R.I.P. Dear Abby
3:45 pm, January 17th | by Sarah Devlin
Phillips’ columns were published in an era when newspaper readers prized straight-talking, pithy advice about marriages, children, jobs — just about anything that troubled people.
Phillips wrote under the pen name of Abigail Van Buren, shortened to “Dear Abby” in newspapers.
The first Dear Abby column appeared in 1956, and Phillips continued writing the advice feature until 2000, when she and daughter Jeanne began sharing the byline.
Jeanne Phillips took over the column completely in 2002. A 46 year writing career? Not bad, especially for a woman who got her start in the 1950s. In honor of Phillips, maybe try making one less rash decision today.