Readers Explain How Advice Changed Their Lives

By Landers, Ann | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), January 3, 1994 | Go to article overview

Readers Explain How Advice Changed Their Lives


Landers, Ann, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Dear Readers: A few weeks ago, I asked my readers to write and tell me how my advice turned out. I was totally unprepared for the avalanche of mail that is still arriving in my office.

Here's a sample of what I've been getting:

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Dear Ann Landers: When I was 17 (in 1965), I wrote you a 10-page letter about how my boyfriend had dumped me. I wanted to know how to get him back. Your advice was, "Stop grieving, and look elsewhere."

The first ball game I went to after I read your answer is where I met Mr. Right. Five children later, we are still married and very happy. I give God the glory and you the thanks. You made a big difference in my life. DONNA IN MARTINSVILLE, IND.

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From Boston: I was a high school senior in 1960. I had always wanted to be a doctor, but my father was barely able to feed us, and there were seven kids in the family. Although I worked two jobs all through school, I always made top grades.

I wrote and asked if I should go to work for my uncle in the shoe business or tough it out and aim for medical school. You said, "Medical school." I took your advice, and with a lot of scholarship help, I am now a physician at Beth Israel Hospital, doing exactly what I wanted with my life. I owe you a big thank-you.

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San Francisco: You visited the San Francisco Call-Bulletin in June 1957 and attended my "going-away" party. I was leaving the paper to have my first child. You wrote on the card, "No Problem Here" - and I had my picture taken with you. That picture hangs in our bedroom. In September of that year, our son, Brian, was born. He is the light of our lives. I've remembered your words so many times and thought you might like to know that 36 years later, there is . . . NO PROBLEM HERE

*****

Hillsborough, N. …

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