Marty Wombacher

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Marty Wombacher (born 1957/1958[1]) is an American writer and photojournalist, born in Peoria, Illinois, who lived in New York City from 1993 to 2012. In 2012 he moved back to his hometown of Peoria and began a blog about living in the Midwest.[citation needed]

Wombacher's first publishing success was Trivial Trivia, The Idiot Edition, which he created with Greg Owens.[citation needed] The 1985 game was a satire of Trivial Pursuit and it became a success[2][third-party source needed] after DJ Gene Konrad featured the game on his local morning show on WIRL in Peoria.[citation needed] The U.P.I. wire service picked the story up and it was featured in newspapers, radio shows and TV news across the country. The peak of the success came when Wombacher and Owens appeared on The Today Show in New York City and were interviewed by Jane Pauley in 1986.[2][third-party source needed]

From 1989[citation needed] to 1993 he was the editor, publisher and[citation needed] one of the primary writers for People of Peoria (later shortened to POP) magazine. The magazine was published and distributed out of Peoria, Illinois.[1] The quarterly publication was popular with positive write-ups appearing in the Peoria Journal Star, Chicago Tribune and Spin magazine.[citation needed]

From 1990 to 1993 Wombacher did freelance feature writing for the daily newspaper, The Pekin Daily Times.[citation needed]

In 1993, Wombacher moved to New York City[1][3][2] and has written for the New York Post, New York Daily News, New York Newsday, Time Out New York, Gadfly magazine, Nerve magazine and New York Press among others.[citation needed]

From 1993 to 2000 he was the editor, publisher and primary writer for fishwrap magazine, a satirical magazine whose focus was mainstream media, in particular magazines.[2] The magazine was based out of New York City[2] and was given favorable write-ups and reviews in: USA Today, Men's Journal, the Peoria Journal Star, New York Post, New York Daily News, the Chicago Tribune and the New York Press. It had national distribution from Big Top Publishing out of San Francisco.[citation needed]

In 2002, Wombacher wrote the book 99 Beers Off The Wall.[2] He wrote another book, The Boy Who Would Be A Fire Truck, in 2008.[1][2]

Wombacher finished his website, A Guy Walks Into 365 Bars, on January 10, 2011.[citation needed]

He retired his Marty After Dark blog in 2012.[citation needed]

He retired his Tripping With Marty. blog in December 2012 and moved back to his hometown of Peoria, Illinois.[citation needed]

He's currently blogging at Meanwhile, Back In Peoria...


  1. ^ a b c d "Lighting a fire in the publishing world". Peoria Journal Star. July 23, 2008. Retrieved November 11, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Wombacher, Marty (February 10, 2009). "Lulu Author Interview: Marty Wombacher". Lulu Blog (Interview). |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. ^ Bell, Bill (July 31, 1995). "It's His Mag Mag Mag Mag World". New York Daily News. Retrieved November 11, 2015.

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