Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84

Posted on 12. Apr, 2007 by in 1950-1959, 2000-2009, 93, 95, 96, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

200px-vonnegut12.jpgNovelist Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84 years old. One of his most notable novels includes Slaughterhouse-Five. Outside of writing, Kurt Vonnegut found himself during a short period of time working as a SAAB salesman by running a Cape Code automobile dealership in West Barnstable, Massachusetts called “SAAB Cape Cod”.

I am currently looking for the years he ran SAAB Cape Cod along with any photographs of that dealership.

Update: With a few quick calls to Hyannis Saab and the local West Barnstable Library, both in Cape Cod, Massacchusetts, I have heard that no one was familiar with a dealership in that area at that time. If someone could shed some more light on this, I would appreciate it.

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2 Responses to “Novelist Kurt Vonnegut dies at 84”

  1. Bruce Harbison

    12. Apr, 2007

    Mr. V. was interviewed by David B. on the PBS Show NOW last year. Mr. V had a note pad in his hand (which they showed on camera) that had the name of the dealership on it. Later there was some discussion on V-saab about this topic. Perhaps that will help you locate the dealership.

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  2. Mark Bourbeau

    13. Apr, 2007

    My father, an artist and friend of Vonnegut’s at the time, worked with him in the Saab Dealership. It was a shoestring operation, and only lasted a short time, but was located in what I think was the old West Barnstable fire station on Route 6A, which is still there. I can remember my dad manning the store, so to speak, and also remember at about age 6 (1958) breaking down on the Mass Pike near Springfield or so in winter in the new Saab demo car my dad was given to drive. As I recall it broke down several times.

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