Comedian, partner with Cheech Marin in Cheech and Chong

Reference

Tommy Chong - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Thomas B. Kin 'Tommy' Chong (born 24 May 1938) is a Canadian-American comedian, actor, writer, director, activist, and musician. He is well known for his marijuana-themed Cheech & Chong comedy movies with Cheech Marin, as well as playing the character Leo on Fox's That '70s Show."

Images

Tommy Chong - The Advocates
181x300 JPEG, color

Born

24 May 1938, Thomas B. Kin Chong, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Biography

Cheech and Chong > Bio - Official Website
Includes photos and bios of Tommy, his wife Shelby and long-time comedy partner Cheech Marin
"Grammy Award winning comedian Tommy Chong is legendary for his invaluable contribution to American counter-culture as part of the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong. During their reign, the twosome recorded six gold comedy albums, including the 1973 Grammy winner "Los Cochinos," and starred in eight films, most of which Chong co-wrote and directed."
Tommy Chong - Biography: IMDb
Includes photo, personal details, trivia and personal quotes
"True to his comedy image, Tommy and his family ran Nice Dreams Enterprises, an internet company that sells marijuana bongs and pipes. He was arrested in 2003 on federal drug paraphernalia charges and sentenced in September of that year. He will spend 9 months in jail and pay around $120,000 in fines. The only person of the 55 arrested during the US Drug Enforcement Administration's 'Operation Pipe Dreams' to serve time in prison."

Web Pages

Tommy Chong - The Advocates for Self-Government
Biography, picture and quotes
"There are a few things that might surprise people about Tommy Chong, the comedian best known for the amiable, dope-addled characters he plays in movies. First, he rarely smokes marijuana. Second, the zonked-out persona he developed for Cheech & Chong comedy routines was probably a major reason why he was sentenced to federal prison in 2003. And third, he's a libertarian."

Articles

My Chat With Chong, by Ken Bush, The Liberator, 1998
Recounts the author's interview with Chong, after chatting on a radio talk show
"In late March, I heard Chong appearing as an in-studio guest on KMOX radio in St. Louis, promoting an upcoming nightclub gig. Much of the show centered on Chong arguing passionately for the right of adults to use marijuana for medicine, industry, and recreation. ... I phoned the show and chatted with Chong on the air about the dangerous effects of the War on Drugs. ... I complimented him on his appearance and his courage in confronting the Drug War head-on."
Related Topic: War on Drugs
The Most Absurdities per Kilo, by James Bovard, Future of Freedom, Feb 2006
Describes the SWAT attack on Tommy Chong residence for the purpose of confiscating bongs, part of Operation Pipe Dreams
"By far the biggest catch of Operation Pipe Dreams was 64-year-old Tommy Chong, the older half of the legendary, Grammy Award-winning comic duo Cheech and Chong, who lampooned drug warriors from the 1960s to the 1980s. Chong's company, Chong Glass, sold ornate bongs that cost hundreds of dollars over the Internet ..."
Related Topic: War on Drugs
Tommy Chong Will Be Free In Prison, by Debra McCorkle, 16 Sep 2003
Describes and comments on Chong's earlier career and on his arrest and conviction for selling drug paraphernalia
"Because of the court's refusal to accept this devil's bargain to turn Tommy Chong into another horrible Just Say No advertising shill for the Partnership for a Drug Free America, Chong is a free man. For the mere price of nine months in jail, he can spend the rest of his life as a hero for libertarian ideals. He doesn't have to kiss John Ashcroft's ass. He doesn't have to be a liar and a hypocrite."
Related Topic: War on Drugs