Sunday, January 20, 2013

‘Dear Abby’ – The Person Not the Column – Passes Away

And Here is a Small Tribute - From In Her Own Words

Abigail Van Buren is better known to everyone as ‘Dear Abby’ although her real name is Pauline Phillips.  She along with her late twin sister ‘Ann Landers’ wrote advice columns in the daily newspapers.  The New York Times has a wonderfully written obituary, and at the end is this reproduction of an advice comment that so highly reflects on Ms. Van Buren that nothing else need be said.

Dear Abby: Two men who claim to be father and adopted son just bought an old mansion across the street and fixed it up. We notice a very suspicious mixture of company coming and going at all hours — blacks, whites, Orientals, women who look like men and men who look like women. ... This has always been considered one of the finest sections of San Francisco, and these weirdos are giving it a bad name. How can we improve the neighborhood? — Nob Hill Residents
Dear Residents: You could move.

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