So yes, I was one of the many people who sent some cash to Robert Anton Wilson. If you didn’t hear about it, well, don’t worry, it seems there’s a happy ending.
I actually still haven’t read the Illuminatus! trilogy. I’ve always been far more impressed by his ability to write about serious philosophical concepts, from Aristotelian logic to Zen Buddhism, yet still get in at least one good laugh per page. He was also admirably ready to question everything, and even to annoy people who initially agreed with him (like a lot of libertarians, for example).