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Thread #31055   Message #3261195
Posted By: Greg B
21-Nov-11 - 06:44 PM
Thread Name: Pastures of Plenty (Woody Guthrie)-public domain?
Subject: RE: Pastures of Plenty (Woody Guthrie)
"A damn good read by the way."

Bill Doerflinger told me that he basically ghost-wrote the book Bound for Glory. He said that Woody at that point in his life didn't have the kind of organization and focus that was needed to produce a coherent manuscript.

During the process, Woody stayed much of the time at the Doerflingers' big old yellow brick house in Convent Station, NJ. (Bill said that the place had something like 90 windows, and I believe it. One definitely needed a good sweater when visiting in the winter.)

Guthrie afficianados will recall that Woody began his hospital stay at Greystone in Morris County New Jersey after being picked up wandering at night and confused on old Highway 24 (now 124). Well, folks, that spot was just a very short distance from the Doerflinger house, which is just a block off of that main road.

I have to believe that Woody made up his mind to go and drop in on Bill and either walked the wrong direction or got off at the wrong station, thus beginning one of the closing chapters of his life.