Jack Kerouac: Poet, Football Player

I missed this little bit of trivia in high school poetry class. Jack Kerouac was once a star fullback on his high school football team before he broke his leg while a freshman at Columbia University during practice.

Speaking of writers and sports, I love this popular anecdote about Kurt Vonnegut.

Back in the mid-1950s, he was employed by Sports Illustrated, briefly. He reported to work, was asked to write a short piece on a racehorse that had jumped over a fence and tried to run away. Kurt stared at the blank piece of paper all morning and then typed, “The horse jumped over the fucking fence,” and walked out, self-employed again.

Love it.


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