61 Facts About Scott Adams


Scott Raymond Adams was born on June 8,1957 and is an American author and cartoonist.


Scott Adams is the creator of the syndicated Dilbert comic strip, and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, and business.


Dilbert remained popular throughout the following decades, spawning several books written by Scott Adams and becoming something of a cultural touchstone.


Scott Adams writes in a satirical, often sarcastic way about the social and psychological landscape of white-collar workers in modern corporations.


In 2023, Dilbert was dropped by numerous newspapers and its distributor, Andrews McMeel Syndication, after Scott Adams published a video in which he characterized Black people as a "hate group" and advised White people to "get the hell away from Black people".


Scott Adams relaunched the strip as Dilbert Reborn on Locals in March 2023.


Scott Adams was born on June 8,1957 in Windham, New York, the son of Paul and Virginia Scott Adams.


Scott Adams has described himself as "about half German" and has English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, and Dutch ancestry.


In 2016, Scott Adams said he had a small amount of Native American ancestry, but later discovered via 23andme genetic testing that he does not have any detectable Native American genetic markers.


Scott Adams was a fan of Peanuts comics while growing up and started drawing comics at age 6.


Scott Adams graduated from Windham-Ashland-Jewett Central School in 1975 and was the valedictorian of his class of 39 students.


Scott Adams remained in the area and earned a BA in economics from Hartwick College in 1979.


In 1986, Scott Adams earned an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.


Scott Adams took Dale Carnegie Training and called it "life changing".


Scott Adams worked closely with telecommunications engineers at Crocker National Bank in San Francisco between 1979 and 1986.


Scott Adams's positions included management trainee, computer programmer, budget analyst, commercial lender, product manager, and supervisor.


Scott Adams worked at Pacific Bell between 1986 and June 30,1995, and the personalities he encountered there inspired many of his Dilbert characters.


In 1989, while still employed at Pacific Bell, Scott Adams launched Dilbert with United Media.


Scott Adams's first payment for Dilbert was a monthly royalty check of $368.62.


Scott Adams attributed his success to his idea of including his email address in the panels, which resulted in feedback and suggestions from readers.


Scott Adams' success grew, and he became a full-time cartoonist as Dilbert reached 800 newspapers.


In 1997, Scott Adams won the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist and Best Newspaper Comic Strip.


Scott Adams tricked Logitech managers into adopting a mission statement that Adams described as "so impossibly complicated that it has no real content whatsoever".


Scott Adams's writing in San Jose Mercury News West Magazine regarding the incident earned him an Orwell Award.


Scott Adams served as executive producer and showrunner, along with Seinfeld writer Larry Charles.


On June 28,2020, Scott Adams asserted to his followers on Twitter that the show had been canceled because he was White and UPN had made a decision to shift toward African-American viewers.


In 2023, Scott Adams announced in a pinned tweet that he had re-published the book for free for his subscribers, and would shortly publish an AI-voiced audiobook version.


In 2015, Scott Adams wrote blog posts predicting that Donald Trump had a 98 percent chance of winning the presidency based on his persuasion skills, and he started writing about Trump's persuasion techniques.


Adams soon developed this as a daily video presentation called Coffee with Scott Adams, distributed to Periscope, YouTube, ScottAdamsSays.


Scott Adams sold off his intellectual property in this venture when the product failed in the marketplace in 2003.


Scott Adams was a restaurateur for a while, but exited that business.


Scott Adams was a fan of the science fiction TV series Babylon 5.


Scott Adams appeared in the season 4 episode "Moments of Transition" as a character named "Mr Adams" who hires former head of security Michael Garibaldi to locate his megalomaniacal dog and cat.


Scott Adams had a cameo in "Review", a third-season episode of the TV series NewsRadio, in which Matthew Brock becomes an obsessed Dilbert fan.


Scott Adams is credited as "Guy in line behind Dave and Joe in first scene".


Scott Adams has been a guest on podcasts including Making Sense with Sam Harris, The Tim Ferriss Show, The James Altucher Show, The Ben Shapiro Show, The Rubin Report, Real Talk with Zuby and The David Pakman Show.


Scott Adams has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher, Commonwealth Club of California, Fox News and Berkeley Haas.


Scott Adams was interviewed for Mike Cernovich's documentaries Silenced and Hoaxed.


In 2016, Scott Adams contributed a chapter of life advice to Tim Ferriss's collection, Tools of Titans.


In 2015, although Scott Adams stated that he would not endorse a candidate for the 2016 elections, he repeatedly praised Donald Trump's persuasion skills.


Scott Adams correctly predicted that Trump would win the Republican nomination and the general election.


In 2018, Scott Adams similarly praised the persuasion skills of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.


Scott Adams has compared women asking for equal pay to children demanding candy.


Scott Adams pointed out "satanic coincidences" in the Joe Biden presidential campaign.


Scott Adams said his comments were inspired by his own stepson, who became addicted to drugs aged 14 and later died of a fentanyl overdose.


In January 2023, Scott Adams announced that he was considering taking legal action against political cartoonist Ben Garrison for an allegedly defamatory cartoon about his view on masking and COVID-19 vaccines.


On June 28,2020, Scott Adams said on Twitter that the Dilbert TV show was cancelled because he was White and UPN had decided to focus on an African-American audience, and that he had been "discriminated against".


On February 22,2023, Scott Adams responded to a poll by Rasmussen Reports, a pollster often cited by conservative media, that asked respondents if they agreed with the statement "It's okay to be white"; the Anti-Defamation League said the seemingly innocuous phrase began being used online in 2017 as part of an alt-right trolling campaign and is associated with the white supremacist movement.


Scott Adams announced that on March 13,2023, the strip would return as Dilbert Reborn on the subscription website Locals.


Since late 2004, Scott Adams has suffered from focal dystonia, which has affected his ability to draw for lengthy periods.


Scott Adams suffered from spasmodic dysphonia, a condition that causes the vocal cords to behave abnormally.


Scott Adams married Shelly Miles aboard a yacht, the Galaxy Commodore, on July 22,2006, in San Francisco Bay, in a ceremony conducted by the ship's captain.


Scott Adams was stepfather to Miles' two children, Savannah and Justin, the latter of whom died of a fentanyl overdose in 2018 at age 18, prompting Scott Adams to start the service WhenHub.


On Christmas Day in 2019, Scott Adams announced on his podcast that he was engaged to Kristina Basham, and later revealed that they had married on July 11,2020.


On March 10,2022, Scott Adams announced on his YouTube podcast that he and Basham were getting divorced.


Scott Adams has described a method he has used that he says gave him success: he pictured in his mind what he wanted and wrote it down 15 times a day on a piece of paper.


Scott Adams has received recognition for his work, including the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award and Newspaper Comic Strip Award for 1997 for his work on Dilbert.


Scott Adams climbed the European Foundation for Management Development rankings of the 50 most influential management thinkers, placing 31st in 2001,27th in 2003,12th in 2005, and 21st in 2007.


Scott Adams received the Orwell Award in 1998 for his participation in "Mission Impertinent" for San Jose Mercury News West Magazine.


Scott Adams has coined several words and phrases over the years, including Confusopoly, the Dilbert principle, Elbonia as shorthand for offshore work, and Pointy-Haired Boss and Induhvidual as insults.


Scott Adams is quoted in the book Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson.