The Press: Up the Wall with Erma

"My husband," Erma Bombeck cheerily told a visitor last week, "works as a supervisor of social studies for secondary schools, and if you have a space between your teeth that's hard to say." Syndicated Columnist Erma has a big space between her own front teeth. She also has, by her description, "fat calves, unmanicured hands, makeupless eyes" and is "overweight, overworked, over-childrened and underpatienced." But one thing is clearly going for her: irresistible humor about the trials of being a housewife.

The humor shows in her antic put-ons and putdowns, mostly of herself. It...

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