Nebraska Authors

Alfred L. Frisbie


Born Grinnell, IA (USA)

Died 2017-02-24

Al Frisbie enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942, where he earned a Purple Heart. The Omaha World Herald was his first job after leaving the military, and he wrote for them for 39 years following World War II. His weekly column featured humorous conversations between himself and his cat, “Pep”, but he wrote on several serious topics as well. In 1972 he wrote about the deadly floods that had occurred in Rapid City, South Dakota, and his work was powerful enought that it was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Frisbie was born in Grinnell, Iowa, and his father served as publisher for the Grinnell Herald Register there. Frisbie wasn’t just a columnist, he was a sports writer, a copy editor, a makeup editor, a youth activities director, and a Saturday edition editor. He was known for being a very giving person, and had several favorite charities, including the Salvation Army, the Humane Society, and the Open Door Mission. He died in February of 2017 at age 95 from lymphoma, and the best of his column is immortalized in the book “Hey Fatso!”.

Author Of

  • Journalism



Places Worked

Omaha World Herald


Pulitzer Prize 1972


Kiwanis Club
The Salvation Army
Open Door Mission
Humane Society


“Hey Fatso!”. 1985.

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