Which is better? To go to a school dance with a creep or to sit home? – All Shook Up
Dear Shook: Go with the creep and look over the crop.
The first Dear Abby column appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle In January 1956. The advice column was written by Pauline Phillips under the pen name Abigail Van Buren
Pauline Phillips came up with the pen name Abigail Van Buren by combining the name of Biblical figure Abigail in the Book of Samuel, with the last name of former US president Martin Van Buren.
The column is continued today by her daughter, Jeanne Phillips, who now owns the legal rights to the pen name.