R. Gordon Wasson Coins the Term “Magic Mushroom”

LIFE magazine publishes an article by R. Gordon Wasson called "Seeking the Magic Mushroom."

June 1, 1957

LIFE magazine publishes an article by R. Gordon Wasson called “Seeking the Magic Mushroom.” This is the first popular media coverage of the existence of magic mushrooms. In the article, Wasson is the first to use the term “magic mushroom.”