Publisher works to clear what he sees as government smokescreens
WALTERVILLE — It was the late ’60s, and like many teenagers at the time, Kris Millegan had let his hair grow long and was smoking a little weed.
And like many fathers, Lloyd Millegan disapproved of his son’s drug use, although the way he justified that disapproval was hardly the norm.
“I just remember one day we’re arguing, and I say that I smoke some pot,” Kris Millegan, 59, of Walterville recalled. “And he says, ‘Well, you’re just making money for them!’ ”
Lloyd Millegan was a former CIA operative who had left the agency in 1959. He later moved the family to the Eugene area, where he worked as a middle school teacher.
Mostly silent about his intelligence work through Millegan’s childhood, he began telling his son in his teen years that the Vietnam War was fueled by the drug trade and orchestrated by secret societies. Later, he told Millegan the government was conspiring “to opiate” the nation’s youth with marijuana to dull their wits.
It was basically “them” — the powerful — against “us” — the unsuspecting masses.