Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on December 13, 1972 · Page 7
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Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 7

Estherville, Iowa
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Wednesday, December 13, 1972
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Dear Abby ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, WED., DEC. 13, 1972 Page 7 'Playful' Phone Game Ends with a Shooting By Abigail Van Buren l« ma by CtilMio Tribune-N. Y. Ntm Sym)., Inc.] DEAR ABBY: By coincidence, a woman named Bonnie has a phone number similar to ours, and I keep getting calls for her. My wife works nights and I am home alone in the evening so I started having a little fun when people would call up asking for Bonnie. One night last week a guy called for Bonnie and I said she was in the shower but she'd be out in a minute. The guy on the other end of the phone said, "Well, I'm her husband and you'd better be out of that house before I get home or I'll blow your head off!" Then he hung up. That evening on the TV news they reported a local shooting. It seemed a husband came home and found his wife with another guy so he shot him, and the guy was in critical condition. The husband admitted the shooting, and said he warned the guy on the phone to get out of his house. Bonnie's name and address were in the evening news­ paper, so I looked it up in the phone book and the number was the same as ours—only the last two numbers were reversed! Now this has taught me a good lesson, but here's my question: Should I confess this phone bit to the authorities? STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL DEAR CON: Whether it will make a difference to the authorities to learn that the husband thought he had given the victim fair earning is anybody's guess. But in matters that deal with the law, tell your story to a lawyer and let HIM handle it. This is no laughing matter. DEAR ABBY: When one child in the family gets a birthday present, should the other child get a present, too? Many parents do this so the other child won't feel hurt, left out, or jealous. It seems to me that this teaches a child to expect a present whenever someone else in the family gets one, and if he doesn't he is very disappointed. What is your view? FORT BENNING MOM DEAR MOM: It's thoughtful to take a little gift to the other child, but it should be only a token. Children need to learn how to stand on the .sidelines while a sibling has the limelight on HIS special day. Each child will have his turn, and if he must share his "special day," it ceases to be> "special." DEAR ABBY: I am a singer and have been told by many that I should sing professionally, but I prefer to remain an amateur because I have family obligations, which I consider more important than a career. Recently I was invited to sing for a local civic club. I rehearsed many hours on a well-planned program and presented it from memory perfectly. [I accompanied myself on the piano.] Afterwards, I received no gift, nor memento for my performance, nor did I receive as much as a "thank you" note from the organization. Furthermore, when the event was reported in the newspaper, my name was omitted. I have found that this has happened to many musicians who have been asked to play for civic and social organizations. It's even happened when musicians are asked to play or sing at weddings and funerals. Why are people and reporters so thoughtless? NEVER SING AGAIN DEAR NEVER: I don't know, but I 'm sure your complaint is valid because I have heard it often. CONFIDENTIAL TO HAD IT UP TO HERE: I don't recommend "locking a husband out of the house"—why provide him with a perfect excuse for sleeping elsewhere? Problems? Trust Abby. For a personal reply, write to ABBY, BOX 69700, L. A., CALIF. M06» and enclose a •tamped, addressed envelope. i

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