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Lewis Grizzard
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    (October 20, 1946-March 20, 1994)
    Born in Fort Benning, Georgia
    Author and humorist
    Georgia native noted for his musings on every day life from a distinctly Southern point of view
    BA from the University of Georgia in journalism
    Wrote 25 books including; If I Ever Get Back to Georgia, I'm Going to Nail My Feet to the Ground, If Love Were Oil, I'd Be About a Quart Low, and Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night
    Also recorded 10 comedy albums
    He had a congenital heart defect(which eventually killed him), but smoked and drank almost his entire adult life.
    He was married four times, divorced three.
    He was voted 'The Author from Hell' at a publishing convention.
    As a sportswriter, after his beloved University of Georgia Bulldogs lost a game to arch rivals Georgia Tech his column consisted entirely of the sentence, 'I don't want to talk about it.'
    He lived in Chicago for a few years, hated it, left and wrote a book of about how much he hated it.
    He was opposed to any type of welfare, and said that pregnant women in need should just have abortions.
    He never used a computer, just a typewriter.
    At his most popular, he wrote 4 columns a week for 450 newspapers.
    His book and comedy album sales number in the millions.
    He was an obvious inspiration for Jeff Foxworthy.
    He once said, 'I'm never going to get married again, I'm just going to find a woman who hates me and buy her a house.'
    He started out as a sportswriter and was the sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age 23.
    He adopted his fourth wife's daughter.

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