A beat poet. He is the cab-driver in Kerouac's Big Sur. He wrote the slogan "Raid kills bugs dead." He lived with Huey Lewis' mother for seven years and served as a kind of father-in-law for the future rock star. He left a suicide note and disappeared into the Sierra Nevada in 1971. His body was never found.

He wrote:

I saw myself
a ring of bone
in the clear stream
of all of it

and vowed,
always to be open to it
that all of it
might flow through

and then heard
"ring of bone" where
ring is what a

bell does