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Tom Purcell Biography and Archive

How do you generate readership in a rapidly shrinking newspaper market? Engage Op/Ed readers with lively, entertaining columns – columns like Tom Purcell's.


In the tradition of Art Buchwald, Mike Royko, Lewis Grizzard and Dave Barry, Purcell's column is sometimes wry, sometimes poignant, but always original and compelling.


Purcell, author of the humorous memoir, “Misadventures of a 1970’s Childhood,” is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review humor columnist and is nationally syndicated exclusively by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.


Email Tom at Purcell@caglecartoons.com. For more info contact Sales at (805) 969-2829 or email sales@cagle.com.


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4/22/2014 Exploiting the American Prom
4/21/2014 We Want Politicians to Lie
4/14/2014 Longing for Tax Freedom
4/9/2014 My Father’s 1959 Tax Return
4/7/2014 Privacy? Surely You Jest!
4/1/2014 Springtime in Washington
3/31/2014 Obama Confesses
3/24/2014 Obama Talks to Putin
3/17/2014 Government Advice on Affording ObamaCare
3/11/2014 For St. Patrick’s Day — The Value of Irish Humor
3/10/2014 Old-Fashioned Baby Names Make a Comeback
3/5/2014 FIRST Step Toward America's Future
3/3/2014 Men, Your Love Life Needs a Pickup (Truck)
2/24/2014 A Dieting Cookie Addict's Plea
2/18/2014 The Swimsuit Issue
2/17/2014 Losing Ourselves in Snow & Cold
2/12/2014 For Valentine's Day - a Return to Romance
2/10/2014 Discouraging Work
2/3/2014 Why Americans Want Smaller, Cozier Houses
1/31/2014 Why Groundhog Day Should Be Outlawed
1/27/2014 It's Later Than Men Think
1/20/2014 Forward and Back with the iPhone
1/13/2014 Little Sisters vs Goliath
1/6/2014 Elegy For The Incandescent Bulb
12/30/2013 Obama Channels Nixon
12/23/2013 The Key To New Year's Resolutions
12/16/2013 Looking Forward this Christmas
12/11/2013 A Christmas Toy Story - Back To The Basics
12/9/2013 Gender Differences Hard Wired
12/2/2013 Dog Days of Obamacare
11/25/2013 Why There's Lots to Celebrate this Thanksgiving
11/18/2013 Bill Clinton, First Guy
11/12/2013 Obamacare Backlash No Surprise
11/8/2013 Veterans Day -- Quiet Sacrifice
11/4/2013 Letter From Washington
10/28/2013 Satirical Halloween Costumes
10/22/2013 Why Spy on France?
10/21/2013 Does Obamacare Cover Sticker Shock?
10/14/2013 The Real Deficit's in Leadership
10/8/2013 The Perils of Nasty Netiquette
10/7/2013 Incomprehensible Sums
10/1/2013 Needed Blue-Collar Horse Sense
9/30/2013 Size Matters
9/24/2013 Ostentatious Baby Names
9/23/2013 Why Duck Dynasty Viewers Flock
9/16/2013 Health Really Is Everything
9/9/2013 A Pencil's Point
9/9/2013 It's (No Longer) A Jeep Thing
9/3/2013 A New Yorker's View of Gun Control
8/27/2013 Regulation Without Representation
8/26/2013 Why Obamacare Is Good For Me
8/20/2013 Good Old Neighbors
8/19/2013 Fidel Goes To Confession
8/14/2013 Rudeness And Miss Manners
8/12/2013 Why I Sometimes Long For The Cold War
8/7/2013 Great Minds on Government
8/6/2013 Marriage is Alive And Well - For Some
7/30/2013 Summer Camp
7/29/2013 Age(s) of Happiness
7/23/2013 My David Cassidy Hair
