Counter Culture

Counter Culture
Passing the ‘acid test’ of competition, Nancy’s Yogurt thrives, naturally

WHEN CHUCK KESEY and his brother, Ken, were boys, they often worked for their dad, who ran a dairy in Springfield, Ore. “Ken liked to work the boiler because that gave him a lot of time to write,” Chuck says of his famous kid brother. “But I was more involved in the hands-on activities.”

While Chuck studied dairy technology at Oregon State University, the younger Kesey eloped with his sweetheart, Faye, and enrolled at the University of Oregon. There, he won a scholarship to the creative-writing program at Stanford. To earn extra money, he worked as an orderly in a psychiatric ward and offered himself to the university psychology department as a guinea pig in experiments with psilocybin, mescaline, and LSD.

It’s A Colorful Life

In pickle green and retriever gold, a new house charms like an old

YOU’D EXPECT the house of paint-store owners to be gloriously colored. The new home of Mary Hall and Ken Schuricht, proprietors of Winslow Paint Co. and Winslow Hardware and Mercantile, exceeds all expectations, with its brick-red and gold exterior trimmed in richest eggplant and radiant chartreuse.

Viewed from across the wild wetlands that stretch from house to Puget Sound, the silvery-metal peaked roof and multipaned façade look like a child’s drawing of an eccentric grandma’s house. Street-side, the wings of the house spread to embrace twin carports, each housing a matching Honda Element looking more like car-shaped cartoons than actual vehicles. To add to the fun, a garden between road and house overflows with flowers in at least every color of house paint. Burgundy dahlias, cobalt-blue salvia, hot-pink zinnias, orange sneezeweed and dripping golden amaranth are Crayola bright.