America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers by Rick Kogan

America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers by Rick Kogan

By Rick Kogan

For 2 generations of usa citizens, studying Ann Landers's day-by-day column was once as vital as consuming breakfast. for almost fifty years a complete state grew to become to this quick-witted, worldly-wise counselor for recommendation on every thing from dinner etiquette to intercourse. yet who was once 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 good friend, and he paints a desirable, full-bodied account of the triumphs, the knowledge, the braveness, and the pains of 1 of the 20th 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 debatable issues; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. choked with amazing tales shared by means of humans from all walks of existence who have been profoundly suffering from the great feel and advice 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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They were wonderful people and I miss Hubert every day of my life. I miss his voice. I used to talk to him on the phone very often and see him and Muriel frequently. They were dear, close friends. The last thing that Hubert wrote was the essay for my [1978 best-selling] book, The Ann Landers Encyclopedia A to Z. It is called ‘Politics As a Career’ because he loved politics. ” Though McCarthy won reelection in 1952 (he would, two years later, be censured by the Senate and, disgraced and drinking with increasing vigor, die in 1957), in the fall of 1953, Eppie was asked to become chair of the Eau Claire County Democratic Party, a volunteer position appointed by the county’s Democratic Committee.

So the woman who owned the walnut tree decided to seek some advice from an outside source. She sat down and wrote a letter to a newspaper columnist named Ann Landers. I A M E R I C A’ S M O M • 4 5 Meanwhile, in another now-forgotten city, another woman needed help. 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.

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. But with her political aspirations dampened by Arvey, Eppie was eager to find some other outlet for her energies. She had become a voracious newspaper reader in Eau Claire, believing it the best way to gain insight into the community, and A M E R I C A’ S M O M • 3 5 she spent each Chicago morning engrossed with the local papers, particularly the Chicago Sun-Times.

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