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Bombeck, Erma

in American National Biography Online

Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697

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humorist and television personality, was born Erma Fiste in Dayton, Ohio, the only child of Cassius Fiste, a municipal laborer, and Erma Haines Fiste. Her father died when she was nine and her mother then went to work for General Motors in Dayton. Later her mother was remarried, to Tom Harris, who also worked at GM. Erma began her journalism career while attending Patterson Vocational High School, where she wrote a humor column for the school newspaper and worked part time in a secretarial position at the Dayton Journal-Herald. Following graduation in 1944 Erma worked full time at the Journal-Herald as a copy girl. After a year she entered the University of Dayton, where she majored in English and worked a variety of jobs, including writing for the student newspaper and magazine.

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