'60s guru Leary says to tune in, turn on 'Blossom'

November 05, 1992|By Knight-Ridder News Service

Life in the remote-control lane keeps getting weirder.

Take Dana Carvey of "Saturday Night Live." This guy sounds more like Ross Perot than Ross Perot. The already-blurred line separating reality and entertainment is now turning to Silly Putty.

How else to explain the call from the NBC publicist pitching an interview with Timothy Leary? That's right, the LSD enthusiast and '60s counterculture guru wants us to tune in and turn on "Blossom" Monday night.

Why? Because Mr. Leary is making a guest appearance on the popular NBC sitcom about the teen-age ups and downs of

Blossom Russo (Mayim Bialik).

It's a special episode titled "The Making of the President," an election season mockumentary in which Blossom runs for student council president against a high school male chauvinist piglet.

And Timothy Leary? He plays a TV news pundit who comments on the election.

"I'm myself," said Mr. Leary during a brief telephone chat. "But I portray a John Chancellor kind of guy." However, it is doubtful that John Chancellor ever uttered a line like, "Politically speaking, Blossom blew my mind."

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