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August 7, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
MISSOURI * Pauline Phillips, the creator of the Dear Abby advice column, has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, family members say. Phillips, 84, began writing the column after her twin sister, Esther Lederer, started writing a similar one for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1955. Lederer, who wrote as Ann Landers, died in June. Phillips' daughter, Jeanne, now writes Dear Abby.
March 14, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who wrote to "Dear Abby" for advice on how to handle his fantasies about having sex with girls was charged in Milwaukee with possessing child pornography after the columnist turned him in, authorities say. "Dear Abby" columnist Jeanne Phillips called police after receiving the letter. Phillips said she agonized over whether to report the man, since the column's credibility is based on the anonymity given advice-seekers. Paul Weiser, 28, was released from jail Wednesday night.
November 2, 1992 | KATHLEEN HENDRIX
Native Iowan and Los Angeles resident Abigail Van Buren is lending "Dear Abby's" support to the campaign for the Iowa Equal Rights Amendment this year. The Sioux City Central High graduate has made a 30-second TV commercial--her first political one--for the Iowa Women's Equality Campaign appealing directly to voters to "add women to the constitution." If passed, Iowa will become the 16th state to put sex equality provisions into its constitution.
October 21, 1998 | Reuters
Abby Joseph Cohen, one of Wall Street's top stock market analysts, has finally breached Goldman Sachs' inner circle, winning the coveted title of "partner" at the closely held firm. Goldman said it named Cohen, who has a reputation as Wall Street's smartest forecaster of stock market gains, as a partner along with 56 others.
August 27, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Two citizens groups today asked the Bucks County coroner to reopen an investigation into the death of political activist Abbie Hoffman for signs that he was driven to suicide by a controversial anti-depressant. Hoffman had taken the drug Prozac six weeks before he was found dead on April 12, 1989, in his Solebury Township apartment, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights and the Prozac Survivors Support Group said in a letter to the coroner.
When owner Stephan Herold and trainer Craig Dollase decided to skip the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with Abby Girl, they did something not always done in thoroughbred racing. They thought about what was best for the horse. Second to then-unbeaten Chilukki in the Oak Leaf Stakes last month at Santa Anita, Abby Girl, a 2-year-old daughter of Meadowlake, was knocked out by the effort, according to Dollase.
February 24, 1985 | CONNIE STEWART
--President Reagan faces towering problems every day, but only one prompted him to write Dear Abby: mail. How much mail? Twenty sacks of it have piled up, and he gets 2,000 letters a day--all because advice columnist Abigail Van Buren urged her readers to send $1 to the President for his birthday, to be forwarded to the March of Dimes. In a letter due to be published Monday, Reagan urges Abby's readers to send the contributions directly to the charity.
September 27, 1990 | DAVID NELSON
Abigail Van Buren--or Dear Abby, if you prefer--is one of the few recognized authorities who can offer precise, step-by-step instructions on how to respond when wife-to-be No. 3 announces that your first two wives have agreed to be her co-matrons of honor.
May 5, 1989 | From Times wire service s
Yippie co-founder Abbie Hoffman made a fortune during his years in the spotlight but he left an estate worth only about $2,000, it was reported today. Hoffman, 52, committed suicide April 12 at his Solebury Township home. "It's not that he didn't take in a lot of money. It's just that he didn't keep it very long," Hoffman's attorney, Gerald Lefcourt, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Hoffman's will, filed earlier this week in Bucks County, was written in 1983 and names his longtime companion, Johanna Lawrenson, as sole beneficiary.
May 12, 1988 | RICK VANDERKNYFF, Times Staff Writer
Robert Friedman, his full beard flecked with gray and his hair pulled back in a ponytail, sat at the Coach House bar Tuesday and marveled at those gathering to listen to '60s counterculture legend Abbie Hoffman. He pointed out the guy sitting alone in a Western shirt and black cowboy hat--and the fashionably dressed, well-coiffed couples sipping imported beers at a nearby table.
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