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This Day in Georgia History

March 20, 1994

Lewis Grizzard Died

To view an image of Lewis Grizzard, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Author, newspaper columnist, and humorist Lewis Grizzard died in Atlanta. Born on Oct. 20, 1946, in Moreland, Georgia, Grizzard attended the University of Georgia, where he graduated with a degree in journalism in 1968. He subsequently moved to Atlanta, where he became sports editor of the Atlanta Journal at age 23. He subsequently became sports editor of the Chicago Sun-Times, then returning to Georgia to briefly become a sports columnist for the Atlanta Constitution. Grizzard switched from sports to humor, writing a a regular column which was syndicated nationally. Grizzard’s columns were collected and edited into number of books with distinctive titles like Elvis is Dead and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself, They Took Out My Heart and Stomped That Sucker Flat ( a humorous look at his heart surgery), and If I Ever Get Back to Georgia I’m Going to Nail My Feet to the Ground (after his brief attempt stay in Chicago).