Cherlyn Gardner Strong writes for the Tucson Citizen:
In 1954, Tucson was experiencing growing pains. World War II directly influenced a surge in population with troop deployments to Davis Monthan Air Force Base in the 1940’s. The population kept growing after that. Tucson’s boundaries were expanding. Tucson was in the midst of a severe drought. However, in 1954, a world famous scientist relocated to Tucson to battle the drought. This man not only took credit for bringing that rain during his five month residency, but he also claimed he was engaged in a battle with UFOs during his stay.
This man’s name was Wilhelm Reich.
Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who trained under Sigmund Freud in Vienna. He was known for forging ahead with work for which the world wasn’t quite ready. He was labeled as a “quack” by the FDA and deemed mentally ill. However, Wilhelm Reich was once connected to the Old Pueblo and this connection is an interesting one. It might be a bit bizarre.
Reich experimented with a biological energy he called “orgone energy.” Reich claimed to have found a way to harness this energy. The energy was to be used for a variety of purposes from cancer treatment to weather experimentation. The weather experimentation brought him to Tucson all the way from Portland, Maine.
This concept of Orgone was derived from Freud’s concept of libido, while Carl Jung identified the libido as psychic energy. Wilhelm Reich expanded on these concepts with his theories about orgasmic energy. We will return to this idea of Orgone and delve deeper into it later. However, you get the idea. This was biological energy that Reich claimed to have harnessed for the greater good of mankind.More...