One of America’s favorite humorists, writers and columnists, journalist Erma Louise Fiste was born on February 21, 1927.
As Erma Bombeck, she found the humor in the everyday experiences and shared it with her readers. Her column, which first appeared in her local Ohio newspaper, eventually went national. Initially her work appeared in a few dozen papers, but that number grew to hundreds over the next few years. Entitled At Wit, her column found the funny bits in the headaches of everyday life.
In addition to her column, Bombeck wrote for women’s magazines such as Good Housekeeping, Reader’s Digest, Redbook and McCall’s. She also published several popular books, including bestsellers The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank (1976), If Life Is A Bowl Of Cherries, What Am I Doing In The Pits? (1978), and All I Know About Animal Behavior I Learned in Loehmann’s Dressing Room (1995). The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank was made into a 1978 television movie starring Carol Burnett and Charles Grodin.
She was a strong advocate for the Equal Rights Amendment and served on the President’s National Advisory Committee for Women in the late 1970s.
Bombeck was taken by complications from cancer treatment in 1996.