De Mille

6 Apr


After writing a term paper on D.H. Lawrence and the Andaman Islanders for Ralph Linton at Columbia in 1942, RICHARD de MILLE strayed from the ethnological path for 33 years, during which he: worked on Army Air Force training films; directed television programs at KTLA; got in on the ground floor of Scientology; got out; wrote a social science-fiction story that was accepted by John W. Campbell Jr for Astounding (February 1953); earned a Ph.D. in clinical and measurement psychology at the University of Southern California (where he sat at the feet of J.P. Guilford); taught psychology at the University of California, Santa Barbara; wrote grant applications to HEW for a gang of desperate educational boondogglers; and learned to talk with computers at a DoD think tank. In 1970 he resumed his vocation as a writer. Besides numerous scholarly, scientific, and popular articles and several stories, he has published Put Your Mother on the Ceiling, an oft-quoted book of didactic imagination exercises for children, and, of course Castaneda’s Journey. While following the spoor of don Juan he aquired a a most peculiar anthropological background, joined the American Anthropological Association, spoke at its 1978 meeting, and reviewed Second Ring of Power in the American Anthropologist. He is an associate of Current Anthropology, consulting editor of Zeditic Scholar and Skeptical Inquirer, and a member of the American Society for Psychical Research. He has edited diverse books by other writers. He is married and lives in Santa Barbara.


Richard de Mille The Don Juan Papers (Ross Erikson Publishers Santa Barbara) ©1980 p. 519



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