Summary of “The Man Who Got America High”

First, there is an archived People magazine article from 1978, titled: ‘TOURING ROCK STARS GO TO AL DELLENTASH WHEN THEY REALLY WANT TO GET HIGH.’ The headline is a clever joke, you see, because the story is about his multi-million-dollar private jet-leasing business, which he built in his twenties: “Among the acts that have chartered Dellentash’s three Convairs, two helicopters and a Boeing 707 are the Rolling Stones, KISS and the Grateful Dead.”.
Ironically, Dellentash was secretly getting the whole of America high – hiding in plain sight as a chartered plane provider, and later, a music manager for 1980s acts including Meat Loaf and the Bay City Rollers.
Online speculators have tried to link Dellentash’s name to the famous D.B. Cooper hijacking in 1971, the C.I.A.’s covert operations in South America, and even the 9/11 terror attacks in New York – tinfoil-hat theorists discovered that Dellentash’s father was once a contractor on the World Trade Center.
“My life was all mapped out for me.” In 1971, Dellentash married his high school girlfriend, and they had two children.
“The propeller disaster in Belize was fresh in my mind,” Dellentash says, “But everything with this guy just seemed organized. He made it all sound easy. He offered $150,000 in start-up money, so he was really talking my language.” But as Dellentash would discover, this gentleman’s name was not Steve Teri, and he was no realtor.
Sly Stallone is holding court five tables down, but the waitresses fuss over Dellentash, mainly because he tips roughly 200%. Over eggs, Dellentash says he would rather talk about his rock music achievements.
Dellentash spread himself too thin, and while Bonnie had just a small part in the movie, she had taken over the second lead role in Dellentash’s life.
“The cops tested a sample of the heroin he was holding in their lab, and they had never seen anything quite like it. I mean, it was off-the-scale pure. They knew just by the purity of the heroin that Dellentash was involved incredibly high up the chain – or he was Mafia.”

The orginal article.