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A line from one of my 1997 columns - 'Do one thing every day that scares you' - is now widely attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt, though I have yet to see any evidence that she ever said it and I don't believe she did. She said some things about fear, but not that thing.

Mary Schmich

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About Mary Schmich

Did you know about Mary Schmich?

A. She spent five years as a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta. from Pomona College.

About four times a year Schmich and fellow Tribune metro columnist Eric Zorn write a week of columns that consist of a back-and-forth exchange of letters. Born in Savannah Georgia the oldest of eight children Schmich grew up in Georgia attended high school in Phoenix Arizona and earned a B. In addition to writing her column Schmich was the author of the long-lived comic strip Brenda Starr from 1985 through its final appearance in January 2011 and has worked as a professional barrelhouse and ragtime piano player.

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