7/22/2013 Recess For Kids and Adults
7/16/2013 The Window Fans
7/15/2013 Rooting Out Government Leakers
7/9/2013 Lessons From The Photo Box
7/8/2013 An Education in Debt
7/1/2013 For The Fourth of July -- Declare Independence From Government
6/26/2013 Dinner Bells And The Other Lost Sounds of Summer
6/24/2013 Catholic School Incisive, Not Divisive
6/18/2013 He's Not a Hitter, He's a Baby Sitter
6/17/2013 Immaturity and the Modern Male
6/10/2013 Countering Government Intimidation
6/7/2013 For Father's Day
6/3/2013 The Games Behind the Olympic Games
5/28/2013 Demonstrate Loyalty and Support
5/21/2013 Man Bags For the Modern Male
5/20/2013 Scandal Advice From The Master
5/14/2013 Big Spenders
5/13/2013 Speech To The Best Graduating Class Ever
5/8/2013 100 Years is Enough For Me, Pal
5/6/2013 No-Fault Internet Addiction
4/30/2013 Why American Sensibility Is 'Distressed'
4/29/2013 Reverse Psychology vs The Nanny State
4/23/2013 Beware the American Prom
4/22/2013 That's America to Me
4/16/2013 The Wit and Wisdom of Will Rogers
4/15/2013 The Higher Our Tech The Ruder We Get
4/8/2013 Financial Responsibility, Obama Style
4/2/2013 Taxing Quotations
4/1/2013 A Political Dropout Confesses
3/25/2013 Springtime In Washington DC
3/25/2013 Not the Devil But Silver-Tongued
3/19/2013 Grocery Night
3/18/2013 Income Tax 101
3/12/2013 How NOT to Honor St. Patrick
3/11/2013 The Many Woes of Telecommuting
3/5/2013 Needed This St Patricks's Day : Ronald Reagan
3/4/2013 My Mother and Father School the Senate
2/28/2013 Navigating the Second Amendment
2/25/2013 Are Humans Getting Dumber?
2/19/2013 Facebook Fatigue
2/18/2013 Smoked By ObamaCare
2/12/2013 For Presidents Day - George Washington Makeover
2/11/2013 The Cut Is In The Mail
2/5/2013 Valentine's Day - When There Was Romance
2/4/2013 Say it Ain't Joe
1/28/2013 Privacy? What Privacy?
1/28/2013 Obvious Government Tips for Coping with Winter
1/22/2013 The Bike Jump
1/21/2013 Where Common Ground Begins
1/15/2013 The 70's Stereo Console
1/14/2013 Lessons From the 1940 Census
1/8/2013 New Year's Resolutions Fed-Style
1/7/2013 Cliff Not Our Real Crisis
1/2/2013 Fascinating, Not Famous
12/31/2012 Hurricane Sandy Pork
12/24/2012 Abner The Volunteer Dog
12/18/2012 How To Support The Troops Over The Holidays
12/17/2012 Making the Rich Flee
12/11/2012 Beware the Office Christmas Party
12/10/2012 Surviving the Fiscal Cliff
12/5/2012 The Joke's On Men
12/3/2012 Christmas Tree Shopping With Dad
11/26/2012 Why Spy on France?
11/19/2012 Our Money Factory
11/11/2012 C'est la vie America
11/8/2012 Left Behind at The Drive In
11/5/2012 It's a Jeep Thing
10/29/2012 Ahmadinejad Calls Obama
10/22/2012 Biden Confesses Ignorance
10/15/2012 An Interview With Big Bird
10/8/2012 Cyber Attacks to Monitor Investments?
10/1/2012 Timing the American Experience Just Right
9/24/2012 Economic Freedom Heads North
9/17/2012 Candidates' Signature Moment
9/10/2012 What about the War on Men?
9/3/2012 Why I'm a Republican
8/27/2012 My Trials and Tribulations As The Only Boy At An All Girls School
8/20/2012 Genetically Engineered Children
8/13/2012 In Europe, Prosperity on Vacation
8/6/2012 The Right To Go Topless
7/30/2012 Let Voting to Felons, Dogs, the Dead?
