Over a million previously sealed documents in The National Archives will be made available to the public this Saturday. The National Personnel Records Center near St. Louis, Missouri will highlight the files of prominent people who served in the military — such as John F. Kennedy, Jackie Robinson and Jack Kerouac. According to the Associated Press story:
Writer Jack Kerouac, who enlisted in the Navy, was confined to a military hospital for a period in 1943 while psychiatrists tried to determine if he had a mental disorder.
“Patient’s father, Leo A. Kerouac states that his son has been `boiling’ for a long time,” one entry notes.
Another reads: “Without any particular training or background, this patient, just prior to his enlistment, enthusiastically embarked upon the writing of novels. He sees nothing unusual in this activity.”