By Rick Kogan
For 2 generations of usa citizens, studying Ann Landers's day-by-day column used to be as vital as consuming breakfast. for almost fifty years a whole country grew to become to this quick-witted, worldly-wise counselor for suggestion on every thing from dinner etiquette to intercourse. yet who used to be the girl at the back of the byline? Iowa-born Eppie Lederer used to be first employed by means of the Chicago Sun-Times to take over the day-by-day recommendation column in 1955 -- and over the subsequent half-century she assisted in shaping the nation's social and sexual panorama. Award-winning journalist Rick Kogan was once Ann Landers's final editor and shut pal, and he paints a desirable, full-bodied account of the triumphs, the knowledge, the braveness, and the pains of 1 of the 20 th century's so much enduring icons -- together with her painful lifelong feud along with her exact dual sister, "Dear Abby"; her obdurate refusal to draw back from even the main arguable issues; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. full of impressive tales shared by way of humans from all walks of lifestyles who have been profoundly tormented by the nice feel and counsel of Ann Landers, America's mother is a relocating tribute to a unique girl who has earned an everlasting position in our tradition ... and our hearts.
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She moved from syndicate to syndicate, also writing books with such titles as 1939’s How to Win and Hold a Husband. She died in New Orleans, A M E R I C A’ S M O M • 4 1 Louisiana, on December 16, 1951. In a rare interview in 1947, Gilmer told Chicago columnist Irv Kupcinet, “[The times] decidedly have [changed]. I can recall many years ago when girls would write to ask if it was proper for them to help a gentleman on with his coat. ” Kupcinet, who would later become a colleague and close friend of Eppie’s, asked the octogenarian Gilmer about the origins of her column name and she told him, “I always liked the name Dorothy, so I took it.
I don’t how I knew that story but I did. And I started to think that if he hadn’t done that then she wouldn’t have been here and she wouldn’t have been Ann Landers looking at me and helping me get through the night. It all seemed too perfect. ” It was the “in” thing to do. After I graduated from high school, I worked at a newspaper/radio advertising company in downtown Chicago and in the summertime, a group of coworkers and I sat on one of the tour boats that were docked in the river. Every day we’d have lunch there, read Ann Landers, and discuss her responses, sometimes getting into heated conversations.
She was Catholic and her ﬁancé was Protestant. This was causing friction between the families of the two lovebirds, prompting all manner of troubles and questions, including arguments about which church would be the setting for the nuptials. One morning she sat down and wrote to Ann Landers, whose advice column was carried by her local newspaper. There were still four major newspapers in Chicago in 1955. The Tribune was by far dominant, with a circulation of 907,570. The Daily News had 591,341 and its afternoon rival the American 524,656.