Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas on April 3, 1975 · Page 41
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April 3, 1975

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from Lubbock, Texas · Page 41

Lubbock, Texas
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Thursday, April 3, 1975
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4-»—UIMOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL—Thurtd«y Ey«ning, April 3, I»7B DEAR ABBY Pregnancy Upsets Doc DEAR ABBY: My attention has been called to a recent inquiry in your column by a newly remarried lady in her 80s who wanted to know what the chances of her becoming pregnant were at this time in her life. Your answer, that the probability of conception was very remote, no doubt will ease her mind. However, there are several cases in the medical records worthy of mention. One was reported by Ripley in Believe It Or Not some time in 1SH5: "An American Indian %voman, age 99, married a man, age 37. One year later she gave birth to a son. She died at the age of 119, leaving a 19-year-old son and a 56-year-old husband." The second case involved a woman reported to have been 65 years old who married a man about 80. A child was bom to this couple. It was reported in several leading American newspapers. These are rare cases, but they did happen. All women should be made aware that where there is life, there is hope. Massachusetts M.D. Dear M.D.: If one is to take these "reports" seriously, then the only contraceptive that is 100 per cent reliable is "sulfa denial." DEAR ABBY: Fifteen years ago. my father died. (Mother had died before him.) While he didn't leave a great fortune, everything of value was divided evenly among my two brothers, my sister and myself. The only thing we couldn't decide on was what to do with Dad's rare coin collection. As time was limited for ua all to be together (we live in different states) my oldest brother said, "If it's all right with the rest of you, I'll keep the coin collection until we reach a decision as to what should be done with it." The rest of us agreed, and nothing more was said or done about it. Now. years later, my sister told me she had once brought up the subject of the coin collection to the brother who had it, hinting that she would like to see it again, but he didn't offer to show it to her. We've al- ways been on good terms with each other, but no one wanted to risk hurt feelings by bringing up the matter. Now the brother who has the collection has a terminal illness. He has only one child — and he is adopted. Have \ve waited too long in this matter to do anything? What do you advise? The coin collection is worth several thousand dollars, but of course a good family relationship is priceless. What is your advice? In A Quandary Dear In: Much depends upon your brother's condition. If he is at death's door, of course the matter of the coin collection should not be brought up. But if he's reasonably well, you. might suggest either dividing the coins among the four of you, or having them valuated, and then if one wanted to buy them all, he could pay the others for their share. (P.S. Some wise person once said, "You never really know a person until you have to share an inheritance with him.") DEAR ABBY: I am 16, and my wife of four months is 15. I married her because she said she was pregnant. She wasn't. Now she admits that she just said she was pregnant so I would marry her. Because of our marriage, I had to quit school and get a job in a factory. I even had to borrow money from my parents to make a down payment on a mobile home. This really hurt me because my parents are hard-working people who made a sacrifice .to let me have the money. I really was in love with the girl before we were married, but every time I think of the dirty trick she pulled on me, I'm turned off. I'm thinking about divorce, and want your opinion. Stuck In S.D. Dear Stuck: Granted, it was a dirty trick, but don't rush into a divorce unless you are positive that that is wtitt you want. In the meantime, do your part to make sure there are no unwanted babies, or you'll really be stuck. 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