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Neal Cassady
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    (February 8, 1926-February 4, 1968)
    Considered the real genius behind the Beat movement even though never published a book
    Appeared as a main character in books by John Clellon Holmes, Jack Kerouac and Tom Wolfe
    He had a sexual affair with fellow beat-icon Allen Ginsberg while balancing it with the numerous other heterosexual relationships and a wife.
    The Grateful Dead sing about 'Cowboy Neal' in their lyrics.
    He served a two-year stretch in San Quentin prison.
    He got his friend, Diane Hanson, pregnant and married her while still married to Carolyn Cassady.
    Even though they had three children, his wife Carolyn Cassady said she asked for a divorce 'hoping to free him from family responsibilities.'
    A friend once said that: 'If the Marlboro man smoked dope his name would be Neal Cassady.'
    He suffered from manic depression.
    He was raised by an alcoholic father on skid row.
    His son John Allen is named after Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.
    In the 1960's, Cassady became the muse for novelist Ken Kesey.
    Allen Ginsberg said that without Neal Cassady, the Beat Generation would never have happened.
    He was a hero of the 1960s counterculture.
    Jack Kerouac didn't bat an eye when told the news his friend and character in his novels 'On The Road,' 'Visions of Cody,' 'Dharma Bums,' 'The Subterraneans,' 'Big Sur,' and 'Desolation Angels' died on a railroad track in Mexico.

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