May 20th would be Dan’s 70th birthday.
This photo is from a book called Tiffany’s Table Manners; I studied it as a young man.
In my early 40s, I taught a workshop “Mr. Manners” for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders in the Menlo (Park) Lyceum.
Not content to listen to the table talk and contribute in appropriate ways, he tried to dominate the conversation even though he had little to say. He kept talking over his wife who was trying to make good points, but was drowned out by him. When he failed to hold everyone’s rapt attention, he shifted to dominating his seating partner’s attention, and the table talk devolved into two competing tracks.
If you think I am making too much of this, I must answer that I believe you can tell a lot about people by how they behave at the dinner table. If someone serves himself overly-large portions which are inconsiderate of there being enough food for others, he will be greedy in other…
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