Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Kurt Vonnegut and his Pall Mall Suing Intent


Smoking Related Suits
Kurt Vonnegut was a popular 20th century writer. As a citizen he was an ultimate supporter of the American Civil Liberties Union and a critical pacifist intellectual. His most well known novels are Slaughterhouse Five, Cat’s Cradle and Breakfast of Champions. Most of his works combined satire with science fiction and humor.

This humor was exemplified when Vonnegut threatened to sue a cigarette company for not killing him. His exact quote was: “Here's the news: I am going to sue the Brown & Williamson Tobacco Company, manufacturers of Pall Mall cigarettes, for a billion bucks! Starting when I was only twelve years old, I have never chain-smoked anything but unfiltered Pall Malls. And for many years now, right on the package, Brown & Williamson have promised to kill me. But I am eighty-two. Thanks a lot, you dirty rats.”

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