People: May 24, 1982

Out in the back pasture, rusting in the high sage grass of Ken Kesey's Pleasant Hill, Ore., cattle farm, rests Further, the wildly painted, 1939 International Harvester bus that ferried his celebrated Merry Pranksters on their acid-fueled, cross-continental odyssey in the summer of 1964. To Kesey, 46, author of One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion, the immobile old wreck is a pop-cultural relic of those headier days when "a person was either on the bus or off the bus." As it happened, even the driver disembarked. "I thought...

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