Interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry

04/19/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity--- I’m Rob Lorei. Coming up today an interview with humorist Dave Barry. First up some listener comments about yesterday’s program. Yesterday we talked with attorney Steve Yerrid about why the state of Florida should prepare to take legal action against the companies involved in the BP oil disaster. We also talked about our federal taxes and where they go.

Here’s what some listeners had to say.

Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper columnist Dave Barry has written more than thirty books, Dave Barry has long been one of America’s favorite humorists. He has never been known for being the voice of maturity. But since retiring from writing his weekly column in 2005, Dave has been through some momentous life events, including his son’s wedding and invasive medical tests. In his latest book he talks about what he’s learned in the last few years. The book is called I’LL MATURE WHEN I’M DEAD: Dave Barry’s Amazing Tales of Adulthood. I spoke with him a few days ago and started with the most obvious question.

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Regarding the comments about Service Stations charging more for gasoline purchased with a credit card, vs. less for cash: It is all in the wording. They can charge a certain price for a credit card purchase and can offer a "cash" discount, but they cannot post a cash price and then charge more for a credit card purchase. This is not just for gasoline, this pricing structure exists for most purchases. I had a home business for many years and had to operate under those rules. Here is a link to a Boston Globe piece on the topic: