Bombeck Museum Adds ‘GMA’ Clips

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By: Dave Astor

The University of Dayton’s National Alumni Association is adding 13 of Erma Bombeck’s “Good Morning America” segments to its Erma Bombeck Online Museum (

“Each year on Erma’s birthday we add items to the museum,” said humor columnist Tim Bete, curator of the two-year-old museum. “It’s our way of honoring Erma and giving her millions of fans something to help remember her.” Bombeck, who would have turned 77 on Feb. 21, was writing her syndicated humor column for 700 newspapers at the time of her 1996 death.

Bombeck did three-minute segments as well as interviews for “Good Morning America” between 1975 and 1986. The 13 video clips focus on picky eaters, strange chairs, why people think they’re younger than they are, what Bombeck would do differently if she lived her life over, and more.

The University of Dayton, where Bombeck graduated in 1949, is also holding its biennial Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop March 25-27. Among the more than 25 scheduled speakers are “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter” author/Creators Syndicate humor columnist W. Bruce Cameron; self-syndicated columnists Jodie Lynn (“Parent to Parent”), Gordon Kirkland (“At Large”), and Deb DiSandro (“Slightly Off”); USA Today columnist Craig Wilson; Dayton Daily News columnist Mary McCarty; “Agnes” cartoonist Tony Cochran of Creators; Universal Press Syndicate Managing Editor Sue Roush; and Oasis Newsfeatures Executive Editor Kevin Williams.

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