By Rick Kogan
For 2 generations of american citizens, interpreting Ann Landers's day-by-day column used to be as vital as consuming breakfast. for almost fifty years a whole kingdom became to this quick-witted, worldly-wise counselor for recommendation on every thing from dinner etiquette to intercourse. yet who used to be the lady 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 suggestion column in 1955 -- and over the following half-century she contributed to shaping the nation's social and sexual panorama. Award-winning journalist Rick Kogan was once Ann Landers's final editor and shut good friend, 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 shrink back from even the main debatable issues; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. full of outstanding tales shared through humans from all walks of lifestyles who have been profoundly laid low with the great experience and tips 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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It was familiar territory to them since also, while living in Eau Claire, Eppie would frequently hop the train into the city, with Popo and often with Margo as well, for one- or twoday shopping trips. The family moved into a three-bedroom apartment at 1000 Lake Shore Drive, at the corner of Oak Street. It was one of the city’s most prominent buildings, situated in an area called the Gold Coast. The building had—still has—a magniﬁcent view of the lake to the east and the crescent-shaped stretch of sand known as Oak Street Beach.
When the Crowleys came to visit us [in San Francisco], Dad and Uncle Bill would take our cousins and us ﬁshing while Aunt Ruth worked on her column in my brother’s room. ’ “Aunt Ruth rarely responded to questions like that. She was so busy answering letters as Ann Landers, writing the baby column, doing her TV show and raising three kids that she just burrowed in and got the work done. Often when the mail built up, her teenage daughter Diane helped sort, ﬁle, brainstorm, and telephone various experts whom Aunt Ruth had painstakingly sought out.
He asked me all sorts of questions, and what I told Larry was that the column wasn’t about scrapbooks or psychology. It was about helping people, and all I wanted was a chance,” Eppie told me about her ﬁrst meeting with Fanning. At the end of that meeting, Fanning handed her a stack of letters that made up the contest packet and told Eppie to take them home and answer them as best she could. Eppie went to work immediately. A number of the women involved would later report that the contest was “blind,” with each applicant given a letter code.
America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers by Rick Kogan