MOUNT VERNON — She put the soccer in soccer mom and she put the humor right where it belonged, in everyday life, in her life as a wife and mother.
In the mid-1960s “At Wit’s End,” her humor column, developed quite a following and gave voice to suburban housewives. By the mid-1970s she was also a television personality, appearing for a decade on “Good Morning America.” She wrote many bestselling books including “The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank,” that was later turned into a television movie starring Carol Burnett and Charles Grodin. And, she was born in Belbrook, a suburb of Dayton, and lived there until her television appearances in the mid-1970s.
Portraying Erma Bombeck is a regular to the Chautauqua stage, Mount Vernon’s own Susan Kahrl, retired school teacher, mother, actress, part of the Dante Sisters and a veteran of the arts and education community for many years. She has performed as Victoria Woodhull and Carry Nation in past years.
Opening for Erma Bombeck will be the return of Canadian folk singer Sebastian Royale. Royale made his first appearance earlier this year, opening for John F. Kennedy, the first program in this, the sixth season on the Chautauqua’s Series.
The doors open Thursday at 6 p.m. and the program starts at 7. This is a donation basis event brought to you by Elixir and the Ohio Humanities Council.
Published on April 25, 2012