David "Dave" Barry

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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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