Ron Lawrence (Collaborator/Friend)
Independent Macintosh consultant, musician, filmmaker; Timothy’s friend and Macintosh tutor, mentor; assistant and personal handyman. Worked extensively with Vicki Marshall in helping to restart, organize and maintain the Leary archives.

Co-owned, with Vicki Marshall, a small Macintosh consulting and desktop publishing company called Knoware, which published “Timothy Leary’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1″ in 1990 and made Leary publication, software and music available by mail order (1990-2000).

Zach Leary (Tim’s Son)

Note: Although Tim always referred to Zach as his “son,” Zach was technically Tim’s stepson. Zach’s mother, Barbara Chase, married Tim in 1977, when Zach was 4 years old.

Raised on an Apple II+ and lots of video games, Zach found himself immersed in all things digital at a very young age, thanks to Tim’s early vision of computers and their effect on human potential.

After the mid 90s success that was Leary.com, Zach went on to successful career in the digital marketing arts. Part of Zach’s initial journey found him working in the middle of some great “dot- bombs” including Whatshothow.com and iFuse.com. Soon after, Zach spent many years at the digital marketing helm for such brands as Apple, Playboy, Daimler/Chrysler, Fox, Mars Inc., and Energizer.

After 4 years of working on Apple at TBWA\Chiat\Day, Zach took his talents to an entirely new venue – the music business. The complex 21st century music business is in a constant state of reinvention which, is exactly what Zach was looking for. His deep love for music, technology and marketing resulted in co-founding an independent marketing company called PKZ, Inc. PKZ is set up to service bands with their marketing needs either in the label structure or out; their first clients are Coldplay and Depeche Mode.

Zach studied Jazz at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Vicki Marshall (Personal Assistant, Collaborator, Friend and More!)
Chaos manager, writer, editor; co-owner of a small Macintosh consulting and desktop publishing company called KnoWare, which published “Timothy Leary’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1″ in 1990 and made Leary publications and software available by mail order (1990-2000); originator of Timothy’s “Just Say KNOW” campaign; served as Timothy’s editor, collaborator, archivist (1988-2000), administrative coordinator, personal assistant and primary health-care coordinator; served as administrative coordinator for the Leary Estate and Futique Trust (1996-2000). Organized the entire Leary archives into a comprehensive database and catalog which is still in use today.

Dean Metzger (Coordinator/Promotion)
Dean spent his twenties as a successful business man but became dissatisfied with working for money only. So, in 1974, he retired from classical business, traveled and studied various disciplines, and specialized in having fun for ten years.

Dean produced and directed the very first Harley Davidson Television Commercials. His next film project involved major Rock and Roll stars and a unique treatment for heroin addiction. As a result of the film, Dean had the opportunity to participate in the field of medical research. He would stay on that project for ten years. From there he entered the field of biophysics, where he stayed for the next ten years.

Due to a serious accident, he became a talk show producer/host on KNRY in Monterey CA. While in Monterey, he met Richard Andolesen, the owner and curator of the John Steinbeck Museum, in Pacific Grove CA. For the next nine years, Dean worked on various projects for the Museum and was left in control of the infrastructure of the museum after Dr. Andolesens passing.

He has been working with the estate for the last four years helping in various areas of development.


Ralph Metzner (Psychologist/Researcher/Collaborator)
Bio coming soon!
Lisa Rein (Digital Librarian/Webmaster)
Lisa Rein is the Digital Librarian for the Timothy Leary Futique Trust. In 1995, while Lisa was visiting Tim in his home, he told Lisa his dream of having his personal archives digitized, searchable, and accessible to everyone online. Now, almost 12 years after Tim’s death, she is working with the Futique Trust to fulfill Tim’s dream.

Lisa was the Text and Graphics Editor for one of Tim’s last published works, the graphic novel “Surfing the Conscious Nets.” She is a co-founder of Creative Commons, and was its first CTO. She received her BA and MA from San Francisco State’s Broadcast Communication Electronic Arts Department, and is a frequent lecturer there on copyright, fair use, social networking, web media and culture, digital archiving, virtual worlds and artificial intelligence.

Andrew Rondeau
Andrew was born into Catholic family in Central Massachusetts. Starting at a young age, he always had a fascination with technology; especially computers. With a little help from his father, Andrew taught himself to program shortly before his 11th birthday. As a teenager, Andrew ran a popular dial-up BBS called “The Z” in Worcester Massachusetts. The discussions on his BBS and others prompted him to learn to see through propaganda and how establishments manipulate us into believing misrepresentations to be true. This lead Andrew to study the flaws in the American drug war and also invoked his disillusion with contemporary American religion.

Andrew indulged his interests in technology, religion, and fact seeking when he entered college at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science, built his first set of speakers, experimented with meditation, and alternate techniques of quickly inducing a meditative state of mind.
After college, Andrew came to appreciate Tim’s life when he read “Start Your Own Religion” and “Musings on Human Metamorphosis.” He seeks to facilitate online communities through his current project, http://asumaku.com; and real-life communities of people who wish to establish shared culture and tradition.

Douglas Rushkoff (Author, Collaborator, Friend of Tim)
Douglas Rushkoff is the author of a dozen best-selling books on media, technology, and society, including “Media Virus,” “Cyberia,” and “Life Inc.”

He has hosted Frontline documentaries, written hundreds of articles, teaches Media Studies at the New School and now has his own radio show, The Media Squat on WFMU.

Douglas and Tim became friends in the 1980′s, working together on articles about virtual reality and consciousness in cyberspace. Douglas acted as Tim’s literary agent in order to keep some funds coming into the house during the last year of Tim’s life, and put together the project “Design for Dying.”

Donna Scott (Trustee)
Bio Coming Soon!

Hassan I Sirius (Editor, Leary On Drugs)
Hassan I Sirius is a 32-year-old San Franciscan who edited “Leary On Drugs,” a new collection from Re/Search Publications. . In another life, he works for an investment banking firm. His bosses do not suspect his alternative predilections.

Hassan worked as a freelance editor in his early twenties. He stole his nom de guerre from one of RU Sirius’s books, in which RU referred to “my great and terrible brother Hassan I Sirius.”

R.U. Sirius (Author, Advisory Board Member)
RU Sirius is former Editor-In-Chief of the legendary counter/technoculture magazine, Mondo 2000 and current editor of h+, a pdf based magazine published by Humanity+.

He coauthored Design For Dying with Timothy Leary and wrote an introduction for the recent Re/Search release, “Leary On Drugs.” He also wrote an intro for one of the many reissues of Dr. Leary’s “The Politics of Ecstasy.”

He has written hundreds of articles for mainstream and alternative publications and has been a columnist for ARTFORUM International, San Francisco Examiner, and Wired News. Other books include “Mondo 2000: A User’s Guide to the New Edge” with Rudy Rucker; “Cyberpunk Handbook” with St. Jude; “Counterculture Through The Ages” with Dan Joy; and True Mutations: Conversations on the Edge of Science, Technology and Consciousness.”