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Thomas King Forcade

Thomas King ForcadeAKA Kenneth Gary Goodson

Born: 11-Sep-1945
Birthplace: Phoenix, AZ
Died: 17-Nov-1978
Location of death: Manhattan, NY [1]
Cause of death: Suicide

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of High Times

Military service: U.S. Air Force (1960's)

In 1970, during Congressional testimony in front of a pornography commission, he threw a pie in the face of a commissioner, shouting "The only obscenity is censorship!" Later indicted over alleged conspiracy to firebomb the Republican convention, though charges were dropped in 1974. Founded High Times with $12K, to instant success. Forcade committed suicide in 1978 with a pearl-handled .22 revolver, after which control of High Times was transferred to a trust.

[1] St. Vincent's Hospital, Manhattan, NY.

Father: Kenneth Goodson (engineer, d. circa 1955 automobile accident)
Mother: L.B. Goodson
Sister: Judith Baker
Wife: Gabrielle Schang

    High School: Phoenix, AZ
BBA, University of Utah (1967)

    High Times Founder (1974)
    National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
    Students for a Democratic Society
    Youth International Party
    Dishonorable Discharge
    Conspiracy 1974 (charges dropped)
    Shot: Self-Inflicted
    Risk Factors: Marijuana, Cocaine, Depression

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