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Were you a fan of the original Dear Abby, and her no-nonsense advice?

L.A. Times 2013/01/18 16:00:00
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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.

The wry answer from Abigail Van Buren -- the pen name of Pauline Friedman Phillips -- was typical of the advice she dispensed for more than 40 years to newspaper readers around the world through her "Dear Abby" column, which debuted in 1956 in the San Francisco Chronicle. The advice columnist died Wednesday at age 94.

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  • Trish 2013/01/31 01:42:46
    No
    Trish
    I don't know who she is :(
  • Red Branch 2013/01/31 01:41:49
    Yes
    Red Branch
    She was never carried in the newspaper I read. I was a fan of her sister though.
  • jmc07806-PWCM-JLA 2013/01/22 19:44:13
    No
    jmc07806-PWCM-JLA
    I never paid attention to her, but she seemed okay.
  • B.O.Plenty 2013/01/22 17:32:34
    Yes
    B.O.Plenty
    I looked for her column first when i read the paper. I think she was great right up to her last column.
  • Muriel 2013/01/22 05:06:13
    Yes
    Muriel
    Grew up with her and still have many of her columns.
  • star 2013/01/22 03:58:31
    Yes
    star
    I just love good advice.
  • Fashionable60s 2013/01/21 19:43:53
    Yes
    Fashionable60s
    +1
    I found her to be very wise and full of down-to-earth common sensical advices.
  • QC 2013/01/21 08:16:35
    No
    QC
    Dear Abby, I really enjoyed plowing you last night.
  • B.O.Plenty QC 2013/01/22 17:26:46
    B.O.Plenty
    QC you are just almost as funny as a big dose of VD on a wedding night.,
  • QC B.O.Plenty 2013/01/22 19:52:32
    QC
    Your wife gave you VD on your wedding night? Who was she plowing while you two were engaged?
  • Wulfdane 2013/01/21 06:40:47 (edited)
    Yes
    Wulfdane
    +1
    She was married for 73 years, how can I not respect her? You don't remain married for that long without having some good advice to pass on.
  • Ramón 2013/01/21 06:04:45
    Yes
    Ramón
    +1
    Her kiddos are more liberal than her. She was straightforward and to the point. They often take sides on issues only 1% or 2% of the population care about. Glaad they are there though, but stick to mainstream issues!
  • C. C. Rider 2013/01/21 00:32:54
    Yes
    C. C. Rider
    +1
    I still read her to this day even tho it is her daughter doing the writing. Just as good. But for me it was Ann Landers ann landers
  • Kigan 2013/01/21 00:13:02 (edited)
    Yes
    Kigan
    +2
    She was a very smart woman, and her no-nonsense attitude was a breath of fresh air. She probably would have laughed if someone suggested she try to be PC.

    Some people didn't like her for that - Thankfully, I was never one of those people.
  • codenamev 2013/01/20 22:10:47
    No
    codenamev
    +1
    I used to read Dear Abby from time to time and almost always found her thinking to be very archaic. That may have been all well and good in the 50's, but once it got into the 80's and 90's, she was still giving the same advice. She wouldn't evolve or adapt; it was usually just the same old thing.
  • Rosalie 2013/01/20 21:43:51
    Yes
    Rosalie
    +2
    I was and her sister Ann Landers!!!!
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/20 21:23:08 (edited)
    Yes
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    I liked her, but only because I thought her ridiculous answers were funny. Then again, I stopped reading her by the mid-80s, lost interest.
  • Eania 2013/01/20 18:48:00
    No
    Eania
    I've read some of her advice, and it was very repetitive. It seemed more like bitterness cloaked in false wisdom. She sounded like she thought herself superior to the people asking, and often answered with a snooty, or even disdainful note to her writing.
    Besides that, she typically gave advice that indicated a belief that men weren't worth the trouble.
  • Commander Pyle 2013/01/20 17:38:31
    No
    Commander Pyle
    I never became acquainted with her work.
  • Car1u5~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/20 15:19:55
    No
    Car1u5~PWCM~JLA
    never read it.
  • rude rudy 2013/01/20 15:07:42
  • rebeccasrevenge 2013/01/20 14:35:07
    No
    rebeccasrevenge
    +2
    I loved Dear Abby but my favorite was Dotti dotti her advice was hysterical
  • Wahvlvke 2013/01/20 14:33:48
    Yes
    Wahvlvke
    She was not PC ... loved that.
  • Kurt 2013/01/20 12:54:00
    No
    Kurt
    Sorry, but the answers she gave were crap.
  • B.O.Plenty Kurt 2013/01/22 17:33:52
    B.O.Plenty
    Would you know a good answer if you saw one?? I seriously doubt it.
  • SUPREME COSMIC POWER, (SCOPO) 2013/01/20 12:47:39
    Yes
    SUPREME COSMIC POWER, (SCOPO)
    RIP Ms. Pauline Friedman AKA Dear Abby
  • rude rudy SUPREME... 2013/01/20 15:09:45
  • Red Rose rude rudy 2013/01/21 05:06:09
    Red Rose
    So?
  • rude rudy Red Rose 2013/01/21 10:25:50 (edited)
  • mustangluver 2013/01/20 07:35:34
    No
    mustangluver
    +1
    She was a lib...
  • Foxhound BN0 2013/01/20 03:45:59
    No
    Foxhound BN0
    +2
    No. I don't do etiquette. I live by my own rules.
  • Wretha S 2013/01/20 02:15:46
    Yes
    Wretha S
    +1
    I wouldn't say a "fan", but I did read her column growing up, it contained sound advice that is just as good for today as it was for that time.

    Wretha
  • B.O.Plenty Wretha S 2013/01/22 17:29:52
    B.O.Plenty
    +1
    Right on and she was a lovely lady
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/20 00:39:22
    No
    Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    If I want to learn how to deal with my dirty laundry, I'd rather take hints from Heloise.
    hints from Heloise
  • QC Dogzebr... 2013/01/21 08:17:49
    QC
    +1
    Why is she purple? Is she related to Oompa Lumpas?
  • rude rudy Dogzebr... 2013/01/21 10:29:13
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/20 00:33:05
    No
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    And most people thought she was a nut.

    Sure, young people claim that she was really smart, they say that Hitler was intelligent too. Yes, Hitler was a devout evolutionist too.
  • Foxhoun... Torchma... 2013/01/20 03:48:02
    Foxhound BN0
    +1
    And we know believing in evolution leads to burning jews!
  • sockpuppet 2013/01/19 22:26:48
    No
    sockpuppet
    +1
    She always told people to seek counseling. If they could afford that, they wouldn't be writing to an Agony Aunt column in the first place.
  • alexandria 2013/01/19 21:47:59
    Yes
    alexandria
    +14
    She's great!! A wonderful place for people to pour out feelings and seek advice.

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