Helen A. Bottel (
March 13, 1914– April 18, 1999) was an American newspaper columnistwho wrote the long-running, nationally syndicated advice column"Helen Help Us!" in the 1960s and 1970s.
Although not as well-known as the
Dear Abbyor Ann Landerscolumns, King Features Syndicate's "Helen Help Us!" had certain areas of specialization in which it was the 'advice leader'. One was teenage dating: she ran the "Stamp Out Steadying" or "S.O.S." campaign, which gave support to teenagers who did not want to succumb to pressure to "go steady". Another constant subject of letter writers to her column was suburban neighbors who would invade each others' privacy with spyglasses. For a time in 1971, she co-wrote the column with her daughter, Sue Peppers. [http://www.peppers.tv/who/index.html] She published at least three books, some of which were collections of her columns.
In the 1990s, Bottel co-wrote a "Look Who's Aging" column for "Senior" magazine. [http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/article_brief/eandp/1/1157336]
* Bottel, Helen. "To Teens With Love". Doubleday, 1968. ISBN 0-385-07169-8.
* Bottel, Helen. "Helen Help Us!". Grosset & Dunlap, 1970.
* Bottel, Helen. "Parents' Survival Kit: A Reassuring Guide to Living Through Your Child's Teen-Age Years". Doubleday, 1978.
* [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SB&p_theme=sb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB0474E473FC24D&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM Helen Bottel's obituary at the Sacremento Bee]
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