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Advances not so neighbourly

We mine the Free Press archives for advice that still applies today (...or doesn’t)

From Sincerely Edan Wright, published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 6, 1961.

Dear Edan Wright: We are four teen girls with a married neighbour — a man — who is puzzling us with his interest.

He is 33 and he never paid any attention to us until last summer.

Since then he has been inviting us to his house, saying we could get together there any time and he has been offering us beer.

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From Sincerely Edan Wright, published in the Winnipeg Free Press on July 6, 1961.

Dear Edan Wright: We are four teen girls with a married neighbour — a man — who is puzzling us with his interest.

He is 33 and he never paid any attention to us until last summer.

The latest camping gear was on sale at Simpsons-Sears in this July 1961 advertisement. In today's dollars, the prices range from $7.33 for the camp stool, to $748 for the tent, to $3,140 for the boat.</p>

The latest camping gear was on sale at Simpsons-Sears in this July 1961 advertisement. In today's dollars, the prices range from $7.33 for the camp stool, to $748 for the tent, to $3,140 for the boat.

Since then he has been inviting us to his house, saying we could get together there any time and he has been offering us beer.

We've accepted his offers quite a few times, but we don't know what his angle is.

His wife has left him several times. He never asked us to come around when she was there. So maybe he just did this because he was lonely.

Do you think it will ruin our reputation if we continue to accept his invitations? I guess I should tell you that he has been sneaking around our homes to catch glimpses of us before he started to invite us to his place. — Puzzled Teenagers

Dear Puzzled: Well you certainly should be puzzled, because your neigbour is a married man who shouldn't he messing around with single girls and offering teens beer.

Not only could you ruin your reputations by accepting his invitations but you could wind up losing your lives.

You're playing with fire any way you want to look at it. So stay away from this guy. Don't have anything to do with him — and I mean just that.

 

Dear Miss Wright: I just can't forget a boy that I started to date when I was 13. I can't because we went together for two years. Now he has found another girl and I am just left with memories. — Lost

Dear Lost: Honey, you made a mistake in sticking with the first boy who sparked your feelings.

But okay — there's a whole wonderful world of boys you have never explored. Let's get acquainted with the rest of the male population and just have some fun doing this.

You have 40 or 50 years to spend with one — why not take your time about a boy when you make a choice.

 

Dear Miss Wright: I'm a 16-year-old girl who is in love with a boy of 17. I put all my trust in him, but I have discovered that he has been going out of town to see another girl.

Before I started to like this boy, he couldn't get any girl to date him. Now that I've made him likeable, he is cheating on me.

Do you think I should forget about him? — G.D.

Dear G. D.: Drop him for the time being and tell him that it's any boy's privilege to go with another girl if he wishes. But he should be honest about it and until he realizes this you want nothing more to do with him.

Then let him see how he can make out. He won't go far until he realizes this. Meanwhile, date other boys who have the stuff to be likeable without your help.

Dear Miss Wright: I read a letter in your column from a girl who said that boys like the Bridget Bardot type and she stated that she didn't choose boys from their looks but from what they were inside.

I would like this girl to know that her thinking is mature and that boys who have sense don't go for a well-stacked girl if that's all she has on the ball.

Your readers may think I'm a girl. But I'm a boy and I'm not just a kid either. I'm in college. On top of that, I happen to have the looks and social status that any fellow could wish for.

Still I say that a girl is a nitwit if she doesn't select her boyfriends on a point of better values. And I can tell her that I won't date any girl for long who turns out to be a dummy in a showcase. — Speaking for the Boys who are Hip

Dear Speaking:  Good for you. We’ve got a real man talking.

 

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