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Celebrating 50 years of "On the Road" with Jack Kerouac

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Veteran hitchhiker Morgan 'Sal'man Strub read Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road while trekking from San Francisco to Portland when he was 19 years old. He identified so much with Kerouac's alter-ego in the book, Sal Paradise, that he adopted 'Sal' as a nickname and founded a hitchhiking website, www.digihitch.com. (Courtesy of Morgan Strub, www.digihitch.com)

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Beat poet-writer Jack Kerouac is buried in Lowell, Mass. Born on March 12, 1922, Kerouac would have been 85 years old this year. (Courtesy of Steve Edington, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!)

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The original 119-foot-long scroll manuscript of Beat author Jack Kerouac's acclaimed novel On the Road is currently on tour across the country. (Courtesy of Steve Edington, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!)

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Beats Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg used to frequent the West End tavern in New York during their time at Columbia University in the early 1940s. The bar recently reopened as Havana Central at the West End. New Owner Jeremy Merrin (left) and former owner/bartender Sid Roberts (right) vow to keep the Beats' memories alive. (Christopher Twarowski/CNS)

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Beats Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg used to frequent the West End tavern in New York during their time at Columbia University in the early 1940s. The bar recently reopened as Havana Central at the West End. New owner Jeremy Merrin (left) and former owner/bartender Sid Roberts vow to keep the Beats' memories alive. (Christopher Twarowski/CNS)

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Beat poet-writer Jack Kerouac's birth house in Lowell, Mass. Kerouac was born on March 12, 1922. He would have been 85 years old this year. (Courtesy of Steve Edington, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!)

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Large stone monuments etched with excerpts from Kerouac's works commemorate the writer's life at Kerouac Park in Lowell, Mass. (Courtesy of Steve Edington, Lowell Celebrates Kerouac!)

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Beats Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs, among others, used to frequent the West End tavern in New York. The bar-restaurant was recently reopened and hosts many Beat-orientated events. (Christopher Twarowski/CNS)

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jack Kerouac's most acclaimed novel, "On the Road." Celebrations commemorating the book are scheduled across the country.


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