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PAGE 8A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 7, 2014 Sudoku (see page 14 for solution SUDOK[ Margo t]oward dis s on her femur marriages, three of them JewishL By Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA)--When your mother is the world&apos;s most famous advice col- umnist, you wouldn't think you'd have to learn any les- son the hard way. But Margo Howard--daughter of the late Ann Landers and the niece of Landers' twin sister Dear Abby (nee Esther and Pauline Friedman)--had to marry four times before she finally felt she'd gotten it right. In her new book, "Eat, Drink and Remarry: Confes- sions of a Serial Wife," the 74-year-old Howard, a Jewish former journalist and Slate's former "Dear Prudence" advice columnist, details her matrimonial history and the adventures and lessons learned along the way. One lesson she didn't need to learn was thrift: Thanks to her high-profile parents (her father, Julius Lederer, founded Budget Rent-A-Car) and high-earning hubbies (hotel investor, funeral direc- tor, actor/TV star and heart surgeon), money has never been a concern. The book includes abundant descrip- tions of Rolls-Royces, board- ing schools for her three kids (from marriage No. 1), live-in nannies, swanky vacatiens and celebrity-studded social gatherings. The memoir contains plen- ty of Yiddish phrasing and some Jewish revelations--like how her famous mother had long dreamed of her marrying a Jewish doctor. Howard--the surname comes from her third (and only non-Jewish) husband-- spoke with JTA by phone from her Cambridge, Mass., home the day before Yom Kippur. JTA: I noticed three of your four husbands were Jewish. Was that a conscious deci- sion? Did you care whether or not you married a Jew? Howard: In college [at Brandeis] I was allowed to date only Jewish boys. Mother said there was no reason to introduce differ- ence and difficulty into a marriage. I was given an order, and we were so close that I was obeying that--at least until I got fixed up with Aga Khan, who was at Harvard. I said I was fixed up with an exchange student at Harvard. His name is Khan. What do you think? The interesting thing about husband No. 3--Ken How- ard--my mother was crazy about him. That caused her to change herview profession- ally that you should not marry out. She decided that if the people were not too invested in their religion--and we are cultural Jews--if you talked about it first and it didn't make a problem, it was OK. [The fact that my current husband is Jewish] was an accident. I would've mar- ried him if he were a goy. He was just marvelous. And while Judaism hasn't been important to me, there's a certain comfort and familiar- ity culturally. Did you have any kind of Jewish upbringing? I have no Jewish education because during the Sunday school years we were living in a tiny town in Wisconsin. Our parents made an arrange- ment for a rabbinical student to come, but the weather was always too bad whenever he was supposed to come. Why do you think so many advice columnists are Jewish, particularly Jewish women-- your morn, your aunt, your- self and Slate's Emily Yoffe, to name a few? It cannot be random that so many advice givers are Jewish. It must be something in the makeup of Jewish life that inclines our people to become advice mavens. It's likely some Harlequin Publishers Margo Howard, author of "Eat, Drink and Remarry: Confessions of a Serial Wife." stew of family life, a desire to help, a need to be useful, an ability to pass onwisdom. And the yenta gene. If you could sum up your advice on marriage in one sentence, what would it be? Howard on page 15A Bar Mitzvah Cameron Waggoner, son of Pamela Waggoner, and grandson of Joyce and Mel Berger, will be called to the Torah as a bar mitzvah on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, at Heathrow Country Club. Cameron is in seventh grade at Markham Woods Middle School in Lake Mary where he is involved in chorus, Inspire Chorus, and Black and Silver Cho- rus. He is also in Drama II. His interests are in magic, singing, acting and decorat- ing. He dreams one day of becoming avocal performer. Cameron and his family have been members of Con- gregation Bet Chaim in Casselberry for many years. He is currently attending Chabad Hebrew School in Lake Mary. Sharing his simchawill be his mother, Pam; his sister, Reba; his grandparents, Joyce and Mel Berger; his aunts and uncles from New Jersey, Connecticut, Arizona and Florida, alongwith his friends and friends of the family. you could save 28%" Call 1-800-970-4376 to see how much you could sore on car insurance.  NatioPl Qve fcge encJa] savirs I:sed on dQla from customers who tep<ted savi,j s by swilchg to Esura,ce between 12/1Ilt and 4/30/12 7 4 9 8 52 1 6 9 5 6 9 4 esurance on AIIstatecompony 12 7 3 4 9 675 StatcPoint Media Fill in the blank squares in the grid, making sure that every row, column and 3-by-3 box includes all digits 1 through 9. 7 5 1 83 2 4