July 1, 1957 First Dear Abby

The Bremerton Sun ran its first “Dear Abby” column, which led with the following exchange”

Dear Abby: I know you aren’t running a matrimonial bureau, but maybe you could help me? I am 33 years old and want to settle down and marry a decent, respectable woman but so far all I have ever been able to find are bar flies who don’t want to do anything but sit in bars and booze it up all night. Am I asking for too much, and where does one look?
— Steve

Dear Steve:
If you want a decent, respectable woman, you look for her in a respectable place. Now what would a decent, respectable woman be doing hanging around a bar — boozing it up all night? Ever hear of church? Introduce yourself to one.

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