Vonnegut's Turn in 'Back to School'
STEVE INSKEEP: Good morning, this is I'm Steve Inskeep.
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., who died yesterday was an unhappy man who never stopped making people laugh. Millions remember him for his novels. Others remember him for a movie. Rodney Dangerfield's character goes "Back to School" and hires a man to write his paper.
(Soundbite of movie "Back To School")
Mr. KEITH GORDON (Actor): (As Jason Melon) You got a major paper come out on Kurt Vonnegut. You haven't even read any of the books.
Mr. RODNEY DANGERFIELD (Actor): (As Thornton Melon): I don't understand a word of it.
Mr. GORDON: (As Jason Melon) How did you write a paper then, huh?
Mr. KURT VONNEGUT (Writer): (As Himself) Hi, I'm Kurt Vonnegut.
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