Sweet sixteen. Her early position didn't include writing, but she was able to interview Shirley Temple (they were both 16 at the time) for the newspaper. She received the "feature of the week" award from the staff for the story.
Household hints. After graduating from the University of Dayton in 1949, she began working for the women's section of the Dayton Journal-Herald. Her first columns were headlined "Operation Dustrag" and offered household tips and reviewed new products.
Erma Bombeck poses with her typewriter. DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
The start of her personal style. Erma and her husband Bill started a family, and she put her career on hold. But in 1964, for $3 a week, she began writing a column for the Kettering Oakwood Times. Eventually, the Dayton Journal-Herald asked her back and paid her $50 a week for two columns.
Turn the channel. Her career later expanded into television. She appeared on "Good Morning America" for 11 years and adapted one of her books, "The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank," as a television movie starring Carol Burnett and James Grodin.
Humorist Erma Bombeck (left) pictured with acress Miriam Flynn who portrayed Maggie Weston on the television show created by Bombeck called "Maggie." DAYTON DAILY NEWS ARCHIVE
Her legacy continues. The Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop is held biannually at the University of Dayton.
Source: University of Dayton Erma Bombeck Online Museum