Jerry Cimino opens the Beat Museum in San Francisco. I wish I had been able to make the opening to see the guest of honor – Carolyn Cassady, the 82-year-old widow of Neal Cassady.
Nearly half a century after they flourished in North Beach, the Beats are back in San Francisco.
A modest enterprise called the Beat Museum is staging a grand opening at 7 p.m. today at its new digs at 1345 Grant Ave. featuring a collection of books, manuscripts and ephemera from the days when poets, artists, writers and all the rest made the scene on upper Grant.
In addition, on Saturday the San Francisco Public Library opens a display of the original manuscript of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road.” Kerouac’s manuscript beats all: It is a scroll 120 feet long that Kerouac used to produce his book on a typewriter in an amazing 20-day writing frenzy back in 1951.