7/23/2012 How to Improve the Summer Olympics
7/16/2012 The Dying Art of Cursive
7/9/2012 Prognosis Not Good for HSAs
7/2/2012 Flushing Away Our Freedom
6/25/2012 Failing the U.S. Citizenship Test
6/18/2012 Cool, But Not For Spending
6/11/2012 Time to Police the Government
6/4/2012 If Obama Told the Grads the Truth
5/28/2012 Only Label That Counts
5/21/2012 The Life of JimboBob
5/14/2012 Easy Life in France Just a Dream
5/7/2012 What Are America's Pet Owners Thinking?
4/30/2012 Jackpot Win No Tax Win
4/23/2012 Discovery's Last Flight
4/16/2012 America's Most Desirable Jobs
4/9/2012 My Father's 1959 Tax Return
4/2/2012 President Obama's Healthcare Soliloquy
3/26/2012 No Shame in Moving Back Home With Mom and Dad
3/19/2012 Debt, Deficit Picture One Massive Downer
3/12/2012 Irish Humor to Prime the Pump
3/5/2012 Ask The Tax Prep Expert
2/27/2012 Baby Boomers Dying To Help the Economy
2/18/2012 What a Concept for US Automakers
2/13/2012 The Swimsuit Issue
2/6/2012 Sexes' Differences Good for Valentines Day
1/30/2012 Hey Canada, How About a Trade?
1/23/2012 A Hair Behind
1/16/2012 Digging For Dirt on Romney
1/9/2012 Confusion vs. My Nest Egg
1/2/2012 Tips for Government Teleworkers
12/26/2011 Why We Need Better BS
12/19/2011 Nuns Best Example For Teaching
12/12/2011 Toy Story - Back To The Basics
12/5/2011 Our Taxing Mess
11/28/2011 Me vs. Mother Nature
11/21/2011 Unfortunate Reality (TV)
11/14/2011 Circus of Family Values
11/7/2011 The Real American Dream
10/31/2011 Millionaire Myths
10/24/2011 The Way Halloween Should Be
10/17/2011 Craigslist Capitalism
10/10/2011 A Card For Every Lousy Occasion
10/3/2011 Making it Through The Rain
9/26/2011 What Took Them So Long?
9/19/2011 We Are Innovative Masters
9/12/2011 Taking Rural Refuge
9/5/2011 Anti-Bullying Bullies
8/29/2011 Mancession an Opportunity
8/22/2011 An Experience to Avoid
8/15/2011 Incivility Rising
8/8/2011 Fat Presidents, Lean Governent?
8/1/2011 A Man In Search Of His Mail
7/25/2011 Dog Days for Peta
7/18/2011 Are Cigars Endangered?
7/11/2011 Fidel : No, Virginia
7/3/2011 My Father's Flag
6/27/2011 Good Old Neighbors
6/20/2011 No Illusions about Country Living
6/14/2011 For Father's Day -- Blue Ribbon Dads
6/13/2011 Kids' Summer Ain't What It Used To Be
6/6/2011 Needed -- Washing Machine that Washes
5/30/2011 Vacation? What Vacation?
5/23/2011 Can't Fuhgeddaboud Christie
5/16/2011 Break Out The Bell Bottoms
5/9/2011 Say Your Prayers
5/2/2011 American Spirit Now from Abroad
4/25/2011 Take Your Middle Aged Kid to Retirement
4/18/2011 On The Government's Menu
4/11/2011 Tax-Time Miseries
4/4/2011 Dressed To Kill (Innocence)
3/28/2011 Why The Rich Don't Feel Rich
3/21/2011 A Cowboy Poem
3/14/2011 Irish Need Not Apply
3/7/2011 FIRST Step Towards America's Future
2/28/2011 Warming Causing Cooling?
