Dave Barry has been a professional humorist ever since he discovered that professional humor was a lot easier than working. For many years he wrote a newspaper column that appeared in more than 500 newspapers and generated thousands of letters from readers who thought he should be fired.
Despite this, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about. One of Barry's columns was largely responsible for the movement to observe International Talk Like a Pirate Day every year on September 19. This is probably his most enduring achievement.
Dave Barry has written more than 30 books, including the novels "Big Trouble," " Lunatics, Tricky Business" and, most recently, "Insane City." He has also written a number of books with titles like "I'll Mature When I'm Dead," which are technically classified as nonfiction, although they contain numerous lies.
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