Pulitzer Prize-Winning Humorist Who Got His Start Locally in Town for His 50th College Reunion

Image of Dave Barry via Haverford College.

Funnyman Dave Barry entertained fellow alumni at Haverford College’s 50th reunion on Saturday, writes Susan Snyder for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Barry, 71, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist who graduated from Haverford in 1969 with a bachelor’s in English. He began his journalism career two years later at the Daily Local News.

He eventually moved to the Philadelphia bureau of The Associated Press before heading to Miami, where he worked for the Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005.

At the weekend event, Barry had the audience rolling.

Of his time at Haverford:

“We were down by the duck pond one night … and the ducks actually came out of the water and started walking toward us in what appeared to be a formation.” His friend became concerned that they were some form of law enforcement. “We had to leave the area. And if you wonder why that happened, then you were not there in the ’60s.”

And as for Miami?

“We have a new motto down there, tourism promotion motto: Come back to Miami. We weren’t shooting at you.”

Read more about Dave Barry’s visit in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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