Merry Pranksters were cohorts and followers of American author in 1964. Ken Kesey
Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters lived
at Kesey's homes in and California , and are noted for the Oregon significance of a lengthy sociological they took in the summer of 1964, traveling across the United States in a road trip painted school bus called psychedelic Furthur or , organizing parties and giving out Further . LSD During this time they met many of the guiding lights of the mid-1960s  and presaged what are commonly thought of as cultural movement with odd behavior, tie-dyed and red, white and blue clothing, and renunciation of normal society, which they dubbed hippies . The Establishment chronicled their early escapades in Tom Wolfe ; Wolfe also documents a notorious 1966 trip on The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test Further from Mexico through Houston, stopping to visit Kesey's friend, novelist . Kesey was in flight from a drug charge at the time. Larry McMurtry Notable members of the group include Kesey's best friend  , Ken Babbs , Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Garcia , and Lee Quarnstrom . Neal Cassady , Stewart Brand , Dorothy Fadiman  , Dale Kesey (his cousin), George Walker, Paul Foster (now known as the the Warlocks ), Grateful Dead (then a lighting designer for the Grateful Dead), Del Close , Wavy Gravy , and Kentucky Fab Five writers Paul Krassner and Ed McClanahan (who overlapped with Kesey and Babbs as creative writing graduate students at Gurney Norman ) were associated with the group to varying degrees. Stanford University
These events are also documented by one of the original pranksters, Lee Quarnstrom, in his memoir,
When I Was a Dynamiter.
Origin of name
In an interview on
in August 2014, BBC World Service  suggested that the name "The Merry Pranksters" was his idea:
Kesey and George Walker and I were out wandering around and the rest of the gang were sitting around a fire in Kesey's house in La Honda, and when we came back it was dark and Mike Hagen called out "Halt! Who goes there?"
And just out of the blue I said, "'Tis I, the intrepid traveller, come to lead his merry band of pranksters across the nation, in the reverse order of the pioneers! And our motto will be 'the obliteration of the entire nation' ... not taken literally of course, we won't blow up their buildings, we'll blow their minds!