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Q: Real life Dilberts source ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   2 Comments )
Subject: Real life Dilberts source
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Comics and Animation
Asked by: lendu-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 06 Feb 2003 01:52 PST
Expires: 08 Mar 2003 01:52 PST
Question ID: 157971
Please find out a source and produce a reference (if possible) for the
popular and very funny Real Life Dilberts email, which typically
states 'A magazine recently ran a "Dilbert Quotes" contest'.

So can anyone trace that magazine competition and provide reference to
the original article?

To see the email, try


Request for Question Clarification by bio-ga on 06 Feb 2003 04:40 PST
I have just sent an e-mail to Scott Adams and waiting for an answer.
He must be aware of it if the contest is true.

Clarification of Question by lendu-ga on 07 Feb 2003 05:24 PST
Email Scott Adams is a great idea. Hope he gets back...

Request for Question Clarification by bio-ga on 17 Feb 2003 10:15 PST
This is the (late) answer from Scott Adams:


I've seen it, but I don't know its source. Not the newsletter though.


Hope this helps

Clarification of Question by lendu-ga on 18 Feb 2003 08:27 PST
Hmm. So I can safely say this is an urban legend of some sort. First
one to post answer can claim the money.

Subject: Re: Real life Dilberts source
Answered By: bio-ga on 18 Feb 2003 15:35 PST
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

As a fan (and subscriber) of Dilbert, the topic was also interesting
to me. Since Scott Adams himself is not aware of the contest, it is
most probably an urban legend. The entries are not from the Dilbert
Newsletter, as Adams said.

Hope this helps
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lendu-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Good answer showing commendale initiative by contacting Scott Adams.
However, does not provide answer explicitly - it is still unclear
whether the contest ever took place. But then, how much can you expect
for mere $3?

Subject: Re: Real life Dilberts source
From: answerfinder-ga on 06 Feb 2003 03:31 PST
The earliest source I've found using Google and LexisNexis(News
database) is San Jose Mercury 10 April 1998 Friday Morning Edition
repeated at

No idea on the magazine though. 

These are suggested elsewhere but there is no corroboration:
Silicon Valley Today 
(Information dated 12 April 1999)

Mr Biker magazine (no date)

Perhaps another researcher may be succesful.
Subject: Re: Real life Dilberts source
From: lendu-ga on 06 Feb 2003 03:37 PST
Thanks for your searches - you got as far as I did. Potentially an
urban legend?
If someone doesn't come up with the original source, happy to rate
your answer hihgly and pay you off...

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