It was the worst period of my life. I had all this gigantic acceptance as a kid, and all of a sudden there was this monumental rejection.
I had always turned it down-to me, smoking pot was absolutely the worst thing in the world. I thought of it as an addiction, and all my friends who smoked it, I felt they really needed help.
I wanted to have a normal childhood. Normal relationships.
The kids put you on a pedestal. I didn't like it.
Well, I went to school with Jan and Dean, Ryan O'Neal, some of the Beach Boys we all use to party together.
Yes, there was nothing else to do to get you high. I mean, there was, but white kids didn't hear about it.
I was totally devastated for four years in the mid '60s when l tried to buck the tide.
There's a big difference between somebody who does acid on weekends and somebody who takes downers every day.
Acid wasn't getting a whole lot of bad press at the time, and as I saw the whole bad-press thing happen, I became aware that the government had done a whole lie on all the other benign drugs as well. It became clear to me that the government wanted no real drug education.
A lot of my friends were fooling around with drugs then.
I wanted to go to regular high school - it looked like a lot of fun.
I was still thought of as a kid actor even though I was in my mid twenties.
Marijuana. Boy, I thought that was just terrible. How could this great man do this to his life?
Yeah, dog was this man's best friend, for sure.
Once in a while there was some TV offer and I'd take it.
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