Sunday, June 2, 2019

Remembering Gerard Kerouac, Albert Saijo, and a friend

(Left to right) Jack Kerouac's brother, Gerard; Jack's friend Albert Saijo; my friend Matt Noldy


June 2 is the day and month that Gerard Kerouac (1926) and Albert Saijo (2011) died. As regular readers know,  Gerard was Jack Kerouac's inspiration for Visions of Gerard and also appeared as Gerard Duluoz in Doctor Sax, Visions of Cody, and Book of Dreams. He also appeared as Julian Martin in The Town and the City. Albert appeared as George Baso in Big Sur and co-authored Trip Trap: Haiku on the Road with Kerouac and Lew Welch based on a road trip across America in Welch's jeep.

I just learned that a good friend of mine, Matt Noldy, died last night and want to wish him safe travels in the afterlife along with Gerard and Albert. The heavenly band is much improved with the addition of Matt. He was only 44 years old.

I'm posting this by phone or I'd say more and include pictures. Maybe I'll edit the post when I get home. It's a tough day for me....

P.S. As you can see, I've added pics but I've got little more to say at this point. Maybe I'll say more about Matt later on. Regarding Gerard and Albert, I've blogged about them here and here and here.


4 comments:

Unknown said...

Sorry for your loss.

Kurt Phaneuf said...

So sorry for your loss, Rick...

KerouacJack said...

Sorry for your lost, Rick. 44...way too young to pass over.

Denise said...

I'm so sorry to hear of your friend's passing, Rick. My condolences.