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: Not long ago, I read several letters in your column about the danger of fires caused by lint buildup in clothes-dryer vent pipes. Since my wife religiously cleans the lint filter every time she uses the clothes dryer, I never considered that we would have a problem. After reading those columns, I tried to assure myself that everything was OK, but I was still uncomfortable and decided to disconnect the dryer and check it out, just to be safe.
Well, I was shocked beyond all reason when I removed the first section of the exhaust pipe. It was almost 100 percent full of solid lint buildup. I have no idea how any air could have passed through that clogged pipe. I ended up taking everything apart, including the motor fan, which was packed with lint, as well. I thank God your article appeared when it did, Ann, because we were sitting on top of a disaster ready to ignite and didn't know it. — L.H., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dear Grand Rapids: Your letter was one of at least 50 that expressed gratitude for those columns. All who wrote said they had found an extraordinary amount of lint buildup in the dryer vent pipes and vowed they would never let it happen again.
I hope those who missed those columns will pay special attention to this one. It could prevent a disaster.
Dear Ann Landers: Thank you for printing that letter describing how friends, as a joke, had my wife and me put in jail on our wedding night 54 years ago. We saw it in the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa.
That very evening, I received a telephone call from Scotts, Mich. It was from an old friend saying she was glad to finally know what had really happened. Our maid of honor read it in the Gazette Telegraph in Colorado Springs. Friends in Dalton, Ga., read it in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution. Other friends saw it in Londonderry, N.H. An Army buddy in California phoned about it, and so did friends here in Hershey, Pa. I'm sure we will be hearing from many others who were amused and connected us with it even though no names were mentioned.
This column brought back some wonderful memories to us old-timers and let our friends know we're still around. — F.H. in Hershey, Pa.
Dear F.H.: Thanks for your vote of approval.
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