Yes, there were. In my little hometown city in Upstate New York in the early 1960s we would frequently see a fellow slouching around sporting a Maynard G. Krebs-style beard, wearing a beret, chinos, and sneakers, and carrying a plastic bag with an airline logo on it, an exotic accessory for the times when none of us flew. Naturally we thought of him as a beatnik. I learned later that he was the janitor at the federal building. I suppose he could have been both. I don't know his name; if his middle initial was G, I doubt that it stood for "Walter," which is what Bob Denver's Maynard G. Krebs used to say his G stood for, when asked. I found the Steve Allen interview with Jack Kerouac interesting, not least because apparently in 1959 they thought they could get away with intelligent talk on national television. Secondarily, it struck me that the tape was in color, and I believe color TV did not come into general use until the mid-1960s, though perhaps they filmed it in color even though it could only be broadcast in black and white. Happy Thanksgiving.