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Jane Glenn Haas: the Sage of Aging

Posted on 01/29/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyBack in the 1980s,  I moved to California to work at the Orange County Register, where, at the time, the real estate beat was covered by a woman named Jane Glenn Haas. I never knew her very well, but she seemed like one of those old-fashioned  newspaper reporters, the ones who’d been cultivating sources for so long that she could dig up more insights by thumbing her Rolodex than I probably could from Google today. On one of my first shifts …

Pauline Phillips: 10 Bet-You-Didn’t-Know Facts About Dear Abby

Posted on 01/17/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyPauline Friedman Phillips was her name. But for decades, America knew the Sioux City, Iowa, native as Abigail Van Buren, a.k.a. “Dear Abby,” the newspaper advice columnist famed for giving readers a kick-in-the-pants with witty, acidic ripostes — at least when they deserved it. Phillips, who died on Jan. 16 at age 94 in Minneapolis, made a career of being feisty and opinionated — and the 9,000 to 12,000 readers who sent her letters each week, by various accounts, seemed …