By Rick Kogan
For 2 generations of american citizens, interpreting 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 little thing from dinner etiquette to intercourse. yet who used to be the lady at the back of the byline? Iowa-born Eppie Lederer was once first employed by way 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 debatable themes; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. full of outstanding tales shared through humans from all walks of existence who have been profoundly laid low with the great experience and counsel of Ann Landers, America's mother is a relocating tribute to a novel girl who has earned an everlasting position in our tradition ... and our hearts.
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I kept trying to do things to keep awake. You could smoke at your desk back then, so I’d smoke to try to keep awake. There was no explanation. I hadn’t been out the night before. I wasn’t a party person. I’d never had a problem through high school. But life went on. I got married and had seven children. And the problem continued. Doctors I saw about it attributed it to my pregnancies. ” I can remember falling asleep feeding one of my kids in a high chair.
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.
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. Eppie told me she could not remember such a code and neither could another applicant—my mother.
America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers by Rick Kogan