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Early Years

Scott Adams was born 6/8/57 and raised in Windham, New York, in the Catskill mountains. Adams graduated high school as valedictorian because the other 39 people in his class couldn't spell "valedictorian."

Adams moved to Northern California in 1979 after college and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since.

Day Jobs

Scott Adams worked at Crocker National Bank, San Francisco, 1979 to 1986, in a number of humiliating and low paying jobs: teller (robbed twice at gunpoint), computer programmer, financial analyst, product manager, and commercial lender.

Adams moved from the bank to Pacific Bell, San Ramon, California, and worked there from 1986 through June 1995. Adams worked in a number of jobs that defy description but all involve technology and finances. The most recent job was in a laboratory, finding ways to use digital phone lines and also running the company's BBS. His business card said "engineer" but he is not an engineer by training.

From 1989 until 1995 Adams worked his day job while doing the Dilbert comic strip mornings, evenings and weekends.

How I Became a Syndicated Cartoonist

Dilbert is a composite of Adams' co-workers over the years. Dilbert emerged as the main character of his doodles. Adams started using him for business presentations and got great responses. A co-worker suggested he name the character Dilbert. Dogbert was created so Dilbert would have someone to talk to.

On the advice of a kind cartoonist Adams bought a book called "1988 Artist Markets" and followed the instructions on how to get syndicated. Adams drew fifty sample strips and mailed copies to the major cartoon syndicates. United Media called a few weeks later and offered a contract. Adams accepted.

Dilbert was launched in 1989 after several months of further developing the strip. That was Adams' first cartooning for profit.

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