By Rick Kogan
For 2 generations of american citizens, interpreting Ann Landers's day-by-day column used to be as very important as consuming breakfast. for almost fifty years a complete country became to this quick-witted, worldly-wise counselor for recommendation 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 by way of 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 along with her exact dual sister, "Dear Abby"; her obdurate refusal to turn away from even the main arguable issues; and the tragic breakup of her personal thirty-six-year marriage. packed with amazing tales shared through humans from all walks of lifestyles who have been profoundly suffering from the nice feel and advice of Ann Landers, America's mother is a relocating tribute to a unique lady who has earned an everlasting position in our tradition ... and our hearts.
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Among our immigrant masses this need was very marked. Hundreds of thousands of people, torn from their homes and their dear ones, were lonely souls who thirsted for expression, who wanted to hear an opinion, who wanted advice in solving their weighty problems. ” Eppie certainly would have been aware of “Bintel Brief,” and though she would never be thought of by most of her readers as Jewish, she would ever possess the qualities of the stereotypical Jewish mother. She was doting. She was blunt. She was concerned.
I saw more of a moving van than I saw of my husband,” Eppie would say, though she never complained. Her philosophy was “you go where the grapes grow,” and that remained her way of thinking even after she became Ann Landers. In 1942, having lived for a short time in St. Louis and then back in Sioux City, the family settled in New Orleans, where Jules went to work at the Marx Isaacs Department Store. Their stay was relatively lengthy and stable, coming to an end when Jules was drafted in 1944. By coincidence, he and Mort wound up stationed in the same infantry unit at Camp Robinson near Little Rock, Arkansas, where they would become close friends.
Margo was only twelve, but precocious. She struck up a conversation with Munnecke and invited him to dinner. Eppie joined them, of course, and a friendship was kindled—and one new subscriber to the Sun-Times was realized when the Lederers moved to Chicago two years later. One of the features in the Sun-Times that particularly intrigued Eppie was a four-day-a-week column that ran under the title “Your Problems” and carried the byline Ann Landers. It had ﬁrst run in the Chicago Sun and the name Ann Landers was trademarked four years later when the Sun merged with the Times.
America's Mom: The Life, Lessons, and Legacy of Ann Landers by Rick Kogan