Erma Bombeck

2/21/1927 - 4/22/1996

Inducted 1997 

Erma Bombeck was a native Daytonian who made millions laugh with her down to earth humor. She worked as a copy girl at the local newspaper as a way to finance her education at the University of Dayton. She began her writing career as a columnist for the Kettering-Oakwood Times and then with the Dayton Journal Herald. Her column became nationally syndicated, at one time entertaining readers of more than 900 papers with her wry observations on family life. She wrote 12 books, some of which made it to the best-seller list. Erma Bombeck became well known as a radio and TV guest and sought-after lecturer and graduation speaker. The courage, humor and eternal optimism she displayed as she struggled with kidney-failure made her a national role model as well.