"Brilliant! Your “exit interview” article with Indianapolis’ own Kurt Vonnegut last February (Cover, April 18-25).
Also brilliant! Kurt’s remark that “New York would be a Kokomo if it weren’t for Middlewesterners coming there.” (One of my sons lives and works there carrying Kurt’s torch forward.)
And further brilliant! Kurt’s noting that “the [Indianapolis] public schools were really something and I am a product of those in Indianapolis.” (My IPS high school English teachers could have taught him at Shortridge.)
And finally, brilliant! Your reprint of Kurt’s speech at the Athenaeum on Oct. 10, 1996 ... with his wry reminders of how we Americans really are a mix of so many diverse antecedents — he makes me proud to be an American, and a Hoosier, all over again!
I hope Indy can ratchet things up a notch in his honor this year — we see too few like him in a lifetime.
Thank you for honoring him — he’d be proud to be on NUVO’s cover as the featured story. (He, and Isaac Azimov, are probably winking at you for remembering him so well from, as Kurt might put it, “up in heaven.”)
Frank W. Hogan