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Northern Michigan University


Northern Michigan University
It took us all day and 500 miles to get to Marquette, Michigan from Detroit. Starting around 7 PM for a hundred and twenty miles the wind blowing in off of Lake Superior knocked us from one side of the road to the other. The Beatmobile was like a giant aluminum sail as we passed by that Big Lake They Call Gitche Gumee, but we powered our way through and landed in the Upper Peninsula in fine fashion.

Our hostess, Jody, met us at 10 PM and got us all settled in to the middle of the campus for the next day. Jody had arranged our visit like a military operation – “OK, I’ll be bringing you coffee at 9 o’clock, at 10 AM the TV Station is coming to interview you, at One PM the Newspaper will be here to take your picture. At 4 PM you have a “Meet & Greet” with the English Department in the Faculty Lounge. Sound Check is at 5:30, Ray will take you to get showers at 6:00 PM and the performance starts at 7:00 PM sharp.”

And I’ll be damned if the entire day didn’t go precisely as Jody had planned it out.

The next day we had so many students drop by we couldn’t keep up! At one point I found myself double-booked and when I came charging back late to the Beatmobile to meet with a Professor and his class I found that John had already engaged them and held them in rapt attention.

Later that night our sponsoring organization Sigma Tau Delta (STD) presented us with the ceremonial shirts and the English Department then took us our for a late night snack. After running for 17 hours straight we slept well that night.



NMU School Newspaper Prior to Our Arrival


Early Arrivers Come to Greet Us


The Panels were Set Up in the Student Center


The Beats are All the Rage at NMU


Jody Arranged for Local NBC News to Come Out


John is In His Glory


Being Interviewed for Local News that Ran at Six PM


There is a Real Interest in All Things Beat at NMU


John Talking About Neal and Carolyn


These Two were Neal Fans


The Future of America


Impaled is a Tattoo Parlor Aaron Works at Downtown


The Students Kept Coming All Day Long


Ray, Jody and John


Theo of Dead River Coffee Sat at Our Table in the Student Center


Entire Classes Came Out to Hear About the Beats


John Making a Point


Jody's Daughter Morgan and Son Dylan


The Local Newspaper Came By for a Photo Op


With Jody After a Successful Morning


A 4:00 PM English Department Reception


Allison Holding Photo Book of Herself with Ginsberg at Naropa


Sigma Tau Delta Presenting Us with Their Shirts


The Auditorium Begins to Fill


Our Youngest Beat Fan


Laughing At One of John's Jokes


Signing Books After the Show


Everyone Wants to Say Hello


After Hours with the English Department


NMU Post Performance Newspaper


Sleeping in the Rig in the Middle of Campus

 

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