2/21/2011 Watson for President
2/14/2011 Why We Need Romance
2/7/2011 Shedding My David Cassidy Hair
1/31/2011 Laughing Not To Cry
1/24/2011 Metaphor Madness
1/17/2011 Uncertain For Sure
1/10/2011 Earmarks Miss The Mark
1/3/2011 Fascinating Not Famous
12/27/2010 For New Year’s -- Partying Like It’s 1999
12/19/2010 Christmas Has Become Better Every Year
12/13/2010 Wikileaks Bad News For Humorists
12/6/2010 Our Snapshot of America
11/29/2010 Bad "Feelings" At The TSA
11/22/2010 The Best Thanksgiving Ever
11/15/2010 Ugly Truth About DC
11/8/2010 My Parents Rein in Government Spending
11/8/2010 For Veterans Day - Real Troop Support
11/1/2010 Too Good To Be True?
10/25/2010 Recession? Not in Washington DC
10/18/2010 For Halloween -- Dressing Up in Down Times
10/11/2010 Beltway Lessons
10/4/2010 Mom 1 Phone Scammer 0
9/27/2010 The American Dream
9/20/2010 Wary of The Technology Aware
9/13/2010 We Can Fix What Ails Us
9/6/2010 Beating Ourselves?
8/30/2010 One Born Every Minute
8/23/2010 Same-Sex Marriage
8/16/2010 Eat Easies -- Coming in 2050?
8/9/2010 Needed -- Plain English
8/2/2010 Spending Cuts? You First
7/26/2010 How To Mooch Off Your Parents In A Down Economy
7/19/2010 Needed Blue-Collar Horse Sense
7/12/2010 Navigating the Second Amendment in Washington DC
7/5/2010 The Case For Marriage
6/28/2010 Necessity Mother of Invention
6/21/2010 The Upside to Hiring Independent Contractors
6/15/2010 For Father's Day -- Saving for a Rainy Day
6/14/2010 Getting Americans Interested in the World Cup
6/7/2010 My Sisters Teach Equality to the Women of Afghanistan
5/30/2010 On Fixer-Uppers
5/24/2010 Sex Harassment for Kids
5/17/2010 Ban The Burger Month
5/10/2010 Hey Big Spenders
5/3/2010 For Mother's Day --Spreading the Art of Laughter
4/26/2010 Food Stamps for College Kids
4/19/2010 Pledge of Allegiance Revised
4/12/2010 Enough Chirping
4/5/2010 Springtime in Washington
3/29/2010 Tan and Tax
3/22/2010 Census 101
3/15/2010 Why We Need More Irish Spirit
3/8/2010 The Right to Cuss
3/1/2010 Expert Advice
2/22/2010 Fun Goes Downhill
2/13/2010 Needed More Snow in Washington DC
2/8/2010 Understanding Presidents Day
1/29/2010 For Groundhog's Day - Interview with Punxsutawney Phil
1/25/2010 Simplifying the Tax Code
1/18/2010 Government Work
1/11/2010 Risks and Frisks
1/4/2010 New Year's Resolutions Fed Style
12/28/2009 New Year's Day -- A Truly Wealthy Man
12/21/2009 Pollution a Solution?
