Classic Ann Landers

By Ann Landers

October 18, 2020 3 min read

Editor's Note: Hundreds of Ann Landers' loyal readers have requested that newspapers continue to publish her columns. These letters originally appeared in 1999.

Dear Ann Landers: I need your advice. I have been friends with "Walt" for seven years. About two years ago, I started to have feelings for him that were definitely more than friendship. Needless to say, he was surprised when I told him.

Walt made it clear that he thinks of me only as a friend. I see him every weekend, and it hurts knowing he will never care for me the way I want him to. What should I do, Ann? — Mary in Canada

Dear Mary: If you are willing to settle for a brother-sister relationship forever, Walt's your man. If you want a romance that leads to marriage, disconnect from Walt, and start dating.

Dear Ann Landers: You recently printed a letter from a bride who resented the fact that several uninvited people showed up at her wedding.

According to our priest, a wedding in a church is a religious event. The church is a public building, and anyone can attend a religious service there. If the wedding were in a home or private hall, it would be different. Most people do not know that church weddings are open to the public. Only the reception is private and requires an invitation.

Please tell your readers about this. — Mrs. B. in Dallas

Dear Mrs B.: My pastor friends agree with you. People who have good manners, however, do not show up at a wedding without an invitation, no matter where it is.

Gem of the Day (Credit Dick Emmons in the Prairie Rambler):

Yours Truly is behind the times.

I have no fax, no e-mail.

And, more than that, I tip my hat

To every passing female.

A word processor I don't own,

But here's what sweats my brow.

I simply don't know where to buy

Typewriter ribbons now.

Dear Dick: Sorry, I don't have a clue. Typewriter ribbons have joined the whalebone corset and men's six-button spats in oblivion. My sister and I saw this coming and stocked up a few years ago.

Planning a wedding? What's right? What's wrong? "The Ann Landers Guide for Brides" will relieve your anxiety. To find out more about Ann Landers and read her past columns, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at


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