LOWELL — Since 1993, Dean Contover has written dozens of letters in his quest to create a Jack Kerouac postage stamp.
He’s also received many from far-ranging figures who supported his efforts, from the late U.S. Sen. Paul Tsongas and former Gov. William Weld to late TV personalities Ed McMahon, a Lowell native, and Steve Allen.
“Post-World War II, he was the most prolific writer about the American scene, and that’s why I think he’s deserving of a stamp,” Contover said at The Sun office Monday morning, with 25 years of letters and news clippings spread in front of him.
The U.S. Postal Service Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee — the body that considers stamp proposals and makes recommendations to the postmaster general — has reviewed the Chelmsford native’s proposal to create a Kerouac stamp in the past, but it didn’t get any further.