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Bombeck, Erma Louise (Fiste)

Born: 1927 AD
Died: 1996 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Authors, Columnist, Humorist


1927 - She was born in Dayton, Ohio, on the 21st of February.

1949 - She graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in English.

         - She worked as a reporter for the Dayton Journal Herald.

1967 - She wrote humor collections "At Wit's End".

1971 - She wrote Just Wait Till You Have Children of Your Own".

1973 - "I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression".

1976 - "The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank".

1978 - "If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?".

1979 - "Aunt Erma's Cope Book: How to Get from Monday to Friday in Twelve Days".

1983 - "Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession".

         - "Erma Bombeck Giant Economy Size".

1984 - "Laugh Along with Erma Bombeck".

1987 - "Family: The Ties That Bind...and Gag!".

1989 - "I Want to Grow Hair, I Want to Grow Up, I Want to Go to Boise: Children Surviving Cancer".

1991 - "When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home".

1971 - She moved to Paradise Valley, Arizona.

1975-1986 - She appeared semiweekly as commentator on television show "Good Morning America".

1996 - Bombeck died of polycystic kidney disease, on 22nd of April and was interred in the Woodland Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio.


Page last updated: 8:23am, 17th Aug '07

  • "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,"I used everything you gave me."
  • "There are people who put their dreams in a little box and say,'Yes, I've got dreams, of course I've got dreams.'Then they put the box away and bring it out once in awhile to look in it, and yep, they're still there. These are great dreams, but they never even get out of the box. It takes an uncommon amount of guts to put your dreams on the line, to hold them up and say,'How good or how bad am I?'That's where courage comes in."
  • "People are always asking couples whose marriage has endured at least a quarter of a century for their secret for success. Actually, it is no secret at all. I am a forgiving woman. Long ago, I forgave my husband for not being Paul Newman."
  • "We've got a generation now who were born with semiequality. They don't know how it was before, so they think, this isn't too bad. We're working. We have our attache'cases and our three piece suits. I get very disgusted with the younger generation of women. We had a torch to pass, and they are just sitting there. They don't realize it can be taken away. Things are going to have to get worse before they join in fighting the battle."
  • "... it's simply wrong to always order [kids] to stop that fighting. There are times when one child is simply defending his rights and damned well should be fighting."