Youaskandy started as Ask Andy, a newspaper column answering children’s questions in 1955. Originally it appeared in a single east coast newspaper. Thirty five years later Ask Andy was a syndicated column appearing in over 75 newspapers in the United States and some in Canada, with a readership of about 18 million readers, which included students, teachers, parents, and grandparents.
Ask Andy received thousands of questions each week. Naturally, it was not possible to answer all inquires submitted. Andy answered two questions a day six days a week. The questions selected were those unique questions coming from inquiring young minds and whose answers were not easily found or possibly did not exist in reference books. The responses were carefully researched by scientists and science educators. The answers were written in a style that was both enjoyable and understandable to a student ranging in age from nine to fifteen.
In responding from children for these many years it was observed that kids ask the same questions as they are growing up. The Internet offers a wonderful resource for information for all ages. This website is a perfect home for the collection of questions asked by kids for a 35 year period. We believe kids with their curious minds will continue to ask the same “evergreen” questions in the future. Many of these questions have already been asked and their answers appear in this website. We hope youaskandy.com will continue to be a learning resource for students as well as for adults with inquiring minds.
Anybody else remember Ask Andy? I read it all the time as a kid. The index of questions is here.