He also started writing a weekly humor column for the paper and began to develop his unique style. He then worked briefly as a copy editor at the Associated Press's Philadelphia bureau before joining Burger Associates, a consulting firm.At Burger, he taught effective writing to business people.In his own words, he "spent nearly eight years trying to get various businesspersons to..writing things like 'Enclosed please find the enclosed enclosures,' but...eventually realized that it was hopeless." In 1981 he wrote a humorous guest column about watching the birth of his son in the Philadelphia Inquirer, which attracted the attention of Gene Weingarten, then an editor of the Miami Herald's Sunday magazine Tropic.
Crittenden Junior High School (both in Armonk), and Pleasantville High School where he was elected "Class Clown" in 1965.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Haverford College in 1969.
Barry began his journalism career in 1971, working as a general assignment reporter for the Daily Local News in West Chester, Pennsylvania, near his alma mater, Haverford College.
He covered local government and civic events and was promoted to City Editor after about two years.
The book was adapted into a motion picture directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Tim Allen, Rene Russo, and Patrick Warburton, with a cameo by Barry.
The movie was originally due for release in September 2001 but was postponed following the September 11, 2001 attacks because the story involved smuggling a nuclear weapon onto an airplane. In response to a column in which Barry mocked the cities of Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota for calling themselves the "Grand Cities", Grand Forks named a sewage pumping station after Barry in January 2002.
Barry traveled to Grand Forks for the dedication ceremony.
David Mc Alister "Dave" Barry (born July 3, 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize winning American author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005.
He has also written numerous books of humor and parody, as well as comedic novels.
Barry was born in Armonk, New York, where his father, David, was a Presbyterian minister.
He was educated at Wampus Elementary School, Harold C.