Pauline Friedman Phillips, who wrote the long-running and much beloved “Dear Abby” column, has died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 94.
Perhaps because of her diagnosis, Phillips’ daughter took over the column years ago, but there is still a veritable treasure trove of advice from the original “Abby.”
On life’s little surprises
DEAR ABBY: Our son was married in January. Five months later his wife had a ten-pound baby girl. They said the baby was premature. Tell me, can a baby this big be that early? — Wondering
DEAR Wondering: The baby was on time, the wedding was late.
DEAR ABBY: Is it possible for a man to be in love with two women at the same time? — Jake
DEAR Jake: Yes, and also hazardous
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.
On good manners
DEAR ABBY: When you are being introduced, is it alright to say, “I’ve heard a lot about you?” — Rita
DEAR Rita: It depends on what you heard.
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. Any suggestions? — Sam in CAL
DEAR Sam: Yes. Run for public office.
On the fine line between art and commerce
DEAR ABBY: What inspires you most to write? — TED
DEAR Ted: The Bureau of Internal Revenue.
DEAR ABBY: I am forty-four years old and I would like to meet a man my age with no bad habits. — ROSE
DEAR Rose: So would I.
DEAR ABBY: Do you think about dying much? — Curious
DEAR Curious: No, it’s the last thing I want to do.