12/14/2009 Praying for a White Christmas
12/7/2009 Soft on Manhood
11/30/2009 Socially Conscious Toys for Tots
11/21/2009 For Thanksgiving - Pass the Civility
11/16/2009 Organ Music
11/8/2009 For Veterans Day -- Real Troop Support
11/2/2009 Bad Idea on Tap
10/26/2009 Halloween Freedom
10/19/2009 Pet Deductions
10/12/2009 Driven to Distraction
10/5/2009 A Deadline Only Mom Could Set
9/28/2009 Walk the Walk? Not for Today's Kids
9/21/2009 Speaking of Lying
9/14/2009 An Over "FED" Mind
9/7/2009 Incivility's Origin
8/31/2009 Better BS Needed
8/24/2009 Menu for Reform
8/17/2009 Don't Go Postal
8/10/2009 Hair Would Be Fair
8/3/2009 Au Revoir USA
7/27/2009 Defending the Bureau of Public Debt
7/20/2009 A Bumper Crop for Barack
7/13/2009 The Bike Jump
7/6/2009 Playboy For Sale
6/29/2009 For The Fourth of July - Eddie Gabor's House
6/22/2009 A Real Clunker
6/15/2009 An End to Buffoonish Fathers
6/8/2009 A Pencil's Point
6/1/2009 Summer Musings
5/25/2009 Stimulus For The Dead
5/18/2009 Unhappiness Is What We Need
5/11/2009 Middle Aged and Annoyed
5/4/2009 For Mother's Day - Thankful for an Unenlightened Mom
4/27/2009 Driving Us to Drink
4/20/2009 Facebook Fatigue
4/13/2009 Pyramid Scheme
4/6/2009 Calling Government Motors
3/30/2009 Fried Green Liberalism
3/23/2009 The Unintended Successes of Big Government
3/16/2009 Religion's Virtue
3/9/2009 St Patrick's Day Sanity
3/2/2009 On Saving Detroit and Muscle Cars
2/23/2009 Botching the Digital Switchover
2/16/2009 Guilt Complex
2/9/2009 Stuck in a SAD State
2/2/2009 The Sister We Left Behind
1/26/2009 Going Deep on the Super Bowl
1/19/2009 Here Come The Food Police
1/12/2009 Dissecting The Obama Signature
1/5/2009 Red Ink Did Me Good
12/29/2008 Home Sweet Heart Home
12/22/2008 The Joke's On Men
12/15/2008 Christmas Memories and Greeting Cards
12/8/2008 Trouble at Sunset Acres
12/1/2008 The Gift of the Magi Revisited
11/24/2008 Giving Thanks
11/17/2008 The Truth about Government
11/6/2008 For Veterans Day -- Tomb of the Unknowns
11/3/2008 A New Investment Strategy
10/27/2008 It's All About the Candy Kids
10/20/2008 Blankity Blank Blanks
10/13/2008 Longing For The Clintons
10/6/2008 Taking Stock of Testosterone
9/29/2008 Government Failure as Usual
9/22/2008 Change We Can Spare
9/15/2008 Campaign Jokes Are Telling
9/8/2008 She's a Pittsburgh Girl
9/1/2008 Me For President
8/25/2008 Grateful For A Do-Nothing Congress
8/18/2008 School Lunch Dough
8/11/2008 Chinese Hot Dogs
8/4/2008 Regulation without Representation
7/28/2008 Shaping Up our Fat Kids
7/21/2008 Fannie Freddie and the Daybed
7/14/2008 Food and Gas Pains
7/7/2008 Gone to the Dogs
6/30/2008 Fourth of July -- A New Declaration of Independence
6/23/2008 Healthy Help Wanted
6/16/2008 Bugged By Global Warming
6/9/2008 For Father's Day - Son of a
6/2/2008 Winning the War on Fat Kids
5/26/2008 SUV For Sale
5/21/2008 For Memorial Day -- Quiet Sacrifice
5/19/2008 Grandpa Shacks Up
5/12/2008 Needed -- Will Rogers
5/7/2008 Mother's Day -- Don't Take Her For Granted
5/5/2008 Banking On Food
4/28/2008 Gross National Happiness
4/21/2008 American as Tag and Dodgeball
4/14/2008 Tortured By Taxes
4/7/2008 Male Alimony
3/31/2008 Old School Values
3/24/2008 Lessons From The Photo Box
3/17/2008 May the Easter Bunny Live
3/10/2008 How Not To Honor St Patrick
3/3/2008 Material Kids
2/25/2008 For The Love of Obama
2/18/2008 SI Gets Semi-Naked
2/11/2008 For Valentine's Day - Wooing The Modern Male
