tv Intellectual Movement in San Luis Obispo County CSPAN April 6, 2019 5:35pm-5:46pm EDT
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>> the coastal awakening was this cultural movement that was set up when jack kerouac's scroll of "on the road" was coming to our local library. i had known from research we did that jack kerouac lived in san luis obispo for a while and worked in san luis. of course, his literary style was outside the box and some of his characters, like neil cassidy, were on a different level. so we thought, well, let's name five or six people in our history that went against the grain or thought outside the box. for instance, art beale. he was known as captain nitwit or dr. tinkerpaw. he was working on the chapel when they first started and decided he would do an anti-hearst castle and build it
out of driftwood, seashells, and that kind of thing. he also acted in vaudeville, was a merchant marine. he ended up being a poet and songwriter, but he was just a tremendous guy who invented his own vernacular and did all this artwork in his home and around, and he became a real legend in the cambria area, which is on the north coast. this is jack kerouac. lived in sanouac luis obispo in 1952 and 1953. he was a break man on the southern pacific railroad. he wrote about it, wrote letters about it. if you know anything about jack kerouac, he was always concerned about his mother and wanted to make sure his mother had a nice home. he really thought about buying a trailer in san luis obispo, even
thought -- even had it picked out in the trailer park, and moving her to san luis obispo. we know he liked to walk where the river went by the mission, now mission plaza, and score marijuana. he talks about that in his book. he also talks about going to the beach and listening to the breakers and the chevron tankers'anchor go down. basically he was just in this period where he was trying to publish "on the road," but at the same time had to make a living. in those days, you could be a brake man on the southern pacific and support yourself. engines,as taking the pulling the train over to the top of the great, and then once the trade made it over the top, they could come back to san luis obispo. so he basically did that run, from the station in san luis obispo over the grade.
to what we call the san margarita transfer point, then come back. , theguy, gavin arthur grandson of president chester a arthur, he was like a santa barbara trust baby that went to 19's and ran into a lot of irish republicans there and even provided funds so they could import guns. they gave him his nickname of gavin. so gavin came back to santa downra and eventually went to the dunes in oceana and to halcion to see the utopia. do, to publish the dune forum and make it like this west coast literary magazine.
, alongin was the editor with another guy. creative and very he built a large where other creative writers and people could come to, and that was frequented by, you know, a lot of famous people. they say everybody from wc fields to john steinbeck to george o'keefe, those people would visit the dunes and stay at moi mill, where gavin was. ,hen world war ii comes along gavin becomes a merchant marine, then he goes to san francisco. and in san francisco, he had a newspaper kiosk, and the famous san francisco columnist hurricane -- columnist herb cain
would always buy a newspaper there. gavin by this time wrote a book there, which we have over here, this circle of sex. he was talking about no one is completely straight or completely gay, there is just different dials of straightness or gaiyness. this is really a popular book. it was like the kinsey report. in san francisco, they would call gavin the father of the gay liberation movement. and that's gavin. this is ellie young. gavinas irish and she met in the 19's in ireland, gave him the name of gavin. she supported the irish republican army and was deal theyin the 1920 had with england, where northern
ireland would remain under english control. so she left and move to the united states. ,he ended up being at halcyon the commune, and she also ended atteaching irish mythology the university of california at berkeley. she was a great storyteller. she wrote books about irish myths, poetry books. she had a program on the radio. and she was like the heart and soul of the mystic knights. ellie young. last but not least, we are talking about another new knight that was off to be path, george blais. george became famous as the book,ter in whiteman's face of the clan.
ine of the clan came out 1947, but it was just whiteman's view from the 1920's to 1930's, what went on in the dunes. he is the star of face of the clam, known as frenchy. he was the quintessential mystic. words, he was always trying to find ways to reach nirvana, through different meditation, fasting, whatever techniques. beard, heong hair and ended up going to where they were filming the movie "the 10 commandments," and he was spotted by a producer-director, and they decided he would be perfect for the movie. so he played a role in that "face and at the end of
of the clam," he goes to hollywood, saying he will be back. this is the quintessential nudist, frenchy. could all this go on now? well, frenchy would have been run over by a dune buggy. deportedg would be because she was ira. no one would ever let a house e's nitwit ridge rebuilt, because of county codes. the only thing they would allow would be jack kerouac going to mission plaza to score marijuana, and maybe frenchy to go naked at pirates cove. san luis obispo, california, is one of the many cities we have toward to explore the american story. to watch more of our visit and ther cities' visits across country, go to
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