They just don’t make ‘em like they used to. Case in point: Lloyd Casey, the oldest first-time elected state senator from Colorado when he entered office in 1993, and the first politician in the country to introduce a bill to re-legalize industrial hemp. Now 85, Casey’s moved to Dublin, Ohio, but he’s back with a Christmas present in the form of a book that dispenses such valuable sex education advice as “Stay off the hard liquor and keep your pecker in your pants.”
Casey’s book, titled “Christmas Presents: A Life in Progress,” is a compilation of the letters he has written to his seven children over the years. The jacket explains how Casey, a Democrat who represented Northglenn for a term in the state Senate, actually got the idea to put down his thoughts to his children in 1980, considering that he might be dead by 1981.
“Still being alive in 1990 he did another Christmas present and then again in 2000.” according to the jacket. This year is his last, though Casey is indicating now that he may live to 2016.
The sex education line that is highlighted in his book, Casey explains, actually came in the form of a one-liner from his dad way back when, at age 17, he was boarding a train in Las Vegas to go to Navy boot camp in Farragut, Idaho.
According to his current LinkedIn profile, Casey, a World War II veteran, has a master’s degree in theology and also has two U.S. Copyrights, one as Mr. Grape-Nuts and one as Senator Grape-Nuts. From the bio: “From 1932 to the present I have an affidavit testifying to my eating of two tons of Grape-Nuts.”
When in office, he was an ardent supporter of legalizing hemp for industrial purposes. In a letter sent to supporters a year after he left office, Casey, by then active in a group called the Agricultural Hemp Association, sent out a letter detailing his passion of the issue:
“The question from home is, ‘Why do you stay at it? You are not in office anymore. You are twice the age or more of most all who are trying to get the laws changed. You came close to dying a year ago. Let this hemp stuff be someone else’s thing to do.’
“There are moments when I do feel like I’m nuts for sticking with it. But, the fact is, the people who have prevented us from growing industrial hemp are 100 percent wrong. They are people who play the ‘holier than thou card’ and people like that have bugged me since I can remember. This effort has become my determination to outlive the bastards and I expect to live long enough to see industrial hemp become the agricultural and industrial business it deserves to be.”