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Old 01-17-2013, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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When we look back at the newspaper industry of yesteryear, some of us remember what attracted us to the daily paper. Today, one of the icons of the era, Dear Abby passed away. What few realize is that her sister was Ann Landers and they competed for column space in papers all over the country. Advice to the lovelorn, whatever you call it, they probably had more readers than the President of the US. Just recognizing a passing era not likely to be duplicated. Opraha is the closest we have today. But TV is different than just print. With print you have to use your imagination to get the full meaning.

 
Old 01-17-2013, 02:46 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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My Mom used to read Dear Abby in Readers Digest when I was growing up. Once in a while she would read it to me or my sister, for whatever reason.
 
Old 01-17-2013, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Mason, OH
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My Mom used to read Dear Abby in Readers Digest when I was growing up. Once in a while she would read it to me or my sister, for whatever reason.
Wasn't too hard to figure out. It used to be what Americana denoted. People just followed their brand of homespun family gospel. Very little left around today, does that make us better off?
 
Old 01-17-2013, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati
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Wasn't too hard to figure out. It used to be what Americana denoted. People just followed their brand of homespun family gospel. Very little left around today, does that make us better off?
I don't think so. The decline of the family structure has been nothing but bad.
 
Old 01-17-2013, 03:20 PM
 
Location: USA
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There were many articles written about the twins. Imo, most people knew the two were sisters. They were often guests on talk shows, although separately, but, neither kept quiet when asked about the other. I grew up during the time of "Happy Days," and sadly, those days are long gone and newspapers are dying off. Children born today will probably not even be able to comprehend what those days were like.
 
Old 01-18-2013, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Lebanon
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There were many articles written about the twins. Imo, most people knew the two were sisters. They were often guests on talk shows, although separately, but, neither kept quiet when asked about the other. I grew up during the time of "Happy Days," and sadly, those days are long gone and newspapers are dying off. Children born today will probably not even be able to comprehend what those days were like.
As a kid I read the whole paper, including Ann Landers. She sounded a lot like my mom to me - traditional but practical, and with a dash of humor. I think part of the attraction of those columns was not just the advice, but the little glimpses you got into the personal lives of those who wrote in. That was my window on the world outside my family, in the days before reality TV took the same concept to the point of wretched excess.

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Old 01-21-2013, 03:23 AM
 
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I loved BOTH Abby and Ann. And I'm glad there's a thread honoring them. However, I'm closing this thread since, although they appeared in local papers, they are not truly a local topic.
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