“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dayton in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Drabik, July 13, 2007
1. Erma Bombeck Marker
Inscription.  Erma Fiste was born in Dayton on February 21, 1927. While attending Patterson Cooperative High School, she worked as a copygirl for the Dayton Herald. After graduating from the University of Dayton in 1949, she married Bill Bombeck. She returned to the Dayton Journal-Herald as a reporter. Four years later she left the paper to raise three children, Betsy, Andy and Matt. She continued to write part-time from home. In 1965, Glenn Thompson of the Dayton Journal-Herald spotted her column in the Kettering-Oakwood Times and offered her a twice-a-week column. After three weeks he brought it to the attention of Newsday Syndicate. “At Wit’s End” grew to become nationally syndicated in over 900 newspapers. Erma wrote twelve books; nine made The New York Times Best Sellers List. In 1975 She joined the original cast of “Good Morning America” on ABC-TV and appeared regularly for eleven years.

Erma was still writing her column for Universal Press Syndicate and developing a new book for Harper Collins Publishers when she died from complications of a kidney transplant on April 22, 1996.
Erma Bombeck from the Marker image. Click for full size.
2. Erma Bombeck from the Marker
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At her memorial service, friend and fellow journalist Phil Donahue said, “We shall never see the likes of her again. We shall never know again her brilliance, her insight and especially her generosity ... She was real and she brought us all down to earth - gently, generously, and with brilliant humor. She is a twentieth-century political figure, and when the scholars gather hundreds of years from now to learn about us, they can't know it all if they don't read Erma ... She will live forever.”
Erected 2003 by The Ohio Bicentennial Commission and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 5-57.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCommunicationsEntertainmentWomen. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 39° 44.389′ N, 84° 10.663′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Marker can be reached from East Edward Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is on campus at the University of Dayton near St. Mary’s Hall. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Dayton OH 45469, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Mary’s Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum
Erma Bombeck Marker reverse image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 19, 2021
3. Erma Bombeck Marker reverse
(approx. ¼ mile away); Patterson Homestead 1804 (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Patterson Homestead (approx. 0.4 miles away); The 93rd Regiment (approx. half a mile away); Miami Valley Hospital (approx. 0.6 miles away); Viet Nam Veterans Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Col. Robert Patterson (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
Regarding Erma Bombeck. Erma Bombeck died in 1996 in San Francisco.
Erma Bombeck Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, April 19, 2021
4. Erma Bombeck Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on April 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2007, by Richard Drabik of Dayton, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,715 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on April 19, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 13, 2007, by Richard Drabik of Dayton, Ohio.   3, 4. submitted on April 19, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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