Jan 18, 2013

Dear Abby Lived with Alzheimer's, Dies

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?

Dear M. J. B.: Yes. Run for a public office.

Pauline Phillips, better known as Dear Abby, died at the age of 94. She lived with Alzheimer's  for more than a decade.

Dear Abby Lived with Alzheimer's, Dies
Pauline Phillips, left, who wrote an advice column as Dear Abby, with her twin sister, Eppie Lederer, who wrote a column as Ann Landers, in 1986 at their 50th high school reunion. Source New York Times

Did you know that Ann Landers (Eppie Lederer) was her twin sister?

What a pair those two must have been.

In case you are wondering, her column was carried on by her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, who owns the legal rights to the pen name. A very hard act to follow for sure.

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Dear Abby: "What would you do with a man who refuses to use a deodorant, seldom bathes, and doesn't even own a toothbrush?"

"Absolutely nothing," she replied.

Think about it for a minute.

If you are interested in reading more about Dear Abby I suggest you read these excellent articles.



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