Danny Tyree Biography
Controversial author Harlan Ellison once described the work of Danny Tyree as “wonkily extrapolative” and said Tyree’s mind “works like a demented cuckoo clock.”
Ellison was speaking primarily of Tyree’s 1983-2000 stint on the “Dan T’s Inferno” column for “Comics Buyer’s Guide” hobby magazine, but the description would also fit his weekly “Tyree’s Tyrades” column for mainstream newspapers.
Inspired by Dave Barry, Al “Li’l Abner” Capp, Lewis Grizzard, David Letterman, and “Saturday Night Live,” “Tyree’s Tyrades” has been taking a humorous look at politics and popular culture since 1998.
Tyree has written on topics as varied as Rent-A-Friend.com, the Lincoln bicentennial, “Woodstock At 40,” worm ranching, the Vatican conference on extraterrestrials, violent video games, synthetic meat, the decline of soap operas, robotic soldiers, the nation’s first marijuana café, Sen. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” outburst at President Obama, Internet addiction, “Is marriage obsolete?,” electronic cigarettes, 8-minute sermons, early puberty, the Civil War sesquicentennial, Arizona’s immigration law, the 50th anniversary of the Andy Griffith Show, armed teachers, “Are women smarter than men?,” Archie Andrews’ proposal to Veronica, 2012 and the Mayan calendar, ACLU school lawsuits, cutbacks at ABC News, and the 30th anniversary of the death of John Lennon.
Tyree generated a particular buzz on the Internet with his column spoofing real-life Christian nudist camps.
Most of the editors carrying “Tyree’s Tyrades” keep it firmly in place on the opinion page, but the column is very versatile. It can also anchor the lifestyles section or float throughout the paper.
Nancy Brewer, assistant editor of the “Lawrence County (TN) Advocate” says she “really appreciates” what Tyree contributes to the paper. Tyree has appeared in Tennesee newspapers continuously since 1998.
Tyree is a lifelong small-town southerner. He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications. In addition to writing the weekly “Tyree’s Tyrades,” he writes freelance articles for MegaBucks Marketing of Elkhart, Indiana.
Tyree wears many hats (but still falls back on that lame comb-over). He is a warehousing and communications specialist for his hometown farmers cooperative, a church deacon, a comic book collector, a husband (wife Melissa is a college biology teacher), and a late-in-life father. (Six-year-old son Gideon frequently pops up in the columns.)
Bringing the formerly self-syndicated “Tyree’s Tyrades” to Cagle Cartoons is part of Tyree’s mid-life crisis master plan. Look for things to get even crazier if you use his columns.
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