To Our Readers

August 05, 2002

Hundreds of votes were cast online. Scores more arrived by mail and e-mail. We got more advice on advice columnists than we imagined.

The decision: Dear Abby, the venerable column once penned by Ann Landers' sister, and now by Ann's niece, will succeed Ann Landers as The Sun's daily advice column.

For the Dear Abby column, it's a kind of homecoming. The column appeared in the morning Sun for many years before the paper merged with The Evening Sun several years ago. It is still the most widely syndicated column in the world, with about 90 million readers in more than 1,200 newspapers every day.

The column was written from its beginning in 1956 by Pauline Phillips (left), sister of Eppie Lederer (Landers), under the nom de plume Abigail Van Buren. In 1987, she began sharing writing duties with her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, (at right, above) who recently took over sole authorship.

Dear Abby will appear Monday through Saturday. On Sundays, readers will find a brand-new advice column: Ask Sadie. (More about that in Sunday's Home & Family section.)

We hope you will enjoy both these successors to Ann Landers.

Oh, and thanks for the advice.

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