Pauline Phillips, writer of the Dear Abby column syndicated all over the country, and sister of Eppie Lederer, the writer behind “Ann Landers”, died on Wednesday. The New York Times recounts some of the highlights of her life, including several examples of her column’s sparkling wit:
Dear Abby: I have always wanted to have my family history traced, but I can’t afford to spend a lot of money to do it. Have you any suggestions? — M. J. B. in Oakland, Calif.
Dear M. J. B.: Yes. Run for a public office.
The Times fails to mention Phillips’ outspoken feminism, so you should also read this obituary by Ms. Magazine.