Fans of Tom Wolfe's The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, will be excited to hear that there is a project underway to resurrect the original Furthur bus which carted Ken Kesey and the The Merry Pranksters around the country. Never heard of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test? It is probably the manual on the origins of hippie counter culture which developed in the 1960's and chronicles the real life adventures of Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and orchestrator of the legendary "Acid Tests," parties involving music, sex, and drugs which were frequented by the likes of famous poet Allen Ginsberg and The Greatful Dead. In the book, Kesey takes the experiments on the road with a group of friends called the Merry Pranksters, and their transportation was a bus called "Furthur."
Furthur left a lasting impression on the Grateful Dead and it is now the name of whats left of the group, now led by Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Back to the bus, the resurrection project is being administered by the Furthur Down The Road Foundation, led by Kesey's children Stephanie and Zane. The organization has started an online crowdfunding campaign to help raise money. Donations are being excepted in any quantity, and special thanks are given to those contribute more than $25, which will get a thank you via Facebook. Those contributing more $100 get a personal e-mail and over $250 get a mention on the site which has yet to go up. Call me crazy but I think there a lot of people out there who'd prefer to receive a limited edition t-shirt, musical collection from the Dead archive, or a ride on the finished bus! At any rate, those interested in donating can check it out at the GoFundMe website.