Dave Barry was born in Armonk, New York, in
1947 and has been steadily growing older ever since without ever actually
reaching maturity. He attended public schools, where he distinguished himself
by not getting in nearly as much trouble as he would have if the authorities
had been aware of everything. He is proud to have been elected Class Clown by
the Pleasantville High School class of 1965.
Berry went to Haverford
College, where he was an English major and wrote lengthy scholarly papers
filled with sentences that even he did not understand. He graduated in 1969 and
eventually got a job with a newspaper named - this is a real name - the Daily
Local News, in Westchester, PA, where he covered a series of incredibly dull
municipal meetings, some of which are still going on.
In 1975 Barry
joined Burger Associates, a consulting firm that teaches effective writing to
businesspersons. He spent nearly eight years trying to get various
businesspersons to for Gods sake stop writing things like Enclosed
please find Vie enclosed enclosure, but he eventually realized that it
was hopeless. So in 1983 he took a job at The Miami Herald, and he has been
there ever since, although he never answers the phone. In 1988 he won the
Pulitzer Prize for commentary, pending a recount. His column appears in several
hundred newspapers, yet another indication of the worsening drug crisis.
In 1996 Barry married Michelle Kaufman, a sportswriter for The Miami
Herald. He has a son, Robert, who recently got his drivers license, which
should make everyone nervous.
Barry has written a number of short but
harmful books including Babies and Other Hazards of Sex and Dave
Barry Slept Here: A Sort of History of the United States. His books,
including Dave Barry in Cyberspace, Dave Barrys Complete Guide
to Guys and Dave Barry Turns 40, have been hailed by the critics as
containing a tremendous amount of white space.
television series, Daves World is based on two of
Barrys books. Also, he set fire to a pair of underpants with a Barbie
doll on national television and owns a guitar that was once played by Bruce
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