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SATURDAY'S HERO: A BEAT
Mike D'Orso
October 23, 1989
Before going on the road, Jack Kerouac was a gridiron star
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October 23, 1989

Saturday's Hero: A Beat

Before going on the road, Jack Kerouac was a gridiron star

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"He looked like a bum," says Samaras, shaking his head. "But he wasn't a bum. No way in hell was he a bum."

Father Spike thinks of the funeral at which he performed Mass before Kerouac was buried in Edson cemetery on the south side of town. The service, held in St. Jean Baptiste Church, drew a mostly out-of-town audience. "Maybe 30 people were there from Lowell," says Father Spike. "It's like Christ said—a prophet is not honored in his own village. It's always like that."

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