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A Fort Wayne guy looking for some King history

Discussion in 'Newbies Start Here' started by RobH1977, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. RobH1977

    RobH1977 New Member

    Hi all,

    I'm new to the board (although I've visited often) and I'm here because I'm trying to put some pieces together. It's probably a mix of sentimentality, superstition, and OCD, but I've read about King living in my hometown of Fort Wayne, IN and I've always been curious about what his life was like here. I know it was a short time and he was very young, but I've always wondered if any of his work was even slightly influenced by the time he spent in the city I've lived in for 37 years. I guess this is my first stab at tracking down some of this history. Anyone have any direction for me?

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  2. Moderator

    Moderator Ms. Mod Administrator

    I think he wrote a little about his days in Fort Wayne in his book On Writing but don't recall if he mentioned any particular story having been influenced by his time there. It's been quite a while since I've read On Writing, though.
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  3. RobH1977

    RobH1977 New Member

    Thanks for the reply! I'm actually listening to On Writing right now :) He does mention Indiana, but doesn't exactly pinpoint if any of the specific stories happened in FW. I wonder if he's written about it anywhere else. Of course, it would be great to chat with him personally about his time in the Fort :)
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2014
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  4. kingricefan

    kingricefan All-being, keeper of Space, Time & Dimension.

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  5. RobH1977

    RobH1977 New Member

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  6. king family fan

    king family fan Prolific member

    Welcome and stick around and enjoy our company.
  7. RobH1977

    RobH1977 New Member

    Thanks, I may just do that. You all seem like nice enough folk.
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  8. Haunted

    Haunted This is my favorite place

  9. bigkingfan91

    bigkingfan91 Well-Known Member

    I have no clue to be honest but that's an interesting question thanks for pointing that out!
    Welcome and enjoy your stay we are glad to have you here!
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  10. VultureLvr45

    VultureLvr45 Well-Known Member

    Welcome Rob,

    I think we all would like to have a discussion with Stephen King. In the meantime, why don't ya hang out and talk with the locals?
  11. Walter Oobleck

    Walter Oobleck keeps coming back...or going, and going, and going

    Maybe the fictional town of Powtanville...Trashcan Man's hometown? There's a Indiana Highway 130, going to Gary (277)...for what it's worth in The Stand. Curious, so I look at a map...there is that highway 30. Is there a real highway 130? Chapter 34 of The Stand if you're interested. Too...reading the opener, I thought about that...guy who stays in the corner rooms of hotels...what was he a traveling salesman? Memory is foggy. Was that Indiana? The story had a "heartland" feel to it...not quite big city and not quite rural. Or maybe Father Callahan in his travels passed through.
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

  13. Chazel1972

    Chazel1972 Well-Known Member

    There is some traveling through Indiana and Illinois in The Talisman too.
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  14. HollyGolightly

    HollyGolightly Well-Known Member

  15. mustangclaire

    mustangclaire There's petrol runnin' through my veins.

    Welcome. Stick around, the people are just grand :)
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  16. Dana Jean

    Dana Jean Dirty Pirate Hooker Moderator

    Hey rob, welcome!
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    GNTLGNT The idiot is IN

    ...Ohio as well...
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  18. Neesy

    Neesy #1 fan (Annie Wilkes cousin) 1st cousin Mom's side

    Yes the people ARE just grand - and some of them are GIANT!
    Welcome to the SKMB! :bee: Don't bee a stranger! :adoration:
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