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The book makes it clear. Chapter 5: At the time he wrote these words, he was holding down a full-time job, flipping Quarter Pounders at a McDonald’s on the main drag, commuting to work on a bicycle. Outwardly, he was living a surprisingly conventional existence, even going so far as to open a savings account at a local bank. Curiously, when ...


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As R.J. MacReady mentioned in a comment, apparently they made up the parts of the movie where he destroyed his ID's and refused to get new ones. A local dog musher read about his story, went to the bus, found his backpack, and after keeping it for years and showing it off in interviews he sent a wallet from the backpack with all of these ID's to the family (...


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It is explained more in the book the film is based on. Chapter 3: Westerberg, in his mid-thirties, was brought to Carthage as a young boy by adoptive parents. A Renaissance man of the plains, he is a farmer, welder, businessman, machinist, ace mechanic, commodities speculator, licensed airplane pilot, computer programmer, electronics troubleshooter, ...



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