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Erma Bombeck was a great and funny woman She had many ups and downs in her life but she never let them get to her She just laughed them off Erma Louise Bombeck was born February 21 1927 in Dayton Ohio Her mothers name was Erma Fiste She was 16 at the time of Ermas birth Her fathers name was Cassius Edwin Fiste He was 33 when Erma was born He didnt earn much money as a crane operator but he always provided for the family Erma also had a half sister Thelma who was 14 at the time of Ermas birth Thelma was from her fathers previous marriage Erma and Thelma were very close They all lived on Hedges Street in Dayton Ohio In the late 1920s tap dancing was a nation wide craze Erma loved to tap dance as a child She took lesson with Thelma who turned out to be an excellent tap dancer Erma at the age of five won a spot on a local radio show called Kiddie Review She actually tap danced on the radio She continued doing this until she was 8 years old At the age of 9 Ermas father Cassius died of a heart attack No one not even Cassius knew he was sick Thelma left Erma and Erma Senior soon after he died It would be eight years until Erma would see her again Erma Senior had no family except Erma so the two of them went to live with Cassiuss parents Erma Senior now worked for a living at a General Motors factory She eventually remarried In high school at Patterson Vocational High School in Dayton Erma wrote a humor column in the school newspaper After graduating in 1944 she went to work full time for the daily newspaper Journal-Herald as a copy girl A year went by before Erma left the newspaper to go to college at the University of Dayton Erma
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