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Author, 78, following in Bombeck's steps

Author, 78, following in Bombeck's steps

Since humorist and best-selling author Erma Bombeck died in 1996, no one has stepped into her shoes. Writing a newspaper column and humorous books that women of a certain generation related to, Bombeck made women laugh at situations where they might have otherwise cried. Local author Lea Hope Becker, 78, a CPA and tax attorney who wrote her first book, "I Promise To Keep Quiet (After I'm Dead)," in her 70s, gets the comparison to Bombeck quite often, and it's no coincidence that along with P.J. O'Rourke and Dave Barry, Bombeck is one of her heroes. "Lea could be the next Erma Bombeck," said Pat Williams, a retired Fordham University professor and member...

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