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Pauline Phillips, longtime Dear Abby advice columnist, dies at 94
CNN ^ | 1/17/13 | Michael Martinez

Posted on 01/17/2013 3:05:27 PM PST by Borges

Pauline Phillips, better known to millions of newspaper readers as the original Dear Abby advice columnist, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease, her family said Thursday.

She died Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at age 94. Phillips' columns were published in an era when newspaper readers began to prize straight-talking, pithy advice about marriages, children, jobs -- just about anything that troubled people.

Phillips wrote under the pen name of Abigail Van Buren, shortened to "Dear Abby" in newspapers. "Abigail" was taken from the wise woman in the Old Testament and "Van Buren" was one of her favorite presidents.

The first Dear Abby column appeared in 1956, and Phillips solely wrote the advice feature until 2000, when she and daughter Jeanne began sharing the byline.

Jeanne Phillips took the column over full time in August 2002, when the family announced that Pauline Phillips had Alzheimer's.

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1 posted on 01/17/2013 3:05:37 PM PST by Borges
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To: Borges

RIP Dear Abby.


2 posted on 01/17/2013 3:07:52 PM PST by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Borges

Dear Abby,

I feel like everyone I’ve ever depended on has died and left me alone. My mother died two years ago. Not long afterwards my father passed away and, just after that I lost both my sister any my wife in the same week. I’m always feeling like anyone I depend on is going to die. How can I get over this, Abby? It’s beginning to feel like you’re all I have left.

Signed,
Cursed by Death in Dallas


3 posted on 01/17/2013 3:08:38 PM PST by mnehring
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To: Borges

RIP. She received her full measure in life; what else can we hope for?


4 posted on 01/17/2013 3:10:02 PM PST by rockvillem
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To: Borges

From good advice, to lefty advice, that column sure adapted to the 1970s quickly.


5 posted on 01/17/2013 3:31:16 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: Borges

RIP.


6 posted on 01/17/2013 3:34:39 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: ansel12

As an only child, I was dismayed and disgusted when “Dear Abby” warned women to avoid men who were only children because they are selfish.That kind of ignorant advice was typical of her column. I,for one, wish her column had ended 50 years ago.


7 posted on 01/17/2013 3:37:29 PM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: hoosierham

I tend to agree with her as they tend to be self absorbed
& petulant. :0)


8 posted on 01/17/2013 3:45:05 PM PST by alice_in_bubbaland (When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes mandatory- Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Borges
Dear Abby,

Why are there so many liberal dumbasses in this country and how can this country have fallen so far that an illegimate Marxist Muslim can occupy the White House and keep a whole nation hostage and nothing be done about his treasnous actions by a cowardly Congress?

Signed,
Baffled as hell
9 posted on 01/17/2013 3:56:59 PM PST by crosshairs (They are only assault weapons in the hands of tyrannical governments and criminals. Ban both.)
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To: hoosierham

I have an old book by Dear Abby, and you can see how her advice was conservative, and then instantly adopted the left’s agenda with feminism and accepting of new social positions.

It went from good advice to ‘life is too short for a bad marriage, move on’.


10 posted on 01/17/2013 3:57:37 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: Borges

The sisters grew up in a religious Jewish home in Iowa, but became worldly and liberal.


11 posted on 01/17/2013 4:02:31 PM PST by iowamark
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To: Borges; HiJinx; Kathy in Alaska; AZamericonnie; LUV W

RIP Abby.


12 posted on 01/17/2013 4:04:17 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Borges; HiJinx; Kathy in Alaska; AZamericonnie; LUV W

RIP Abby.


13 posted on 01/17/2013 4:07:39 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: ansel12

And yet...

“She is survived by her husband of 73 years”


14 posted on 01/17/2013 4:08:02 PM PST by Borges
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To: SandRat

Aww.....

Actually, I thought she had already died. Not funny, but I guess when her daughter took over her column, I thought it was because she was deceased.


15 posted on 01/17/2013 4:24:46 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: alice_in_bubbaland

I lump personal advice columnists along with astrolgers as charlatans preying on the weak-minded.


16 posted on 01/17/2013 5:03:13 PM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Borges

Lot’s of lefties have long marriages, what is the point?


17 posted on 01/17/2013 5:58:11 PM PST by ansel12 (Cruz said "conservatives trust Sarah Palin that if she says this guy is a conservative, that he is")
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To: ansel12

It’s just a contrast from her advice to give up on a marriage given at the first sign of problems.


18 posted on 01/17/2013 7:22:21 PM PST by Borges
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To: hoosierham

The difference being that astrology is total bunk but good advice is good advice in any walk of life. It’s just a question of where it’s coming from.


19 posted on 01/17/2013 7:24:01 PM PST by Borges
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To: mnehring

www.dearmrsweb.com


20 posted on 01/17/2013 7:25:21 PM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Borges; a fool in paradise; Slings and Arrows
Dear Abby, Dear Abby ...
My feet are too long
My hair's falling out and my rights are all wrong
My friends they all tell me that I've no friends at all
Won't you write me a letter, Won't you give me a call
Signed Bewildered

Bewildered, Bewildered...

Chorus:
You have no complaint
You are what your are and you ain't what you ain't
So listen up Buster, and listen up good
Stop wishing for bad luck and knocking on wood

Dear Abby, Dear Abby...
My fountain pen leaks
My wife hollers at me and my kids are all freaks
Every side I get up on is the wrong side of bed
If it weren't so expensive I'd wish I were dead
Signed Unhappy

Unhappy, Unhappy...

Repeat Chorus

Dear Abby, Dear Abby...
You won't believe this
But my stomach makes noises whenever I kiss
My girlfriend tells me It's all in my head
But my stomach tells me to write you instead
Signed Noise-maker

Noise-maker, Noise-maker

Repeat Chorus

Dear Abby, Dear Abby...
Well I never thought
That me and my girlfriend would ever get caught
We were sitting in the back seat just shooting the breeze
With her hair up in curlers and her pants to her knees
Signed Just Married

Just Married, Just Married...

Repeat Chorus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2ccC4aULow


21 posted on 01/17/2013 7:26:00 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

Dear Abbey,
How come you don’t answer my letters anymore? Huh?

Signed,
Frustrated


22 posted on 01/18/2013 3:17:33 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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