By Rick Kogan

For 2 generations of usa citizens, interpreting Ann Landers's day-by-day column was once 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 girl in the back of the byline? Iowa-born Eppie Lederer was once first employed by means of the Chicago Sun-Times to take over the day-by-day recommendation column in 1955 -- and over the following half-century she assisted in shaping the nation's social and sexual panorama. Award-winning journalist Rick Kogan used to be 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 turn away from even the main arguable issues; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. full of amazing tales shared via humans from all walks of existence who have been profoundly plagued by the nice feel and tips of Ann Landers, America's mother is a relocating tribute to a unique lady who has earned an everlasting position in our tradition ... and our hearts.

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It was a time of unexpected prosperity. ‘I’ve got a house, a new Chevy. ’ It was a time when one could live a comfortable middle-class life on one income; could play with all sorts of new toys that made life easier—TVs, dishwashers, air conditioning. There was an optimism, especially economic, that does not exist today. ” The fifties certainly seemed a time of optimism for the Lederers. With Jules’s new high-level position and Chicago’s urbane setting, the family had luxuries and a lifestyle not available to them before.

Things changed dramatically after a letter appeared in the “Ann Landers” column in May 1999. The column detailed the symptoms of the disease and mentioned it by name. When I saw that letter, there were screams of joy. I lost my voice because of all the phone calls I made spreading the word. My fingers cramped writing so many e-mails letting people know. I was delirious with happiness because I knew that the article, unbeknownst to Ann Landers, was going to save lives. My husband and I went on a driving vacation shortly after the column appeared.

I was very busy in 1955. I had started Playboy less than two years before and we were all working virtually around the clock in offices across from Holy Name Cathedral. But Eppie and I met early I A M E R I C A’ S M O M • 5 7 on, almost certainly in 1956, and we became very good friends. It might seem unlikely to many people now, but Eppie and I shared similar views on a number of subjects such as gun control and human sexuality. We both believed that whatever went on in the bedroom between consenting adults was natural and healthy.

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