INTRODUCTION This is an homage to Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.. It is the continuation of his biography of Eliot Rosewater, heir to the Indiana Rosewater family’s wealth. V’s documentation of Mr. Rosewater’s great fortune ended on a happy note. It is not the end of the story. Eliot Rosewater, for those unfamiliar with his history, served in the United States Army and he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a captain. He was driven insane by the realization that, in the heat of battle, he had accidentally blown three innocent volunteer firemen to bits with a hand grenade. He thought they were German soldiers. He was treated by Army psychiatrists. While in the hospital, he met his future wife, Sylvia. She was a nurse. After the war, he started a philanthropic foundation to help the needy. He was a terrible alcoholic and had a sad tendency to wander the United States in an inebriated condition. This went of for years and years. Sylvia divorced him. Besides being the benefactor of several volunteer firefighting organizations throughout the continental United States, he was revered by many of the inbred citizens of Rosewater County, Indiana. Eliot Rosewater was obsessed with science fiction. Specifically, he believed that an unsuccessful writer named Kilgore Trout was a visionary genius. The following is the story of Eliot Rosewater, starting in 1972 and ending, of course, in 1944.
(Chapter 1 will be posted in two weeks)