The adoptive father of Dwayne Hoover, and the birth father of Lyle and Kyle Hoover. Dwayne’s stepfather and stepmother were initially unable to have children of their own when their adoption of Dwayne “triggered” something inside of them “which made it possible for them to have children after all,” which, Vonnegut claims, “is a common phenomenon.” Dwayne’s stepfather, originally named Hoobler from West Virginia, moved to Midland City during the First War World, and after finding a large community of black people with the last name Hoobler living there, he changes their family name to Hoover to avoid association with people of color. Dwayne’s stepfather is a blatant racist, and he is the personification of racism in American society.
Dwayne’s Stepfather Character Timeline in Breakfast of Champions
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...citizens were named Hoobler, they promptly change their name to Hoover. “It was embarrassing,” Dwayne’s stepfather said. “Everybody up here naturally assumed Hoobler was a Nigger name.” (full context)