Yes, They are real questions actually sent to Dear Abby. Honest. Read ‘em carefully.
What can I do about all the sex, nudity and violence on my VCR?
I have a man I can’t trust. He cheats so much I’m not even sure the baby I’m carrying is his. What should I do?
I am a 23 year old liberated woman. I have been on the pill for 2 years. It’s expensive and I think my boyfriend should share half the cost, but I don’t know him well enough to discuss money with him.
I joined the Navy to see the world. I’ve seen it. Now, how do I get out?
You told a woman whose husband had lost interest in sex to send him to a doctor. My husband has lost interest in sex and he is a doctor. Now what do I do?
Well, if you think these are funny, you should see and hear some of the questions I get! Look, that Leno/Jay-Walking stuff is real, not rigged. Morons are on the loose, and at all demographic levels too. Never underestimate the ignorance…
But the more useful lesson to mention here is the lesson of Dear Abby itself, the longest running, most successful syndicated newspaper feature of all time. So successful it would not even die when its originator did. Today, Dr. Laura has moved the model to radio.
With mind-numbing repetition, she fields often shockingly dumb questions from callers, and has millions tune in to hear it all, day after day after day. The Abby and Dr. Laura popularity ought not be ignored.
“The Dear Abby Principle” is a very, very, very powerful marketing and sales principle. Once you fully understand and internalize it, you can quite easily skyrocket your income.