She was awesome with homour (no wonder she was the World`s most celebrated humor columnist). Something, I have always wanted to be. Here is an online Museum in her name..with all info on her.
At one point of time her humor columns would appear in more than 500 newspapers across the World.
Guess what…she started off when aged 37…when she had two kids..and they had started going to school. With nothing to do at home, she started writing humor. Sounds easy, doesn`t it? Guess we all have time on our hands.
She was what humorist Dave Barry is today. Incidentally, Dave Barry (whose humor columns also adorn 500+ newspapers every week) has decided to take a one-year break. Here read his last column. Here you get to read a column on how Dave Barry got to be funny. And here you read a equally funny replacement for Dave Barry, interview Dave himself.
Coming back to Erma Bombeck…she was plain awesome. Her first salary at Kettering-Oakwood Times was 3 dollars a week. Within a year she was writing for Dayton Journal-Herald for 50 dollars a week. Who said humor writers are not well paid?
And finally…here is the PDF version of her speech at a Humour Writer`s workshop. The speech is hilarious…if you can take in some good humour. It is even funnier if you consider that it was coming from a 65 year old lady…who had lost her husband…
*The speech is a must read if some day you want to be a famous writer. Like me.