July 23rd- there is something magical about July 23rd.... It marked the beginning of the high holy days in ancient Egypt- the day the "Dog Star" Sirius ascended from behind the sun. This is the origin of the expression "Dog Days of Summer" and marked the flood season of the Nile River before the construction of the Aswan Dam.
July 23rd is the birthday of Haile Selassie, without whom we would have no Reggae. It was Aleister Crowley's wife's birthday. And, of course, it is the birthday of other great magicians like Pee Wee Reese, Raymond Chandler, Woody Harrelson and Monica Lewinsky. It marks the deaths of Pancho Villa and Vic Morrow.
Most importantly, it is Robert Anton Wilson Day- so declared by the city of Santa Cruz in 2003, to celebrate the life and work of one of its most beloved residents.
I discovered the writing of RAW in 1980 when Jerry Farnsworth loaned me his copies of the 3 volume Illuminatus! Trilogy. Jerry- I'm sorry I never gave them back- but if you are out there, I still have them..... RAW's writing changed my life- The way I look at the world.
There would be no OBSOLETE! Magazine without Robert Anton Wilson, and for that reason, we are celebrating July 23rd by giving away copies of issue #1- shipped to you mailbox ANYWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE- free of charge!! (Some restrictions may apply, see fine print). Be one of the first 20 sentient beings to send your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send out your free copy right away!!