David "Dave" Barry
After the Washington Post Hunt, photo by Amazur (5 June 2011)
Born: 3 July 1947, Armonk, New York
The son of a Presbyterian minister, Barry graduated from Pleasantville High School (Armonk) in 1965, his classmates elected him "Class Clown". He earned his BA in English at Haverford College (Haverford, Pennsylvania) in 1969, where he was in his first rock band, the Federal Duck. While working as a reporter for the Daily Local News of West Chester, Pennsylvania he wrote a humorous guest column for the Philadelphia Inquirer which led to being hired as a columnist at the Miami Herald. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988. In 1992, Barry became part of the Rock Bottom Remainders ("We play music as well as Metallica writes novels," per Barry), a band organized to raise funds to fight illiteracy. Barry plays lead guitar, other regular band members include fellow authors Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. Barry has written over twenty humor books, plus a dozen compilations of his columns, two novels, and a number of children's books. Two movies have been made from his books, plus the television sitcom Dave's World ran for four seasons on CBS. He took "an indefinite leave of absence" from his Herald column in 2004 and has not returned, although he has continued several of his annual features for that paper. The official Dave Barry website is at www.davebarry.com and his blog is hosted by the Miami Herald at blogs.herald.com/dave_barrys_blog. We have not checked with Mr Barry, but we're pretty sure he would say that "The Notable Quotables" would not be a good name for a rock band.
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- A child can go only so far in life without potty training. It is not mere coincidence that six of the last seven presidents were potty trained, not to mention nearly half of the nation's state legislators. permalink
- A sense of humor is a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge. permalink
quoted by Bryan Curtis, "Dave Barry: Elegy for the Humorist" in Slate (12 January 2005)
- AARP is a large and powerful organization, similar to the Mafia but more concerned about dietary fiber. permalink
Dave Barry Turns 50 (1998)
- Admit it, sport-utility-vehicle owners! It's shaped a little differently, but it's a station wagon! And you do not drive it across rivers! You drive it across the Wal-Mart parking lot! permalink
- Although golf was originally restricted to wealthy, overweight Protestants, today it's open to anybody who owns hideous clothing. permalink
- American consumers have no problem with carcinogens, but they will not purchase any product, including floor wax, that has fat in it. permalink
- Another important rule of affair-having: Never be discreet at the office. permalink
Dave Barry's Guide to Marriage and/or Sex (1987)
- Another possible source of guidance for teenagers is television, but television's message has always been that the need for truth, wisdom and world peace pales by comparison with the need for a toothpaste that offers whiter teeth and fresher breath. permalink
- As a child, I was more afraid of tetanus shots than, for example, Dracula. permalink
- As Americans we must always remember that we all have a common enemy, an enemy that is dangerous, powerful, and relentless. I refer of course to the federal government. permalink
- As sensitive and broad-minded humans, we must never allow ourselves to be in any way judgmental of the religious practices of other people, even when these people clearly are raving space loons. permalink
- Ask any real estate broker to name the three most important factors in buying a property, and he'll say: "Location, location, location." Now ask him to name the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, and he'll say: "Location, location, location." This tells us that we should not necessarily be paying a whole lot of attention to real estate brokers. permalink
- Auto racing is boring except when a car is going at least 172 miles per hour upside down. permalink
- Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes. permalink
- Bill Gates is a very rich man today ... and do you want to know why? The answer is one word: versions. permalink
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