This episode of Living on Purpose continues from the introduction to Dr. Tomorrow (Frank Ogden) on the Rabble Podcast Network last week. In today's episode Frank Ogden and Lynn Thompson continue their conversation for about 16 minutes at which point it seems like it's a wrap. There's a little seagull and wave break, and then further conversation ensues, which actually happened the following day after Lynn had read through his little book of "Ogdenisms". It seemed worthy of recording further while Lynn was still in Vancouver, so upon returning to Dr. Tomorrow's houseboat in Coal Harbour, on it went.
Born in 1920, Ogden was educated in Canada and the United States and served as a flight engineer during World War II. Unflaggingly energetic and curious, he graduated to a dizzying array of jobs flying airplanes and helicopters and selling aircraft, real estate and house wares. During the 1960's, he joined a medical team researching LSD at Hollywood Hospital, and he crossed Canada by helicopter to celebrate the country's centennial. He also helped found Canada's first think-tank, taught at the Ontario College of Art and the New England School of Art in Boston, and managed a Montreal radio station, leading it boldly into progressive rock. He was also a founding member of the World Future Society in Canada. While studying voodoo in Haiti and establishing a think-tank for the Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Ogden recognized the link that exists between primitive thinking and high tech. "Everything in life is information. So-called primitive cultures have known this for thousands of years," he explains. "Voodoo priests get their information through a hierarchy of gods; we get ours through a hierarchy of technology."
Audiences praise him because "he shakes people up and gets us thinking about the future!"
Lynn became aware of Frank initially through Roger Nelson of the Global Consciousness Project, when they both were on the 'live' show of Living on Purpose by phone on CHLY in 2006.
Update January 14th, 2013: Frank Ogden (Dr. Tomorrow) has graduated from his life, on December 29th, 2012. The last time Lynn saw Frank was when a bunch of his eclectic friends gathered in October 2010 in Vancouver BC to celebrate his 90th birthday. Dr. Tomorrow is a one of a kind man who brought so much colour and vitality into this world. Miss you Frank!
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