'Wimpy Kid' Author, Jeff Kinney is Born
On this day in 1971 in Fort Washington, Maryland, Jeff Kinney was born. Kinney grew up in one sense, but in another, he has always been a kid. A wimpy kid. Kenney initially came up with the idea for the book series back in 1998 but worked on it for eight years before showing it to a publisher. The first A Diary of a Wimpy Kid book was published in 2007. Since then, 11 Wimpy Kid stories have been published with more than 100,000 copies in print in the U.S. alone. His website is typically read by 70,000 kids (and the occasional adult) every day. Three movie adaptations have been made based on his books and a fourth is currently under development with Kinney serving as executive producer.