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Elizabeth Gips
photo by George Sakkestad
Elizabeth Gips
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Elizabeth Gips
Summary
Gips, beloved "psychedelic grandmother" and host of the radio show Changes ("based on the premise that the human race has the capacity to learn compassion"), interviewed hundreds of visionaries over a 30-year span. In the 60s she was a successful businesswoman, with three jewelry stores in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco. After trying LSD, she devoted her life to the counter-culture. Elizabeth was a friend and inspiration to many people whose lives she touched. She died after a long painful struggle with smoking-related illness, and was survived by only a few weeks by her beloved partner Paddy Long.