Erma Bombeck’s lasting humor

Twenty years ago Erma Bombeck died at 69 of complications from a kidney transplant. Bombeck, a native of Dayton, Ohio, rose to fame as a newspaper columnist, author, and ultimately, regular guest on “Good Morning, America.” At her peak, she wrote three columns a week for 900 newspapers. She never won a Pulitzer prize and didn’t make it off the then-Women’s Pages. She was recognized with the Thurber Prize, a coveted award also won by her idol Robert Benchley.

 

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