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Name: Scott Raymond Adams                                                           
Born: 8 June 1957 Windham, New York                                                 
Scott Raymond Adams (born June 8, 1957) is the creator of the Dilbert comic         
strip and the author of several business commentaries, social satires, and           
experimental philosophy books.                                                       
Adams was born in Windham, New York in 1957 and received his Bachelor's degree       
in Economics from Hartwick College in 1979.                                         
He also studied economics and management for his 1986 MBA from the Haas School       
of Business at the University of California, Berkeley.                               
In recent years, Adams has been hurt with a series of debilitating health           
problems. Since late 2004, he has suffered from a reemergence of his focal           
dystonia which has affected his drawing. He can fool his brain by drawing           
using a graphics tablet. On December 12, 2005, Adams announced on his blog that     
he also suffers from spasmodic dysphonia, a condition that causes the vocal         
cords to behave in an abnormal manner. However, on October 24, 2006, he again       
blogged stating that he had recovered from this condition, although he is unsure     
if the recovery is permanent. He claims to have developed a method to work           
around the disorder and has been able to speak normally since. Also, on January     
21, 2007, he posted a blog entry detailing his experiences with treatment by Dr.     
Morton Cooper.                                                                       
Adams is also a trained hypnotist, as well as a vegetarian. (Mentioned in, "Dilbert: 
A Treasury of Sunday Strips 00).                                                     
He married Shelly Miles on July 22, 2006.                                           
Adams writes in a satirical, often sarcastic way about the social and mental         
landscape of white-collar workers in modern corporations and other large             
enterprises. The style is reminiscent of other writers in this genre, for           
example C. Northcote Parkinson.                                                     
Prior to his success as a writer/cartoonist, Adams worked closely with               
telecommunications engineers at Crocker National Bank in San Francisco between       
1979 and 1986, and at Pacific Bell between 1986 and June 1995, and draws on         
their personalities for those of his Dilbert characters. Adams first published       
Dilbert in 1989, while still employed at Pacific Bell.                               
He is also the CEO of Scott Adams Foods, Inc., makers of the Dilberito & Protein     
Chef, and a co-owner of Stacey's Cafe in Pleasanton, California. Much of his         
interest in the food business comes from the fact that he is a vegetarian.           
Stephan Pastis, creator of Pearls Before Swine credits Adams for launching his       
career as a cartoonist.                                                             
In 1997, at the invitation of Logitech CEO Pierluigi Zappacosta, Adams, wearing     
a wig and false mustache, successfully impersonated a management consultant and     
tricked Logitech managers into adopting a mission statement that Adams described     
as "so impossibly complicated that it has no real context whatsoever."               
Adams is an avid fan of the science fiction TV series Babylon 5. He appeared in     
the season 4 episode "Moments of Transition" as a character named "Mr. Adams,"       
who hires former head of security Michael Garibaldi to find his lost dog and cat.   
He also had a cameo in a third-season episode of NewsRadio, in which the             
character Matthew Brock, played by Andy Dick, becomes an obsessed Dilbert fan.       
He is a member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.