Tag Archives: Dear Abby

1961: Bill Me, Thrill Me

I would be so pleased to get a $3 bill from any medical issue that I would pay it with a smile.

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1961: Asking the Parents Before the Girl?

The young man in the second “Dear Abby” letter may simply have followed his fiancee’s wishes in not asking her parents for her hand in marriage.

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1961: Be Prepared But Not Forward

Dear Abby had some interesting advice for a well-prepared girl who liked to dance in 1961.

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1961: Ministers Are People Too

More on Dear Abby’s controversy regarding a minister who took a role in a play that involved cursing in 1961. The odd ideas people have about ministers never cease to amaze me.

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1960: Minister Curses, Oh My!

Here’s a parishioner who was evidently shocked beyond believe that his minister would swear as part of a play in 1960. Abby’s response to the second question made me laugh, though.

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1960: No, You Can’t Let Men Know You’re Interested

Dear Abby advised that it was actually impossible to let a man know you’re interested in him without appearing forward. Even in 1960, I’m fairly sure this wasn’t true. You could always go through your friends, and your friends’ friends.

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1960: We Wear Short Shorts But Only If Hubby Allows

Dear Abby took a turn for the weird in 1960 when she simultaneously told wives to obey their husbands if they didn’t want to wear shorts, and also advised a parent to get her 15-year-old daughter to invite boys to … Continue reading

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1960: Man Leaves His Shoes in the Living Room a Lot

Dear Abby was asked by a frustrated housewife what to do about a husband who keeps leaving his shoes in the living room in 1960. Her answer was to keep picking up the shoes and be glad there’s nothing else … Continue reading

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1960: The Boy With Curly Hair

In 1960, Dear Abby advised a father whose wife wouldn’t allow her son’s hair to be cut to get the boy’s hair cut "before he winds up on a psychiatrist’s couch."

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1960: Obituary Sore Spots

As this 1960 Dear Abby letter shows, obituaries have been a point of contention for decades. Recently we went to a paid obituary format to help deal with this. Instead of rewriting every obituary and pulling out things that didn’t fit … Continue reading

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