DEAR ABBY: After reading the letter from "Driven to Distraction," whose longtime boyfriend was a television nut, I had to write. Believe me, I know how she feels. I was married twice, and both of my husbands were addicted to television. Both tuned me out for that busy box.
My first husband didn't even care what was on. He just needed the picture and the noise. He said they helped him "unwind."
My second husband bought the largest set he could find and turned the volume up as loud as it would go. A bomb could have gone off in the room and it wouldn't have distracted him.
Once, I even stood next to the TV stark naked. He gave me a quick glance, then turned his head and went back to watching TV.
Please tell "Driven to Distraction" she had better think long and hard before she marries a man who is already married to television.
Please don't use my name or the initials of the town I live in. This is a small town and everybody knows me. Sign me ... EX-TELEVISION WIDOW
DEAR EX-WIDOW: If it's any comfort to you, I received letters from many other "television widows" singing your song. Television can be the subtle thief of precious time -- and he or she who falls into the lazy habit of watching just anything that moves is destined to become an intellectual pauper.