That’s my job in a nutshell. For instance, I’ll buy 10 coffee makers and make coffee a zillion times in them to find out whether it makes good or bad coffee. I’ll time the brew cycle, test the brewing water temperature, and learn about the heating elements.

Was it murder? Suicide? An accidental overdose?Some have suggested that her former lover Frank Sinatra, who she had come to rely on, could have saved Monroe but chose to turn his back on her when she was at her lowest ebb.The questions and doubts, the revelations and scandals that always follow the sudden death of a celebrity especially beautiful ones, who die young have continued to fascinate me, as have the unaccountable silences of several key witnesses.But after nearly 50 years there seemed little more that could be said or discovered.Until now. In London as part of a two month nationwide tour of his much anticipated show, Swinging Las Vegas, the legendary American jazz pianist and singer, Buddy Greco who once rubbed shoulders with Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack and now lives in Essex with his fifth wife talked to me about the mysterious weekend Monroe spent at the notorious Mafia haunt, the Cal Neva Lodge, in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, five days before she died.Before the fall out: An undated picture of the actress talking to former lover Sinatra at a casino in NevadaIt is the first time anyone has revealed first hand what happened there. Now 83, he is sitting in Locale Italian restaurant on London’s South Bank.

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In his 2012 memoir, Cross to Bear, Allman described how his older brother was a central figure in his life in the years after their father was murdered by a man he met in a bar. The two boys endured a spell in a military school before being swept up in rock music in their teens. Although Gregg was the first to pick up a guitar, it was Duane who excelled at it.

Edit: I found his writing most helpful in placing my psychedelic experiences in context, since, like many people, that how I found meditation. I would have a typical loopy time, then something really incredible and “spiritual” would happen, then everything would dissolve and get really weird, then I get scared, then sad, then disgusted, then I would be like “when will this all end,” and it would repeat. Never reached equanimity, ha.