This evening's news carried reports that Dear Abby author Pauline Phillips has passed away. Known by pen name Abigail Van Buren, Ms. Phillips started writing her advice column in the mid 1950's and continued through 2002, by which time her daughter had taken over the job.
While Dear Abby was not always an "advocate" for nudism, The Platypus recalls several columns wherein she took the side of those who enjoy life clothes-free. For example, she once wrote that a couple who enjoyed skinny dipping in their back yard should be free from the prying eyes of a neighbor's son who frequently climbed trees to sneak a peek. Abby also wrote that she saw no harm in a girls' slumber party where the guests (all of similar age) lounged in their birthday suits.
We believe Abby was at her best when she provided encouraging words.
We trust Abby has found peace and that her family has many fond memories of her work.