Dear abby’s wisdom and humor spanned 5 decades.
Who Doesn’t Remember Dear Abby?
I doubt there is any one reading this who is not aware of the world’s greatest giver of advice.
I thought it would be nice to share a little of yesterday.Beginning in 1956, readers across America began to read Dear Abby. Some thought it would be nice to write her.
And They Did, By The Millions.
For some five decades, her syndicated column answered real letters from real readers. She answered two or three every day. No one ever lost sight of her often blunt yet humorous answers.
My math tells me Dear Abby answered more than 54,000 letters.
Pauline Friedman Phillips is Abby’s real name. She said she took her pen name from the scripture verse of 1 Samuel 25:33 Blessed is your advice and blessed are you…
Her last name, Van Buren, comes from the former United States President.
Abigail Van Buren was a twin to her sister Esther. The world knows her as Ann Landers.
I took a look at what Dear Abby has given us. I found some of her answers that were published, and some humor that wasn’t.
Hope These Will Cause A Smile Or Two
Dear Abby: What’s the difference between a wife and a mistress? —Bess
Dear Bess: Night and Day.
Dear Abby: I know boys will be boys, but my ‘boy’ is seventy-three and he’s still chasing women. Any suggestions? —Annie
Dear Annie: Don’t worry. My dog has been chasing cars for years, but if he ever caught one, he wouldn’t know what to do with it.
Dear Abby: Our son married a girl when he was in the service. They were married in February and she had an 8 1/2-pound baby girl in August. She said the baby was premature. Can an 8 1/2-pound baby be this premature? —Wanting to Know
Dear Wanting: The baby was on time. The wedding was late. Forget it.
Dear Abby: I’ve been going steady with this man for six years. We see each other every night. He says he loves me, and I know I love him, but he never mentions marriage. Do you think he’s going out with me just for what he can get? —Gertie
Dear Gertie: I don’t know. What’s he getting?
Dear Abby: I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can’t afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Have you any suggestions? —M.J.B. in Oakland, Calif.
Dear M.J.B.: Yes. Run for a public office.
DEAR ABBY: I am a twenty-three-year-old liberated woman who has been on the pill for two years. It’s getting expensive and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don’t know him well enough to discuss money with him.
DEAR ABBY: I was married to Bill for three months and I didn’t know he drank until one night he came home sober.
DEAR ABBY: I have a man I never could trust. Why, he cheats so much I’m not even sure this baby I’m carrying is his.
DEAR ABBY: I suspected that my husband had been fooling around, and when I confronted him with the evidence he denied everything and said it would never happen again.
DEAR ABBY: Do you think it would be alright if I gave my doctor a little gift? I tried for years to get pregnant and couldn’t and he finally did it.
Yes, Dear Abby’s Wisdom and Humor Had A Way Of Setting The Record Straight.
Millions turned daily to her column. Some for advice, and others for the entertainment value she always seemed to provide.
Hope you enjoyed this. I had fun reading some old stuff.
It’s all real. People actually wrote the letters. I have read that she did not answer all her letters, but tried hard to read them all.
I wonder what would happen if people started writing me with Dear Grandpa questions.
Questions or comments? Leave them in the comments section below and we can talk. —Robert