Dave Barry was born on July 3, 1947, and is still alive and well in South Florida (which he loves to make fun of).
This Florida author makes people laugh every day with his books and columns.
When distinguishing fact from hyperbole, Barry frequently asserts:
"I am not making this up".
Dave wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005, and has also written scores of books of humor and parody. He has also written comedic novels.
He has been a journalist since 1971, starting as a reporter for the West Chester, Pennsylvania Daily Local News.
He covered government and civic events in communities like Downingtown and Coatesville, and was promoted to City Editor after about two years.
At the Daily Local News he began to write a weekly humor column that was an early example of his unique writing style.
After leaving the Daily Local News he worked as a copy editor for the Associated Press, and then joined a consulting firm teaching effective writing methods to business people.
In 1983, Barry was hired by the Miami Herald and began his legendary career as a Florida author. He won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1988 for his ability to inject humor into serious situations.
In 1992, Barry and some friends started a band for charity called The Rock Bottom Remainders, named for the publishing term for a book that doesn't sell.
He currently plays lead guitar in the band, some of whose other members include Stephen King, Amy Tan, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, his brother Sam Barry, his sister-in-law Kathi Kamen Goldmark, and Mitch Albom.
He has run several humorous campaigns for President of the United States on a libertarian platform, and has also written for the Libertarian Party's national newsletter.
Barry has defined a sense of humor as "a measurement of the extent to which we realize that we are trapped in a world almost totally devoid of reason. Laughter is how we express the anxiety we feel at this knowledge."
Dave Barry's books have frequently appeared on the New York Times best seller list.
Some of Dave Barry's books, including some authored with collaborators, include:
His books are available at Amazon.com: Dave Barry