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Bummer.  It's a nice piece of writing.  I still like it.  Gonna keep it and
pass it on to folks (with the real author's name attached).

Ed.
This about sums up yours truly on a bad day:  "Your heart may be in the
right place, but you STILL have your head up your [orifice deleted]."

>Ed,
>
>There is a piece in today's Chronicle of Higher Ed  on-line version that
>this is the most popular commencement address but is a hoax.  Vonnegut
>never wrote it. Here is portion of that article.  T
>
>
>
> Commencement Speech by Vonnegut
> Is Revealed as On-Line Hoax
>
> By JEFFREY R. YOUNG
>
> It could justifiably be called the most memorable commencement speech of
>the year,
> at least among Internet users who have been circulating it by electronic
>mail. It
> begins:
>
>        Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '97: Wear sunscreen. If I
>        could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be
>it.
>        The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by
>        scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more
>reliable
>        than my own meandering experience.
>
> The rest of the speech consists of a rapid-fire burst of witticisms, such
>as "Floss,"
> "Get plenty of calcium," and "Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but
>know
> that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by
>chewing
> bubble gum."
>
> It sounds like something Kurt Vonnegut might say. And, in fact, many
>copies of the  speech circulating on line bear the heading, "Vonnegut's
>M.I.T.Commencement Address."
>
> Naturally, the press office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
>has been fielding dozens of e-mail requests for copies of the commencement
>speech.Lisa Damtoft, who answers those messages for the press office,
>dutifully has sent back this year's words of wisdom. But some recipients
>have probably been disappointed to get a speech by Kofi A. Annan,
>Secretary General of the United Nations, who actually spoke at M.I.T.'s
>commencement, on June 6.
>
> After a little detective work, Ms. Damtoft found out that the "sunscreen"
>speech had  never been delivered at all. It is a fictional commencement
>address,written by Mary Schmich, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and
>published on June 1 in that newspaper. Ms. Schmich begins her column,
>"Inside every adult lurks a graduation  speaker dying to get out, some
>world-weary pundit eager to pontificate on life to  young people who'd
>rather be Rollerblading." The article makes no reference to Mr.
> Vonnegut.
>
> In fact, Ms. Schmich said Monday that she had not read a word by the
>author since  college. "I had not given Kurt Vonnegut a second thought
>since 1975," she said. "I  couldn't imitate Kurt Vonnegut if I tried."
>
> But for some reason, someone decided to give the remarks a new author and
> context. And many people, accepting the words as Mr. Vonnegut's, simply
>passed  the message on to friends. "You know what," said Ms. Schmich, "had
>I gotten it, I wouldn't have questioned the source either."
>
>Georgine Materniak
>Director
>University of Pittsburgh
>Learning Skills Center
>311 William Pitt Union
>Pittsburgh, PA  15260
>phone:  (412)648-7920
>fax:    (412)648-7924
>e-mail: [log in to unmask]