Steve Lambrecht, starting thirdbaseman for the Pranktown Busriders and also known as "Zonker" died today in California after a long illness. Lambrecht was a member of Ken Kesey's Merry Pranksters, a
countercultural troupe who invented the concept of the "acid test" in the early 1960s. Lambrecht was on the bus that made the infamous trip described by Tom Wolfe in the book Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
Fans of the comic strip "Doonesbury" are familiar with the character "Zonker" patterned on Lambrecht.
Born March 3, 1942 in Oakland, California, Lambrecht was raised in San Jose and
played water polo at San Jose State University. After his adventures with the Pranksters he ran the Safe-Way Chemical Co., a hazardous-material disposal company in San Jose. According to Ken Kesey, Lambrecht's
"death was tremendously well-done. Zonker died as befits a courageous knight.'' Lambrecht is survived by two sons.