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Stephen Gaskin dies at 79; founder of The Farm commune
Stephen Gaskin dies at 79; founder of The Farm commune

When Stephen Gaskin took a good, hard look in the early 1970s at the San Francisco he loved, he knew he couldn't stay. "It was going decadent," he said years later. "We started seeing guys in long dark overcoats and brimmed hats who were heroin people. We started seeing meth—that was skinny guys sleeping in doorways—you could tell the meth. And we were into natural foods and like that." For Gaskin, a Marine who fought in Korea and a former writing instructor at San Francisco State, there was a better way and it had to do with Jesus, Confucius, Zen, peace, love, tofu, the universe, happiness, organic pot, rock 'n' roll, and 1,000 acres in backwoods Tennessee. With some 300 wanderers...

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