“Insanity is hereditary. You can catch it from your kids.”
Most of you won’t remember Erma Bombeck. She was famous in the 1960s to the 1990s with her writing about everyday life and down home humor.
She began her career writing for a local Ohio newspaper and quickly moved up to having her own column. She had a talent for writing good clean humor and knew what successful column writing entailed.
Hook ’em with the lead
Hold ’em with laughter
Exit with a quip
They won’t forget
She released her first book, At Wit’s End in 1967 to moderate reviews, but between her lecturing and successful column her book became a big hit.
Bombeck published 15 books, most of them best sellers, and wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns. Her silver-tongued humor chronicled her ordinary life of a midwestern suburban housewife.
I was introduced to her writing in the late 1960’s after reading her articles in Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, Redbook, McCall’s and other magazine’s my mom had lying around the house. Her articles were always short, sweet and packed with humor. She inspired me to read and write more.
If you’ve never heard or read Bombeck’s work, you might enjoy reading one of her books. You can find her books at the library, on Amazon and even through eBooks.
Erma’s writings always brings back fond memories of my youth and she will always be Erma Bombeck, the Bomb.