Knowledge Identifier: +Kurt_Vonnegut
Born in 1922.
Countries: United States (72%), Indiana (5%), Massachusetts (5%)
Linked to: American Civil Liberties Union, Case Western Reserve University, City College of New York, Cornell University
While a prisoner, he witnessed the fire bombing of Dresden in February 1945 which destroyed most of the city
General Electric - In the early 1950s Kurt Vonnegut was a writer for General Electric
Early in his adult life he moved to Barnstable, Massachusetts, a town on Cape Cod, where, in 1957, he established one of the first Saab dealerships in the U.S. The business failed within a year
His son, Mark Vonnegut, a pediatrician, wrote two books, one about his experiences in the late 1960s and his major psychotic breakdown and recovery, and one which includes anecdotes of growing up as his father was a struggling writer, his subsequent illness and a more recent breakdown in 1985, and what life has been like since
John Irving - In the late 1960s, he studied with Kurt Vonnegut at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop
It was formed in 1961 from a denominational merger of Unitarians and Universalists in the United States
In 1968, he signed the Writers and Editors War Tax Protest pledge, vowing to refuse tax payments in protest against the Vietnam War.
Michael Crichton - In 1969, Crichton wrote a review for "The New Republic" , critiquing "Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut
Dianne Wiest - She was an understudy both off-Broadway and on Broadway, in Kurt Vonnegut's Happy Birthday, Wanda June in 1970.
The University of Chicago later accepted his novel "Cat's Cradle" as his thesis, citing its anthropological content, and awarded him the M.A. degree in 1971
Art Garfunkel - He reportedly turned down the role of Billy Pilgrim in the adaption of Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five" in 1972
He did not divorce Cox until 1979, but from 1970 Vonnegut lived with the woman who would later become his second wife, photographer Jill Krementz
Roy Cohn - Kurt Vonnegut included a fictionalized character named Roy M. Cohn in his 1979 novel "Jailbird"
Alan Menken - Menken's first major professional work was with Ashman for the Off-Broadway 1979 WPA Theatre production of the play "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater", an adaptation of a Kurt Vonnegut novel
Petr Lebl - In 1982, as a high-school student, Lébl attempted to create scenic variations on the theme of the novel Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut
Isaac Asimov - From 1985 until his death in 1992, he served as president of the AHA, an honorary appointment; his successor was his friend and fellow writer Kurt Vonnegut
In 1986, Vonnegut spoke to a gathering of Unitarian Universalists in Rochester, New York, and the text of his speech is reprinted in his book "Fates Worse Than Death"
Robert B. Weide - Weide wrote and produced the 1996 film adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's "Mother Night"
He did not regard the 2004 election with much optimism; speaking of Bush and John Kerry, he said that "no matter which one wins, we will have a Skull and Bones President at a time when entire vertebrate species, because of how we have poisoned the topsoil, the waters and the atmosphere, are becoming, hey presto, nothing but skulls and bones
Stanley Tucci - In 2004, Caedmon Audio released an audiobook of Tucci reading Kurt Vonnegut's 1973 novel "Breakfast of Champions"
Jerry Orbach - Author Kurt Vonnegut was a fan of Orbach, and during an Australian radio interview in 2005 he said, "People have asked me, you know, 'Who would you rather be, than yourself-'," and he replied "Jerry Orbach, without a question
Gore Vidal - In April 2009, Vidal accepted appointment to the position of honorary president of the American Humanist Association, succeeding Kurt Vonnegut
In May 2014, Vonnegut's daughter Nanette Vonnegut published a book of her father's drawings entitled "Kurt Vonnegut Drawings" through Monacelli Press, a division of Random House