Ken Kesey (September 17, 1935 – November 10, 2001) wrote a book, a good book in fact, then spent the best part of thirty years frying his brains in the name of progress. He went bald at a young age and "dug" old school buses.
He also wrote the novel, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
Ken Kesey (née Neville Kensington Keysterworth III) was conceived in Colorado, and was born soon after.
By 1957, Kesey had graduated to harder drugs. It was at this time, during a three-day crystal meth bender, that Kesey discovered his aptitude for wrestling. This talent for wrestling took Kesey to the University of Oregon, and then to Stanford University. Due to his impressive grappling abilities, multiple security guards and police officers were required to remove Kesey from both campuses in order to prevent injuries to the respective schools' students.
Descent into Drugs, LAX
In 1959, the Stanford police department sold Kesey to the Menlo Park Veterans Hospital for the testing of psychoactive drugs. This experience inspired him to frequently use drugs in a recreational manner. A number of conspiracists have theorized that this experience inspired him to write One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. However, in a number of interviews Kesey himself has asserted that the title came to him while flying over Texas during a non-stop flight from Miami to Los Angeles.
With the money earned from the success of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Kesey either moved to La Honda, California, or purchased a Honda in California, in the mid 1960's. Few historical records exist for this era, but historians and anthropologists are quite positive that some form of Honda came into the picture during this time.
Miscellaneous, Other, Etc.
Kesey wrote a bunch of other stuff, and did a metric crapload of drugs. Enough to kill a burro. Soon after moving to Oregon, he died. While the cause of death is unclear, doctors suspect that it may have been caused by, or related to, the copious amounts of drugs that Kesey consumed throughout his life.