(November 11, 1922-April 11, 2007)
Wrote 'Happy Birthday, Wanda June,' 'Player Piano,' 'The Sirens of Titan,' 'Cat's Cradle,' 'God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater,' 'Welcome to the Monkey House,' 'Slaughterhouse-Five,' 'Breakfast of Champions,' 'Galapagos,' 'Hocus Pocus' and 'Timequake'
Contributor to 'In These Times' magazine
Why he might be annoying
He was a pacifist who was born on Armistice (now Veteran's) Day.
He smoked Pall Mall cigarettes because he said they are a classy way to commit suicide.
He was a socialist in the tradition of Eugene Debs.
He disliked technology and the Internet, saying: 'What I've said about the computer revolution is that it's allowed white collar criminals to do what the Mob would have loved to do- put a pawn shop and a loan shark in every home!'
His epitaph for the 20th century is: 'The good Earth- we could have saved it, but we were too damn cheap and lazy.'
According to Kevin Murphy, he turned down a dinner invitation from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew because he claimed he was busy. Later that night, they saw him eating alone in the same restaurant.
He disliked the film adaptation of 'Happy Birthday, Wanda June,' and wanted his name removed from the credits.
Why he might not be annoying
He attended Cornell University and the University of Chicago.
He was a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany when it was fire-bombed during World War II.
His books are witty, humorous and satirical.
He poked fun at himself through his alter-ego Kilgore Trout.
He adopted his sister's three children after both she and her husband died within days of each other.
He was named Humanist of the Year by the American Humanist Association (1992).
'Slaughterhouse-Five' ranked #18 on Modern Library’s Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century.
Credit: Call me Calvin
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For 2017, as of last week, Out of 3 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 5 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 22 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 23 Votes: 52.17% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 31 Votes: 51.61% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 53 Votes: 35.85% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 20 Votes: 40.0% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 137 Votes: 55.47% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 51 Votes: 43.14% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 58 Votes: 39.66% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 313 Votes: 44.41% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 242 Votes: 41.32% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 385 Votes: 46.49% Annoying
In 2004, Out of 140 Votes: 45.00% Annoying
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