I DIDN'T KNOW JACK -
BSC, CA – Recent research into Jack Herer for an article titled 'If You Don't Know Jack About Pot' allowed me to see Jack outside of his cult status in the cannabis cause. After the piece appeared, I realized that I didn't know jack about how Jack became the Hemperor beyond the b&w photos of him that I use in stories and the brief time I saw him live on stage addressing the cannabis issue. This was in addition to meeting with him twice where we talked over the issue.
Further complicating the Jack back story was that all the people I found to ask about Jack, from young to old school, none of these people knew each other. They had all known Jack under separate circumstances and at varying times during his life. Because of the cannabis field split between medical, drug war, and full on legalization groups, plus with the hipsters in today's marketplace, not everyone I meet even knows of Jack Herer.
A reveal started to open during the fight against Prop 64 [a 'No On 64' sticker can be seen to Roger Stone's upper right (your left) in his office YouTube interviews – shout out] as I hit SacTown with the Pepper. It seemed that Jack might have a Jerry Springer Show side to him. My ears perked since I can relate, see Memoirs.