Keroufact #5: Who was Maggie Cassidy?

Mary-Carney“Mary Carney, the girl in the photograph-within-the-photograph above, was the life model for Kerouac’s title character, Maggie Cassidy. When I met her in the fall of 1992, she was still living in the house where Jack had wooed her in 1939, when he was a senior at Lowell High—81 Billerica Street (”31 Massachusetts Street” in Maggie Cassidy).” — John Suiter. From Kerouac’s Lowell: A Life on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers. For more detail, see the Jack Kerouac website

Keroufact #4: Scrolling along

scroll“Legend has it that Kerouac wrote On the Road in three weeks, typing it almost nonstop on a 120-foot roll of paper. Jim Canary, the Indiana University conservator who’s responsible for its care, says Kerouac typed about 100 words a minute, and replacing regular sheets of paper in his typewriter just interrupted his flow — thus the scroll.” information gleamed from the NPR website.

Keroufact #3: Kerouac Park

keouac_parkKerouac Park was dedicated in Kerouac’s memory in 1988, and the Park earned an American Institute of Architects Citation for Excellence in Urban  The opening passages from Kerouac’s five “Lowell novels,” as well as passages from On the Road, Lonesome Traveler, Book of Dreams, and Mexico City Blues are inscribed on eight triangular marble columns. See the National Park’s website for additional information.

Keroufact #2: Where it all started

-Jack_Kerouacs_House-LowellThe house where Jack Kerouac was born and grew up is located on Lupine Road in Lowell’s Centralville neighborhood, on the north bank of the Merrimack River. Kerouac lived in the house until he left the city to attend Columbia University, after his graduation from Lowell High School; his family continued to live there for many years afterward. From the Virtual Tourist website


Keroufact #1: Like a rolln’ stone

dylanBob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg, visited Kerouac’s  grave located in the Edson cemetery in 1975. On the occasion of a stop-over on the legendary Rolling Thunder tour,  famously standing together, beside Jack Kerouac’s grave, musing, (Allen’s certainly taking the lead).

Here is a video clip of the meeting.