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

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 was once the lady in 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 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 used to be 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 20 th century's such a lot 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 subject matters; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. packed with extraordinary tales shared by way of humans from all walks of existence who have been profoundly laid low with the great experience and suggestions 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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I was to be introduced after Tom’s performance and then sing “Rose of Tralee” and other Irish songs, accompanied on piano by my oldest girlfriend, Pat Preston, with whom I’d won a sixth-grade talent show at St. Thomas the Apostle School. ) Tom really wowed the crowd with Chicago stories and jokes told in his slick Las Vegas style. He sure knew how to work a crowd. At the time he was the opening act for Frank Sinatra whenever Sinatra went on tour. I 52 • Rick Kogan So there I come out onstage feeling as awkward as I have ever felt onstage and I’m looking out over this vast crowd of tuxedos and sequins and I’m trying to find at least one face I know.

The two ladies exchanged harsh words about the nuts, but the matter remained unresolved. 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 spirit of building a better mousetrap/advice column/book review/household/law practice/family legacy never seems to flag, is somehow in our genes. ” 5  • LOT 2761 • Cadillac Brougham—License “AL 1955” n some now-forgotten town in America in the mid-1950s, a woman had a walnut tree that was very close to her neighbor’s property. Most of the walnuts were falling onto the neighbor’s lawn and the neighbor was helping herself, gathering the nuts and taking them inside her house, perhaps to eat, maybe to make a pie.

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