Does Anyone Remember Erma Bombeck....?

  • masculumpedes

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    May 29, 2010 2:03 AM GMT
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    Going through some of my old storage boxes yesterday with a friend, I found my collection of her books. I was surprised when my friend told me he had never even heard of her. I remember reading and enjoying her writings time and time again. I am sure that not many people today remember her but to me she was one of the best humorists of the past. icon_biggrin.gif


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    May 29, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    I sure do! One of my favs.

    "Do you know what you call those who use towels and never wash them, eat meals and never do the dishes, sit in rooms they never clean, and are entertained till they drop? If you have just answered, "A house guest," you're wrong because I have just described my kids.
    Erma Bombeck "

    "Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.
    Erma Bombeck"

    "I've exercised with women so thin that buzzards followed them to their cars.
    Erma Bombeck "

    "Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead.
    Erma Bombeck "


    ROFL !

    -Doug
  • GQjock

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    May 29, 2010 2:27 AM GMT
    O I Loved Erma - she was one of our classic wits

    When humor goes, there goes civilization.

    Never have more children than you have car windows.

    Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?

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    May 29, 2010 2:30 AM GMT
    Oh yeah, I think I read her book "If life is a bowl of cherries, then what am I doing in the pits."
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    May 29, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
    Oh yes I do too. When I was a kid I remember reading one of her books. The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank.icon_biggrin.gif
  • RSportsguy

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    May 29, 2010 3:46 AM GMT
    I remember her as a regular on the talk show circuit. I think she co wrote a couple of movies too.
  • RSportsguy

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    May 29, 2010 3:47 AM GMT
    kscott6671 saidOh yes I do too. When I was a kid I remember reading one of her books. The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank.icon_biggrin.gif


    I remember this book too!! icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 29, 2010 3:47 AM GMT
    Our neighbors from across the street from us while I was growing up, moved to the Scottsdale area and then bought a home in Paradise Valley. They were always talking about their crazy next door neighbor Erma. Had no idea who they were talking about. When my folks bought a place in Scottsdale and became snowbirds, I used to come and visit a lot. One day they invited us over to their house for dinner and their crazy next door neighbor was coming over with her husband. Their crazy next door neighbor was actually a very delightful woman named Erma Bombeck and her husband was equally as delightful. Never saw them again after that, but I have all of her books and get them out and read them occasionally. Love them.
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    May 29, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
    When I was a kid, I used to read my mom's copies. It was the first time I remember laughing out loud while reading. icon_biggrin.gif
  • fitartistsf

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    May 29, 2010 6:38 AM GMT
    Hell. yeah!!! icon_lol.gif God, she was funny!!! Read her books, and her newspaper columns... wow, I had totally forgotten about her... wonder what she would be commenting about today, if she were still with us..... icon_sad.gif
  • jc_online

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    May 29, 2010 11:10 AM GMT
    Her list of 'Things My Mother Taught Me' is hilarious! Thanks for the reminder....
  • BardBear

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    May 29, 2010 1:57 PM GMT
    A great legacy from a terrific writer.

    Sigh. Back to writing my own book!

    Peace,
    Roo
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    May 29, 2010 2:06 PM GMT
    Besides "The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank," a best-seller already mentioned here, another of her classics was "If Life is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?"

    She managed to humorously describe the new US middle-class suburban lifestyle that arose after World War II, with all its silly customs & habits, pitfalls & eccentricities. Her writing also came along at a time in the mid-1960s when American women were reassessing their traditional role in the home. She was a very talented woman, in the right place at the right time, with the right message.
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    May 29, 2010 2:42 PM GMT
    I do, she was a regular on Good Morning America
  • rnch

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    May 29, 2010 2:50 PM GMT
    the local newspaper ran her collum, "at wit's end" for years. having grown up in a surburban housing tract, her witty comments hit home very often,

    she gave smirks, giggles and long chortles to my parents (and me!) for years and years.
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    May 29, 2010 2:57 PM GMT
    Erma is a CLASSIC - so much fun and reality all wrapped up on one terrific lady
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    May 29, 2010 3:10 PM GMT
    BardBear saidA great legacy from a terrific writer.

    Sigh. Back to writing my own book!

    Peace,
    Roo



    oh wow your corgi is too cute...i am a sucker for dogs, love corgis. the dog in my pic is a golden retriever/corgi mix.

    topic? yes i have heard erma .
  • HotCoach

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    May 29, 2010 3:25 PM GMT
    One of my favorites' "Children are like waffles. You should throw the 1st one out!". I used to tell my 1st born that when he needed to hear it.

    Now I read Hazel cards for that kind of humor.

    Sorely missed.
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    May 29, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
    pecfan saidI do, she was a regular on Good Morning America


    Same here!
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    May 31, 2010 4:47 PM GMT
    She had regular writings in our local newspaper. I read her columns every day.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 31, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    I remember her when I was a kid. She was hilarious.
  • rnch

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    May 31, 2010 5:45 PM GMT
    thanks for the reminder of her!

    i bought a bunch of her books on evilbay the other day...needed some light "summer reading" material. icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 01, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
    I read a lot of her books when I was a kid and loved her. My mom's books, but I love Erma!