Last year the secret word was "satori," and while some years no one takes me up on my offer, in 2016 we had a winner: Phil from Indiana. So far I have not allowed repeat winners, so we'll stick to that rule this year. And now the moment you've all been waiting for . . . this year's secret word -- in honor of the 60th anniversary of On The Road and a famous quote from the book and the fact that you will be shambling after me like one of these in order to win a book -- is:
But we're not finished. We need a reminder of details about the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac.
What: An Annual Festival Celebrating Jack Kerouac
Where: Jack's Hometown of Lowell, MA
When: October 5-9, 2017
For details, visit http://www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org/festival.
For places to stay, try Trivago.com. I recommend the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center if you can get a room. It's the only hotel in the city proper, but of course there are hotel options outside the city as well as Air B&B, Couchsurfing.com, a tent under the stars along the Merrimack, etc.
For directions to Jack's grave, a visit to which is on the agenda as part of the bus tour but you should make time for a private visit, search for Edson Cemetery (1375 Gorham Street) in your GPS system of choice. Go straight when you come in the gate and turn left on Lincoln Avenue. Find his grave on the right between 7th and 8th Streets.
|Rick Dale at Jack Kerouac's grave on October 6, 2016|
See you in October. We'll be fresh off a trip to Europe so ask me to see pictures of The Beat Hotel.