Is mentioned by Bob Dylan in his memoir 'Chronicles Vol. I': "I had to find out who Woody Guthrie was. It didn't take me long. Dave Whittaker, one of the Svengali-type Beats on the scene, happened to have Woody's autobiography, Bound for Glory, and he lent it to me. I went through it from cover to cover like a hurricane, totally focused on every word, and the book sang out to me like the radio.".
In 1961, Whitaker met a University of Minnesota freshman named Robert Zimmerman, who was wrestling with his life's purpose. He introduced young Zimmerman to the folk music of Woody Guthrie, and gave Zimmerman a copy of Guthrie's autobiography "Bound for Glory," a book about riding freight trains and playing the guitar on picket lines. Zimmerman decided to hitchhike to New York City to track down Guthrie and to become a folk singer himself. Along the way, Zimmerman changed his name to Bob Dylan. A few weeks later, Dylan sent Whitaker a postcard that read: "Dear Dave, I met Woody, He likes my stuff. -Bob.".
Legendary San Francisco Beat Poet, radio host, and activist.
Attended high school with Bonnie Beecher.