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Who watches the advice columnists?

Posted By on 04.06.09 at 11:33 AM

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Roger Ebert has a wonderful and totally not-insufferable nostalgic look back at the golden age of newspapers. This part killed me:

"One day an inspector from the Chicago Post Office came to our editor, James Hoge, with a puzzling discovery. Several hundred empty envelopes addressed to Ann Landers had been found in the trash behind an address in Hyde Park. With an eerie certainty, Jim called in Milton [the copyboy] and asked him for his address. Milton, whose jobs included distributing mail, had been stealing the quarters sent in for Ann Landers' pamphlet, Petting: When Does It Go Too Far?* Discussing his firing after work at Billy Goat's, he was philosophical: 'Hundreds of kids can thank me that they were conceived.'"

* sadly not available online


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