Erma Bombeck says she'd rather hang from a hundred refrigerator doors than in the Louvre.
It's a sure the bet the humor columnist's picture is hanging from a hundred refrigerator doors - probably from several hundred thousand refrigerator doors. She's placed there by people who like to laugh.The popular national columnist appears regularly in the Deseret News, commenting on every aspect of family life, from husbands to housekeeping. ("My second favorite chore is ironing. My first is hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.")
Bombeck will be the keynote speaker at the Utah Women's Conference, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, on Friday, Nov. 16, at the Salt Palace. She will speak at 9 a.m.
The theme of this year's conference is "Discovering the Diversity of Women."
Speakers will include local and national figures talking on such subjects as labor trends, child care, nutrition, writing, mental health, aging, vocational equity, child raising and politics.
Jack Anderson, whose syndicated column is also carried by the Deseret News, and his four daughters will talk about the influence of fathers on daughters.
Tanya Anderson Neider says her father taught her to confront authority. "He always taught us not to back down from our beliefs. If I felt like a teacher treated me unfairly, even in junior high, I'd confront that teacher. Sometimes I wouldn't understand why the teacher didn't listen to me, respectfully, like my father did."
She remembers him as a man who never raised his voice - or mowed the lawn. "He traveled a lot. My mother was the one who mowed the lawn and fixed the disposal."
Anderson says if he had one guiding principle as a father it was to teach his children to make their own decisions - daughters and sons alike. "I'm not conscious of there being any difference in the way I treated my daughters and my sons," he says.
There will also be a foreign policy forum with Rosemary Neihuss of Kissinger Associates Inc. Neihuss lived for two years in Kuwait. Susan Frank, from Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal, will talk about "The Art of the Deal: How To Negotiate."
Debra Bowland, deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Department of Labor, will speak on work trends for women. Vice Admiral and Mrs. James Stockdale will discuss overcoming adversity. Stockdale was the highest-ranking Vietnam prisoner of war.
Registration is $20 per person, which includes lunch.