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September 13, 1991
A friend called the other day to note the striking parallels in the way that John Sununu and Paul Reubens returned to the public eye. Both men have been lying low of late, riding out controversies that have made them the objects of national ridicule. But both knew eventually they'd have to resurface. So they chose their moments - and audiences - carefully. Mr. Reubens, alias Pee-wee Herman, opened up the MTV Video Music Awards last week, and the super-hip audience gave him a rousing welcome.
NEWS
December 16, 2012
Debra Nussbaum is an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University When Emily Post penned her famous tome on etiquette in 1922, she never could have envisioned that, decades down the road, there would need to be many new chapters written on civility and manners, thanks to technology. E-mails, texts, Facebook messages, and tweets have presented modern dilemmas on what constitutes polite behavior. The biggest challenge for many of us may be figuring out when communicating electronically is just not appropriate.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Debra Nussbaum
As I watch people text in public - head down, earplugs in, oblivious but still shuffling forward à la the Walking Dead - I can't help but wonder when we'll see a news story about one of them strolling into traffic and being run over. How did we get so hooked? Texting is one of those habits that came so quickly to our society that everything from schools to hospitals to state capitals - institutions that say things in full sentences and without emoticons - are scrambling to impose rules of the road, literally and figuratively.
NEWS
October 25, 1986
Dorothy Storck professes to defend Nancy Reagan and her absence from the Icelandic summit by suggesting that not only can we not trust the Soviets, but their wives as well. "Cosmetics gap" indeed - more like Maybelline McCarthyism as Ms. Storck tries to come to grips with the reality that not all Soviet women are shuffling babushkas. While she's at it she colors Iceland as sort of climatic fellow-traveler with a deliberately inhospitable climate suited more to corn-fed Reds and so apologizes for the more temperately accustomed Nancy Reagan.
NEWS
September 19, 1988 | BY MICHAEL CARESTIO
I got fired the other day. Canned. Released. And don't let the door hit you on the way out! Getting fired hurts. It's like catching a foul ball with your face. If you've been spared the ax during your work life, it's everything you've ever heard it was. And less. And if you think you're fireproof, think again. Waitress to Wall Street, trucker to teacher, getting the boot is an equal-opportunity trauma. However, getting fired is nothing to be ashamed of. In this world of corporate takeovers and persistent human frailties, it can happen to the best of us, and always at the worst of times.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a recent rush-hour Market-Frankford train, a woman lugging a large bag settled into a spot just inside the doorway - or, more precisely, blocking it. As the next stop approached, a man yelled "Coming through!" and tried to squeeze by. She suggested he wait his turn; he suggested she calm down. Bickering ensued. SEPTA ridership is up, but, given scenes like this, some would say common courtesy is not keeping pace. Passengers who a decade ago might have had a couple of seats to themselves are now being packed in more tightly than ever.
NEWS
September 14, 2006 | By Kristin E. Holmes INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Bettie Field Farber, 89, of Bryn Mawr, a former model and retired dancing teacher who taught the waltz, cha-cha and fox-trot to thousands of youngsters, died Aug. 25 at Bryn Mawr Hospital of complications following hip surgery. Mrs. Farber spent more than 50 years training students to move gracefully over the dance floor, and never to forget a proper please and thank-you. Her classes were a mix of dance steps and etiquette lessons. She taught the ABC's of a good waltz and a good introduction.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2014
ETIQUETTE is not just about which fork to use. Perhaps more importantly, it's about your behavior and how you respectfully treat others. After all, isn't etiquette the invisible glue that holds civilized societies together? The obvious answer is a resounding yes! Unfortunately, nowhere is this loss of etiquette more apparent than at the gym. Is it the technology, permissive parenting, or are schools to blame for these obvious lapses in common sense and manners? While I can't pinpoint the exact root causes for these poor behaviors, here I endeavor to shed a little light on them.
SPORTS
September 15, 2010
From: Fox, Ashley I am hating Ines Sainz right now. No doubt you know who she is - that "reporter" for Mexico's TV Azteca who caused quite a stir at the New York Jets' practice on Saturday. Well, now Clinton Portis, that sage of worldly wisdom, has weighed in on female reporters in NFL locker rooms. "If you get to go and look at 53 men's packages, and you're just sitting here saying, 'Oh, none of this is attractive to me.' I know you're doing a job, but at the same time, the same way I'm going to cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing.
NEWS
February 28, 1989 | DAVE BARRY
I have a shocking development to report in the ongoing War On Rudeness: In a recent survey that I am not making up, New York was declared the third most polite city in the United States. Do not adjust your newspaper. You read that correctly. A professional etiquette consultant named Marjabelle Young Stewart has announced that according to her survey, The Big Apple is more polite than, for example, Des Moines, Iowa ("The Big Pork"). I'm sure this raises in your mind the same question it raised in mine, which is: Exactly how many cubic feet of paint-thinner fumes has this woman inhaled?
