Creator: Ken Kesey

Ken Kesey was a writer best known for penning One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (which was adapted into the award-winning film of the same name), as well as the less famous but equally lauded Pacific Northwestern epic, Sometimes a Great Notion (which was itself adapted into a film starring and directed by Paul Newman).

If that's all you know about Ken Kesey, though... you're in for a long, strange trip.

To some, Ken Kesey's crowning achievement is not the composition of two classic 20th century novels, but instead his leadership of the Merry Pranksters and his role in the spread of late-1960s psychedelianote . Ideal places to find information on the adventures of Kesey and the Pranksters are The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe, and to a lesser extent Hell's Angels by Hunter S. Thompson and the poem "First Party at Ken Kesey's with Hell's Angels" by Allen Ginsberg.

He was recently caricatured in Across the Universe as "Doctor Robert."

Tropes associated with him include:

  • Everybody Must Get Stoned
  • Hippie Bus: Kesey and the Merry Pranksters toured in a bus (actually several buses over the years), named 'Furthur', and helped to publicize the idea of hippies in converted schoolbuses.