By Booth Moore
Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
November 21, 2010
Reporting from Burlington, Vt. — —
The holidays bring out the best in people — and the worst.
Which means that it’s the busy season for Anna Post, the 31-year-old great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, who bears more than a passing resemblance to her famous forebear. As an etiquette expert for the Internet generation, she is using her legacy not so much to chastise us for using the wrong fork but to remind us to treat one another with respect — both in the real and virtual worlds.
Etiquette is the family business; seven Posts work full time at the Emily Post Institute in Burlington, Vt., including Anna’s father Peter, mom Trisha and sister Lizzie. But it is Anna who is the next face of Emily Post. For the last five years, she has immersed herself in the world of thank-you notes, wedding invitations and table manners, overseeing an empire that includes books, online training, advice blogs, etiquette seminars for children and clients such as Walgreens and financial services firm Raymond James, and an online etiquette encyclopedia that has been christened “Etipedia.”
Interest in etiquette is on the rise, Post says. One reason? Badly behaved celebrities ( Kanye West, Serena Williams, Mel Gibson and South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson come to mind). The sputtering economy has also fueled interest in good behavior and manners.
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