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Bombeck, Erma

Barbara Bennett Peterson

in American National Biography Online

ISBN: 9780195082098
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1603403
Bombeck, Erma

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Bombeck, Erma (21 February 1927–22 April 1996), 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 ...

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Subjects: Literature ; Humour

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