Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lincoln, Kennedy Not as Similar as Advertised

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Lincoln, Kennedy Not as Similar as Advertised

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Dear Ann Landers: I've seen the list of similarities between the assassinations of Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy before. It's not very impressive.

Some of those "striking coincidences" are actually quite common: Both the names Lincoln and Kennedy contain seven letters. Yeah, so does Landers.

Both of their vice presidents were Democrats who had served in the Senate. Many vice presidents served in the Senate, including Al Gore, Dan Quayle, Walter Mondale and Hubert Humphrey.

Consider all the ways that Lincoln and Kennedy were different. They didn't belong to the same party, come from the same state or even the same part of the country. They didn't have the same first names or even the same initials. One came from a rich family; the other from a poor one. One went to Harvard; the other didn't go to college at all. One was bearded, and one was clean-shaven. One was elected to a second term, and the other didn't finish his first.

Neither is there that much resemblance between the two assassinations. One was inside; the other was outside. One president lingered for almost a day, and the other died within a couple of hours.

Coincidences are often the result of sloppy reporting. W.W., GREENBELT, MD.

Thanks for striking a blow for accuracy. Your research is right on.

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Dear Ann Landers: You printed a letter from "Ithaca" suggesting a subsidy for smoke detector batteries. Your readers should know that several fire departments across the country have campaigns to alert the public to the importance of properly maintained smoke detectors.

The Santa Clara (Calif.) Fire Department has had a smoke detector battery replacement program for quite some time. Batteries are supplied by a local business, free of charge to the city. Fire department personnel offer free batteries to any citizen. The fire department also offers to place the batteries in the smoke detectors for any citizen having trouble doing so. …

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