By Rick Kogan
For 2 generations of usa citizens, interpreting Ann Landers's day-by-day column used to be as very important as consuming breakfast. for almost fifty years a complete kingdom grew to become to this quick-witted, worldly-wise counselor for suggestion on every little thing from dinner etiquette to intercourse. yet who was once the girl at the back of the byline? Iowa-born Eppie Lederer was once first employed through 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 rigors of 1 of the 20th century's so much enduring icons -- together with her painful lifelong feud together with her exact dual sister, "Dear Abby"; her obdurate refusal to turn away from even the main arguable themes; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. jam-packed with notable tales shared via humans from all walks of existence who have been profoundly tormented by the great experience and counsel 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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As Popo and Mort moved to Minneapolis and settled into the comfortable life beﬁtting a young executive being groomed A M E R I C A’ S M O M • 2 5 to take over a family business, Eppie and Jules moved into a one-bedroom apartment in Sioux City, $300 in debt. ” The family’s life became nomadic, as better-paying sales opportunities lured Jules. In their ﬁrst seven years of marriage, the family moved eight times. “I saw more of a moving van than I saw of my husband,” Eppie would say, though she never complained.
Insatiably curious, irresistibly charming, and quick-witted, she was someone to be reckoned with, and it is likely that had she not gone on to become one of the world’s most famous newspaper columnists, she would have made a large mark in some other ﬁeld. C. There Eppie charmed a variety of power brokers and politicians, starting what would be lifelong friendships. 30 • Rick Kogan Most notable among the politicians was Humphrey, then a bright young senator from Minnesota who would go on to serve as vice president, run unsuccessfully for president, and introduce Eppie to virtually every important Democrat in Washington.
It was on a Monday morning in September 1955 that the paper’s owner, Marshall Field IV, had his secretary dial a number. “It’s ringing,” she said. ” “Good morning, Ann Landers,” said Field. L EGAC Y Jamie O’Reilly SINGER / SONGWRITER Chicago was to sing at a dinner in 1986 honoring the retirement of Father Theodore Hesburgh from Notre Dame. The gala was held at the Chicago Hilton. Comedian Tom Dreesen was the featured act for the evening. That night, I was especially nervous. I was dressed in a new knockoff pink taffeta bridesmaid dress, sweating and nauseous, trying to pull in my newly pregnant tummy in front of all these distinguished people and society ladies in their beautiful gowns.
America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers by Rick Kogan