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more on a hero

Posted on 2007.04.13 at 11:12

Posted by </a></b></a>carl_sagan on 2007.04.13 at 15:34 

" Do you know what a Humanist is? I am honorary president of the American Humanist Association, having succeeded the late, great science fiction writer Isaac Asimov in that functionless capacity. We Humanists try to behave well without any expectation of rewards or punishments in an afterlife. We serve as best we can the only abstraction with which wehave any real familiarity, which is our community.

"We had a memorial services for Isaac a few years back, and at one point I said, "Isaac is up in Heaven now." It was the funniest thing I could have said to a group of Humanists. I rolled them in the aisles.It was several minutes before order could be restored. And if I should ever die, God forbid, I hope you will say, 'Kurt is up in Heaven now.'That's my favorite joke."   - kurt vonnegut

madman says - of course the real carl sagan is also moon dust - the lj friend who posted this quote by vonnegut also posts things in the lj communities thelunarsociety and convert_me - and i suspect his true identity might be underground cartoonist, august j pollak

more on vonnegut, who came form the same city (indianapolis) as that other comic genius, david letterman - http://www.auburnpub.com/articles/2007/04/12/news/state/state04.txt - and from THE ONION - http://www.theonion.com/content/node/60651?utm_source=onion_rss_daily - and a vonnegut lj community - bokononism


etcblahblah at 2007-04-13 19:33 (UTC) (Lien)
Awwwwwww, Kurt. I called my mom about this and we had a sniffling contest on the phone.

It's too bad, really.
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madman101 at 2007-04-13 22:34 (UTC) (Lien)
yes - very sad - i wondered if maybe he knew the "bc" guy and just decided to go as well

i was actually surprised he lived so long - with his harsh sense of reality and his schizophrenic and family probs

he outived his glory days, but one of the most influential writers and comedians of the 20th century - heller, irving, me, the list is endless
the green bastard...
seymour_glass at 2007-04-13 20:38 (UTC) (Lien)
one of my favourite authors of all time...but we all have to go sometime and he lived a pretty full and enriching life...and he'll leave a great legacy...
where hypotheses come to die
madman101 at 2007-04-13 22:35 (UTC) (Lien)
yes - a major legacy

the beat poets were only half the story

i've read almost all his books - loved him
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