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All Roads Lead to Rocky Mount by Dan Barth       Page 7


We left the train station and drove to the next stop on our tour, 1311 Raleigh Road, where Paul Blake once ran a tv repair shop. Here are a couple of scenes along the way.


Marks Bros, Inc

Truck in Rocky Mount

"Men grow and forget to play - they scowl over big trucks kids would give their eye-teeth to play with - Part of man's ignorance is, he doesn't go on playing when he "grows up" - If he did the world would be wild and Heavenly!"
~ Kerouac, Some of the Dharma

Here are a couple of pictures of the shop. At times Kerouac worked here. Quite a few of his letters from 1955 and 1956 have this return address. I guess he had a lot of slack time. Or maybe mail delivery was quicker here in town than out in Big Easonburg where the Blakes had moved. Most likely he didn't want his mother to intercept his mail and know whom his correspondents were. In John Dorfner's 1989 photo of this location, in his book Kerouac: Visions of Rocky Mount, it is still a tv repair shop. In the summer of 1996 it stood vacant.


Nate framed in TV shop doorway

Dan and Nate out front of TV shop


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