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Ann Landers’ daughter reboots mother’s famous column

Writer Margo Howard Globe archive

BOSTON (AP) — The daughter of the late Ann Landers is rebooting her mother’s famous advice column.

Columnist and author Margo Howard says “Ask Ann Landers” will launch online Tuesday with a focus on issues facing a new generation of readers.

She says the site will feature advice from her mother’s archives as well as new answers by Howard on contemporary concerns like abuse, addiction, aging, dating, mental health, work, parenting, spirituality and more.

Advice columnist Ann Landers

Landers was born Esther Pauline Lederer. Her nationally syndicated columnist ran from 1955 until her death in 2002. The rival “Dear Abby” column was written by her twin sister under the pen name Abigail Van Buren.


Howard is a former columnist for Boston Magazine, Slate and other publications. She lives in Boston and Florida.