Thursday, November 11, 2004

Veteran's Day 2004 - Kurt Vonnegut Jr.'s Birthday

A thought for today, further contemplating the Ultimate Answer to Life, The Universe, and Everything:
It's the birthday of Kurt Vonnegut Jr., (books by this author) born in Indianapolis, Indiana (1922). He's the author of many novels, including Cat's Cradle (1963), Hocus Pocus (1990) and, most recently, Timequake (1997). His family was descended from German immigrants, and both of his parents were fluent in German, but they did not teach the language to Kurt because he was born at a time when Americans still considered Germans an enemy from World War I. Vonnegut said, "[My parents] volunteered to make me ignorant and rootless as proof of their patriotism."

qv: The Writer's Almanac

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