Erma Louise Bombeck was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960’s until the late 1990’s. Bombeck also published 15 books, most of which became bestsellers. From 1965 to 1996, Erma Bombeck wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns chronicling the ordinary life of a mid-western suburban housewife with broad,and sometimes eloquent humor.
By the 1970’s, her columns were read, twice weekly, by 30 million readers of the 900 newspapers of the U.S. and Canada.
Erma Fiste was born in Bellbrook, Ohio, to a working-class family, and was raised in Dayton. Her father, Cassius Fiste, was the city crane operator; her mother’s name was also Erma. Young Erma lived with her elder paternal half-sister, Thelma. She began elementary school one year earlier than usual for her age in 1932, and became an excellent student and an avid reader. She particularly enjoyed the popular humor writers of the time.