Cultural icon and folk figure of the 1950s and 1960s. He was the inspiration for the character Dean Moriarty, in Jack Kerouac's "On the Road," and one of the inspirations for Allen Ginsberg's poem "Howl." He was born by the side of the road, in Salt Lake City, Utah. At young age he wandered the west with his alcoholic father, riding freight trains with hobos. He met "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" author Ken Kesey in 1962 and became the driver of "Further," the Merry Pranksters' psychedelically painted bus. One evening, after a Mexican wedding party, he had the idea of walking 15 miles from San Miguel to Celaya to pick up his "magic bag" at the train depot there. He was found in a coma the next morning and died in a Mexican hospital.
Bio by: Rich H.