Erma Bombeck (1927-1996) wrote a column about everyday life that appeared in more than 600 newspapers. Unlike many humor columnists, she wrote three columns a week, a prolific output. The New York Times said Bombeck “sifted greasy ovens, voracious washing machines, sibling rivalry and the predilections of couch-potato spouses for the nuggets of mirth that won her the devotion of readers.” Said Bombeck, “My type of humor is almost pure identification. A housewife reads my column and says, ‘But that’s happened to me! I know just what she’s talking about!’ ” Bombeck made multiple appearances on Good Morning America and wrote several bestsellers. She and her husband Bill — who inspired much of her work — lived in Paradise Valley, Ariz., where, despite attaining wealth, she did her own housework in order to remain connected to her readers.