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Garden of the Peaceful Dragon

Garden of the Peaceful Dragon

Feeds on Saturday, October 17 @ 1200 – 1330ET/HD04   sIX


Luvell Benford III was born in Pasadena, CA in 1940. After being discharged from the Marines, he became one of the first employees of IBM and, by chance, a neighbor and friend to Timothy Leary. A single acid trip changed Luvell's life over-night. Ditching his “suit”, he moved to San Francisco where he fell in with the Beat Poets and witnessed the birth of The Grateful Dead. Legendary music promoter, Bill Graham, hired him to be a bodyguard for his artists and he spent a decade jet-setting and hobnobbing with stars. By midlife, Luvell was looking for another dramatic change of lifestyle. So he bought an old schooner, and after many months of restoration work, sailed it all the way to Hawaii! Three divorces and four children later, we find Luvell homeless, living out of his pick-up truck on the beach. A man whose incredible life story may have been lost to time is rediscovered in this final chapter of his life.


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