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.
Dave Barry 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 West Chester, Pennsylvania, where he covered
a series of incredibly dull municipal meetings, some of which are still
In 1975 Dave 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
God's sake, stop writing things like "Enclosed please find the 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. His column appears in more
than 500 newspapers, yet another indication of the worsening drug
crisis. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, pending a
recount. (Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.)
He has written a number of best sellers including
"Dave Barry Talks Back," "Dave Barry Turns 40," "Dave Barry Does Japan,"
and "Dave Barry Is Not Making This Up."
Dave has written a total of 21 books, although
virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were
used as the basis for the CBS TV sitcom "Dave's World," in which
Harry Anderson played a
much taller version of Dave.
Dave plays lead guitar in a literary rock band called
the Rock Bottom Remainders, whose other members include Stephen King,
Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson and Mitch Albom. They are not musically skilled,
but they are extremely loud. Dave has also made many TV appearances,
including one on the David
Letterman show where he proved that it is possible to set fire to a
pair of men's underpants with a Barbie doll.
In his spare time, Dave Barry is a candidate
for president of the United States. If elected, his highest priority
will be to seek the death penalty for whoever is responsible for making
Americans install low-flow toilets.
No two speeches of Dave Barry's are exactly the
same. He brings his hilarious sense of humor to your stage and offers up
his wacky point of view on relationships, work, kids, technology, and
life in general.
At the lecture podium, Dave Barry has a one of
a kind wit that has the power to electrify an audience. His program of
contemporary commentary is perfect for any group wishing to explore the
social quirks and calamities that make living in the new millennium such
a unique experience.
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Born: ..in New York / born nNewYork
..in Armonk / born ArmonkNY
July 3, 1947
Based: ..in Florida
/ based nFlorida
..in Fort Lauderdale area / based MiamiFL