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Sitting with his first wife, Judy, and a friend on a sunny beach in Algeciras, Spain, Sy Safransky embarked on a spiritual journey that ultimately led him to create the magazine you now hold in your hand. In March 1970, for the first time, he placed a tab of LSD on his tongue. He was twenty-five years old. There were, of course, other steps between taking the powerful psychedelic and starting The Sun — spiritual teacher Ram Dass and the work of ex-Beatle John Lennon also played important roles in guiding Sy’s journey — but the drug changed the way he understood, well, everything.