Paul Williams


Coming soon! Online Auction to benefit Paul Williams! Contact Lord Running Clam with your contributions and for more information.


PAUL WILLIAMS

We are raising money on an ongoing basis for Paul Williams now and at future Philip K. Dick Festivals. The next one to be held in San Francisco area in 2012.

Paul WilliamsPaul Williams was a friend of Philip K. Dick’s, executor of his estate, founder of The Philip K. Dick Society and editor of the PKD Society Newsletter. A friend of John Lennon’s and biographer of Bob Dylan, his voice can be heard on “Give Peace A Chance!” and his face seen in the video of The Beatles “All You Need Is Love”. His magazine Crawdaddy, founded 1968, was the first to look critically at Rock music.

Paul was struck by a car as he rode his bicycle in San Francisco while riding his bicycle hit a crack in the pavement coming down a hill in Encinitas, California (near San Diego), fell over the handebars, hit his head and broke his collarbone in 1995. This led to early onset of dementia which now requires full-time nursing home care. All proceeds from our Auction and a part of all sales will go to benefit Paul Williams.

5 Comments

  1. barbara thistle
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 15:36:10

    I would like to help somehow. Paul and i ( and about 4 or 5 others ) lived in Mendocino on a piece of land we called New Caldonia in 1970. I visited Philip K Dick with him at least once and and Frank Hebert in Seattle or somewhere in WA. I sure remember him fondly and am so sorry to hear of his plight. I am out of the loop having lived in Alaska for a long time and now in Georgia. Please keep me on your mailing list.
    Thistle

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  2. Robert Lichtman
    Aug 21, 2012 @ 15:10:12

    I’ve known Paul since 1968 — and before that in mail and fanzine exchanges in the SF fan community — and so I know for sure that you are wrong when you write, above, “Paul was struck by a car as he rode his bicycle in San Francisco in 1995.” The year is correct, but what actually happened was that he hit a crack in the pavement coming down a hill in Encinitas, California (near San Diego), fell over the handebars, hit his head and broke his collarbone. Good that this festival is lending support to his nursing home care!

    Hey, Thistle, I remember you from Mendocino! I don’t remember Paul’s little enclave being called “New Caldonia” — “Caladan” is my recollection. Used to go there every chance I got back then, while living in S.F.

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    • Robert Lichtman
      Aug 29, 2012 @ 14:55:08

      I left my correction about where Paul’s bicycle accident *actually* happened and its circumstances *8* days ago, plenty of time for the information atop this page to be corrected. And yet it’s not……

      Why is that?!

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  3. David Gill
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 14:06:02

    Thanks Robert for the correction. I’ll have the webmaster update the section soon, so take it easy.

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  4. David Keller
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 12:41:05

    Two things I’ve long wondered about the Paul Williams fundraising effort(s).

    One is whether small contributions could endanger his Medi-Cal eligibility and ultimately be harmful.

    The other is why the PKD estate which benefited so much from his work as literary executor for about a decade, is apparently richer than Croesus and proclaims itself as the guardian of Phil’s legacy didn’t just step in and help financially when the need arose.

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