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ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2014
ETIQUETTE is not just about which fork to use. Perhaps more importantly, it's about your behavior and how you respectfully treat others. After all, isn't etiquette the invisible glue that holds civilized societies together? The obvious answer is a resounding yes! Unfortunately, nowhere is this loss of etiquette more apparent than at the gym. Is it the technology, permissive parenting, or are schools to blame for these obvious lapses in common sense and manners? While I can't pinpoint the exact root causes for these poor behaviors, here I endeavor to shed a little light on them.
SPORTS
June 22, 2014 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Earlier this month, I went to Moorestown to watch my mother run the Scott Coffee Moorestown Rotary 8K. I saw her take off, but I didn't see her finish. That's because at the time of her finish, I was trying to get a woman and a half-dozen kids off the course. The approach to the finish line is also the site of the town's spirit day. Vendors set up along the course and wait until the race is over to start hawking their wares - or at least they're supposed to. While the race was still going on, one vendor directed a half-dozen kids with sidewalk chalk to take up half the road.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 22, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
On a recent rush-hour Market-Frankford train, a woman lugging a large bag settled into a spot just inside the doorway - or, more precisely, blocking it. As the next stop approached, a man yelled "Coming through!" and tried to squeeze by. She suggested he wait his turn; he suggested she calm down. Bickering ensued. SEPTA ridership is up, but, given scenes like this, some would say common courtesy is not keeping pace. Passengers who a decade ago might have had a couple of seats to themselves are now being packed in more tightly than ever.
NEWS
September 9, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
WITH NEARLY 3 million Twitter followers, Meek Mill has lots of fans, but one of his newest and most unlikely admirers was seated next to him in court yesterday - his etiquette instructor. The 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Robert Williams, was ordered in May to receive etiquette training by Judge Genece Brinkley to address how he speaks in court, his behavior outside of court and his social-media postings. Gail Madison, head of the Madison School of Etiquette and Protocol in Huntingdon Valley, gave a glowing review of her one and only four-hour session with Williams, whom she said was a willing pupil.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
PHILADELPHIA rapper Meek Mill has a busy summer planned: He'll be recording an album in New York, performing in the Dominican Republic and making stops in Miami, Atlanta and Baltimore. But by Aug. 4, he had better have completed etiquette classes, a Philadelphia judge warned the rapper yesterday. Meek Mill - legally known as Robert Williams - is in need of the classes based on how he speaks in court, how he acts outside of court and things he has posted on social-media sites, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said during a probation status hearing.
NEWS
June 30, 2013 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a contentious hearing, a Philadelphia judge on Friday ordered up-and-coming rapper Meek Mill to attend etiquette classes and provide his probation officer with details of all travel plans. Common Pleas Court Judge Genece E. Brinkley told Meek Mill, also known as Robert Williams, he must complete the classes before Aug. 4 and notify his probation officer, Treas Underwood, any time he wants to travel outside Pennsylvania. Those orders came at a probation-violation hearing for Williams, who is on probation for a 2008 gun and drug conviction.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Hax
Question: I am confused over gift-giving etiquette with the current generation. I have always been prompt in sending gifts, money, cards to my relatives for birthdays, holidays, weddings, births, etc. Yet none of these gifts has been acknowledged through mail, telephone, or electronic means to (at least) notify me they had actually arrived. I have always been prompt in sending a thank-you note or calling within a day or two of receipt regardless of the size or nature of the gift. As a retiree on a fixed income, I am inclined to cease sending gifts and only send cards.
NEWS
April 6, 2013 | By Rachel Aliya Makansi, OCTORARA HIGH SCHOOL
OMG! I just had my Herpes test and it was SO GROSS! What's acceptable online? Has communicating come to this? Could it be the norm in social media, where etiquette, good manners, and decency may be all but forgotten? It's easy to hide behind an anonymous user name, but that is no excuse for boorish, coarse behavior or mean online personalities. Keri White, who writes for the etiquette blog thesocialgrace.com, says that social media etiquette is not that much different from the older forms of communication.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Debra Nussbaum
As I watch people text in public - head down, earplugs in, oblivious but still shuffling forward à la the Walking Dead - I can't help but wonder when we'll see a news story about one of them strolling into traffic and being run over. How did we get so hooked? Texting is one of those habits that came so quickly to our society that everything from schools to hospitals to state capitals - institutions that say things in full sentences and without emoticons - are scrambling to impose rules of the road, literally and figuratively.
NEWS
December 16, 2012
Debra Nussbaum is an adjunct journalism professor at Rowan University When Emily Post penned her famous tome on etiquette in 1922, she never could have envisioned that, decades down the road, there would need to be many new chapters written on civility and manners, thanks to technology. E-mails, texts, Facebook messages, and tweets have presented modern dilemmas on what constitutes polite behavior. The biggest challenge for many of us may be figuring out when communicating electronically is just not appropriate.
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