David McAlister "Dave" Barry was born on this day
in 1947. The Pulitzer Prize-winning American author is best known for his
syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005, but he has also
written numerous books of humor as well. From 1993-1997, CBS based a sitcom, Dave’s World, on the books of Barry. His
first novel, Big Trouble was
published in 1999 and was turned into a movie that starred Tim Allen in 2002.
His most recent works have been the Peter
and the Starcatchers series, prequel stories about Peter Pan, that he has
written with Ridley Pearson. The first has been turned into a Broadway musical
and Disney has plans to create a movie version as well.