Kurt Vonnegut, Jr, 1922 - 2007

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Born: 11 November 1922, Indianapolis, Indiana
Died: 11 April 2007, New York City

Kurt Vonnegut wrote for the daily school paper at Shortridge High School at Indianapolis, then went on to Cornell University but couldn't connect with the subjects his father had pushed him to pursue, although he enjoyed writing for the Cornell Daily Sun. He joined the army and was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge. He survived the fire bombing of Dresden huddled in an underground meat locker, the genesis of Slaughterhouse Five. After the war he studied anthropology at the University of Chicago where the faculty unanimously rejected his thesis in 1946 — they decided to grant his Masters degree in 1971 based on Cat's Cradle. He worked in public relations for General Electric in upstate New York and served as a volunteer fire fighter in Alplaus, a nearby town, and received honors as a fallen brother from that department at his death. Vonnegut turned to writing full time in 1951 with great success starting in the '60s. I'm one of many that will always display a wry smile when I hear the phrase "Breakfast of Champions." Although he greatly admired Jesus, particularly the Beatitudes, he considered himself "irreligious" and was honorary president of the American Humanist Association. His early work was signed "Kurt Vonnegut, Jr", the "Jr" was dropped beginning with Slapstick in 1976. A long-time heavy smoker, he escaped the worst effects of that, but suffered irreversible brain injuries in a fall at his home and died soon after.

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