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Scott Adams has his finger on the pulse of cubicle dwellers across the globe, delivering laughs and capturing the reality of the 9-to-5 worker with Dilbert, Dogbert, Catbert, and a cast of stupefying office stereotypes, which is why there are millions of fans of the Dilbert comic strip. Artist and creator, he started Dilbert as a doodle when he worked as a bank teller. He continued doodling when he was upgraded to a cubicle for a major telecommunications company. His boss suggested the name Dilbert. Mr. Adams depicts office life with such realism that he has been accused of spying on corporate America.
Starting with his teen years, Scott Adams' jobs have included cow herder, sap gatherer, gardener, snow shoveler, dishwasher, bus boy, hotel desk clerk, security guard, lab technical support, cartoonist, author, public speaker, and restaurateur. He held a variety of (in his words) "humiliating and low paying jobs" during his eight years at Crocker National Bank and eight years at Pacific Bell. He has been a bank teller (robbed twice at gunpoint,) computer programmer, financial analyst, product manager, commercial lender, budget manager, strategist, project manager, and pseudo-engineer.
During this time, Mr. Adams says he "entertained himself during boring meetings by drawing insulting cartoons of his co-workers and bosses." Eventually a bespectacled character named "Dilbert" emerged from the doodles. In 1988, he mailed some sample comic strips featuring Dilbert to the major cartoon syndicates. United Feature Syndicate plucked Dilbert out of thousands of submissions received that year and offered him a contract. Dilbert launched in about 50 newspapers in 1989.
Scott Adams continued his day job at Pacific Bell until 1995, drawing Dilbert at 5 a.m. every day before work. Now he devotes his entire day (and much of the evening) to Dilbert, including speaking, writing, doing interviews, designing licensed products and answering hundreds of email messages per day. He owns two restaurants and is CEO of Scott Adams Foods, Inc., which is a vegetarian food company.
Mr. Adams was born and raised in Windham, New York, in the Catskill Mountains. He has lived and worked in California since 1979. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York, and an MBA from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also a certified hypnotist.
Dilbert appears in 2,000 newspapers in 65 countries and is translated into 19 languages. Scott Adams has numerous books in print, with more than 10 million sold, including several number-one New York Times best sellers. In 1997, he received cartooning's highest honor, the Reuben Award. In addition to the many Dilbert books, he is the author of two non-fiction books: God's Debris(2001), and Religion War, the sequel to God's Debris.
In November of 2005, Scoot Adams brought Dilbert and the gang back for his 26th Dilbert collection, Thriving on Vague Objectives.
Scott Adams speaking topic, Humor at Work, is designed for entertainment, not inspiration. It has these components: Scott's strange journey from cubicle to cartoonist; cartoons that didn't make it past the editors (rated PG); Scott's secret formula for humor; and questions from the audience.
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