2/4/2008 It's Taxing Without Rudy
1/28/2008 Sub-Prime Illiteracy
1/21/2008 Edison's Dim Bulb
1/14/2008 Why Girl Scout Cookies Must Be Banned
1/9/2008 Moving In The Right Direction
1/7/2008 A Dog Named Abner
12/31/2007 Nature Lessons
12/26/2007 100 Years is Enough For Me Pal
12/24/2007 Cable News Covers the Birth of Christ
12/17/2007 Makeup For Men
12/10/2007 Bickering to Save the Earth
12/3/2007 Beware of the Office Christmas Party
11/26/2007 The Trial of Santa Claus
11/19/2007 A Thankful American
11/12/2007 What Does Hillary Want
11/5/2007 Soaking Taxpayers
10/29/2007 Mother Of All Landlord Taxes
10/22/2007 Contemporary Halloween
10/15/2007 Fred Thompson's Wife
10/8/2007 Tom Brady's Kid
10/1/2007 Health Savings Account Is A Beautiful Thing
9/24/2007 Bullies Technology and Bullets
9/17/2007 Men Women And The Housework Enigma
9/10/2007 Pampered College Kids
9/4/2007 On Rudeness and Miss Manners
8/27/2007 On Handwritten Letters
8/22/2007 On Picnics and Social Connectedness
8/20/2007 On Sailboats and Womens Equality Day
8/13/2007 How Ethanol is Ruining My Social Life
8/6/2007 On Big Families
7/30/2007 Baby Names
7/23/2007 Tapped Out On Bottled Water
7/16/2007 On Big Houses
7/9/2007 My Terrorist Doc
7/2/2007 If Washington Crossed The Delaware in 2007
6/25/2007 Will Rogers on Congress
6/18/2007 Summer Camp
6/13/2007 For Father's Day
6/11/2007 American Morality
6/4/2007 The Ugly Truth
5/29/2007 He's Not a Hitter He's a Baby Sitter
5/23/2007 For Memorial Day - A Veteran's Spirit
5/21/2007 Crying At Work
5/17/2007 If Osama Were to Speak to the Grads
5/14/2007 The Clinton Marriage
5/9/2007 For Mother's Day - A Mother's Determination
5/7/2007 Barbecue Sins
5/2/2007 Exploiting The American Prom
4/30/2007 Uninformed Americans
4/26/2007 The Waltons - Grocery Shopping and Thursday Night
4/23/2007 Distressed - American Sensibility
4/16/2007 Needed - Stereo Console
4/9/2007 Why Spring Taxes Me
4/2/2007 War Games
3/30/2007 Foreclosed Common Sense
3/26/2007 Year 2027 - Designer Babies
3/19/2007 Taxing Quotations
3/12/2007 Needed -- More Irish Humor
3/6/2007 Needed This St. Patrick's Day - Ronald Reagan
3/5/2007 Craving Fame
2/26/2007 Wild Woolly Affair
2/22/2007 Cold Hard Science
2/19/2007 A Clever Tax Scheme
2/12/2007 For Presidents Day - George Washington Makeover
2/7/2007 For Valentine's Day - When There Was Romance
2/5/2007 The Handwriting of Bush Reid and Pelosi
1/29/2007 No Respect No Respect at All
1/26/2007 Why Groundhog Day Should Be Outlawed
1/22/2007 Women Without Husbands
1/19/2007 Privacy What Privacy
1/15/2007 On Meter Maids and Democrats
1/8/2007 My Addiction To Trans Fats
12/31/2006 Another New Year Resolution - Tech Etiquette
12/27/2006 New Year's Resolution - Ownership Society
12/18/2006 Cupcake Ban
12/14/2006 What Kids Really Want For Christmas
12/11/2006 For The Contemporary American Male Man Bag
12/1/2006 Good Grief It's Christmas
11/17/2006 The Real Thanksgiving
11/6/2006 Veterans Day Column - The Veteran's Soul
10/23/2006 Ban On Halloween
10/3/2006 Columbus Day Oct 9th - Exploring Christopher Columbus
9/19/2006 Conspiracy Theory
8/30/2006 Labor Day - I Wish I Were French
8/8/2006 Dinner Bells
6/25/2006 The Fourth Of July - Hot Diggity Dog
6/14/2006 For Father's Day - The Apple Core And The Toilet
5/23/2006 For Memorial Day - Guards of Ageless Honor
5/8/2006 For Mother's Day - Hardest Job of Them All
3/13/2006 The Value Of Irish Humor

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