Erma Bombeck: A Legacy of Laughter

Erma Bombeck: A Legacy of Laughter

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Pictured: Erma Bombeck

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Erma Bombeck: A Legacy of Laughter airing Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 3:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV, celebrates one of America’s best loved humorists. 

Recollections from family and friends along with photographs and rare home movies tell the story of her life and career. Phil Donahue, family friend and host of the award-winning talk show Donahue narrates.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1927, Erma Fiste developed a love for writing early in life. At the age of 16, while attending Patterson Co-Op High School, Erma talked her way into a job as a copygirl at the Dayton Herald. Determined to attend college, she began working two jobs in order to save enough for books and tuition. Erma’s English Professor at the University of Dayton, Brother Tom Price encouraged her to write an article for the school magazine. After reading her piece Brother Tom said three words that would sustain her for the rest of her career. “You can write.”

As her popularity grew Erma hit the lecture circuit, wrote a monthly column for Good Housekeeping magazine, appeared twice weekly on Good Morning America, worked tirelessly for passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, and created a television situation comedy at the same time she continued to write new books and her newspaper column.

Author, lecturer, television producer, ERA supporter, wife and mother - Erma Bombeck was a renaissance woman with a unique perspective on life. As her friend Phil Donahue noted “…of her it certainly must be said, and can be said, without exaggeration, we shall never see her likes again.”

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