Novelist Kurt Vonnegut died at the age of 84. ABC and NBC had their anchors pay tribute. NBC's Brian Williams called him the author of "books that appeared on countless required reading lists." ABC's Charles Gibson dug up Konnegut's complaint against Brown & Williamson's cigarettes on PBS' Now: "On their package they promise to kill me and they have not done it." CBS assigned Richard Schlesinger to file an obituary: he wrote Slaughterhouse Five after witnessing the firebombing of Dresden during World War II but it was released during the Vietnam War, making Vonnegut "a cultural icon--although a very low key one."
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