Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Hollywood and the Military

VIPs in Uniform is an excellent article from 2006 that touches upon some of the official, military files on the rich and famous that also feature in Celebrity Secrets, such as the Navy files on acclaimed (but tortured) writer Jack Kerouac; fret-master Jimi Hendrix; and several others.

Kerouac is without doubt my favorite author; and to get hold of his medical files from his time with the Navy was very satisfying; but unfortunate too, as the files demonstrate all too clearly the inner demons that plagued the great man throughout his life and right up until his tragic, booze-induced death at only 47.

Still, he left us with some of the finest and most influential written work of all time.

You'll always be remembered, Jack.


Mac said...

I like Kerouac too, although my favorite Beat is William Burroughs, who I actually got to *speak to*. What a surreal experience!

Nick Redfern said...


Yeah, that must have been a very memorable experience to get to speak to someone like Burroughs.

That's like one of those once in a lifetime things.

Very cool!