Ken Kesey

September 17
Kenneth Elton Kesey
September 17, 1935 - November 10, 2001
Born in La Junta, Colorado
Died in Pleasant Hill, Oregon from complications resulting from surgery at age 66.
 
"Your trouble is," Ken Kesey's father used to tell him, "you keep trying to unscrew the unscrutable." (from Demon Box)
 
What used to be "The Dorm" on the third floor of the Sylvia Beach Hotel (a room with bunk beds for back-packers) has been transformed into the "Cuckoo's Nest", aka the Ken Kesey room.  It features four twin beds, and the look and feel of the Oregon State Mental Hospital, with two toilets and a shower down the hall.  The restrooms also serve the library, and feature posters of the Merry Pranksters' bus, made famous in Tom Wolfe's chronicle The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.  And in these restrooms, I left my birthday gifts: back-of-the-toilet containers for the spare roll of t.p. and other sanitary items.  [This has since become my signature contribution to almost all of the rooms, regardless of any other birthday presents.]
 
My Guest Journal Entry:   Happy Birthday, Ken Kesey !!  You Rogue, Rascal, Bard of the Northwest, Knockabout, Spinner of Tall Tales, Heartbreaker, Mindbender, Troublemaker, Dog Smuggler, Bus Rider, Wrestler, Ching Thrower, Star Gazer.
Got you a little something for your bathrooms, man--Kelly.
 

 
 
 
 
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Kelly Paige,
Apr 22, 2013, 10:57 PM
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