Born in November of 1922, Kurt Vonnegut was only 17 years old when he was graduated from Shortridge High School in June of 1940. He was not old enough to drink in a bar in the summer after high school. Once Kurt left his hometown for college in the fall of 1940, he did not ever physically reside in Indianapolis again for any length of time. He came home on vacation breaks from Cornell University, but his trips to Indianapolis were brief sojourns from his college studies. Also, the legal drinking age in Indiana was 21 in the 1940s, and Kurt was still a minor throughout the entire time he attended Cornell University.
Alcohol laws of Indiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984; References
APIS - State Profiles of Underage Drinking Laws