Trivia / Dave Barry

  • Old Shame: Dave Barry in Cyberspace recounts an embarrassing incident involving Usenet; on March 17, 1994, he wrote a jocularly profane message to a reporter who wanted to interview him and accidentally posted it to the Usenet group instead of sending it by private e-mail. This became legendary around the Internet as the "Chuckletrousers" post. Several days later, the reporter, Michael Bywater, posted to the same newsgroup complaining that he had been forwarded 2,038 copies of the message and didn't want any more. He then points out the true irony here: he managed to send the message to the entire Internet except the person who was supposed to get it.
  • Reality Subtext: Dave Barry in Cyberspace features a sub-story about two lovers who meet online, supposedly based on how Dave met his (current) wife online. The male in this story has the screen name "RayAdverb," an anagram of his name. (Nowadays it's his Twitter handle.)
  • What Could Have Been: His essay "My Hollywood Career: The Big Dumpster" goes into detail his sole attempt at screenwriting.