Neal Cassidy, beside from being the character behind Dean in On The Road, was the bus driver for a large part of Ken Kesey’s trip across the US in Further (the name of the bus they travelled in). He was a member of Kesey’s Merry Prankster coterie and was the inspiration for that great first set closer “Cassidy,” by the Grateful Dead.
A speed freak and benzedrine addict, Cassidy died in Mexico in the late 1960s.
He is a fascinating character and was hailed by nearly everyone that I’ve ever heard mention him as an American original. He is also the the indirect source of my most famous comment “Turn down the radio. We’re at an intersection.”
“I have seen where the wolf has slept by a silver stream”