Ask Roger Anything: the Ann Landers edition

Let me put on my Ann Landers wig.

Implicit in my requests that you Ask Roger Anything is the notion that it will help me, which undoubtedly is true.

But I was less than clear that this is ALSO an opportunity for you to get my opinion on topics that may be bothering YOU. After all, I’m on the Internet, and as such, am TOTALLY as qualified as any random stranger in solving your problems.

For those unfamiliar, Ann Landers was one of a pair of twin sisters, born on the 4th of July, 1918, who had competing advice columns, and for a long while, a bitter feud. When I was growing up in my hometown of Binghamton, NY, Ann was in the Sun-Bulletin, while Dear Abby/Abigail Van Buren was in the Evening Press, back in the day when there were thriving afternoon newspapers.
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I preferred Ann because, particularly after her divorce in 1975, after 36 years of marriage, she seemed more understanding of the foibles of human existence. Dan Savage, the author of the relationship-and-sex advice column Savage Love, purchased her desk after her death.

Both the original columnists, Esther Pauline “Eppie” Lederer and Pauline Esther “Popo” Phillips, are deceased, though the Dear Abby column is continued by Pauline’s daughter Jeanne.

In any case, let me put on my Ann Landers wig, figuratively speaking. As always, if you ask it, I answer it. I get to obfuscate, but not to lie outright. You can ask your questions here or my email – rogerogreen(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or my Facebook (Roger Green, the one with the duck) or Twitter (ersie, the one with the duck). I’ll use your name UNLESS you indicate that I ought not.