I spent some time over the holidays cleaning up and cleaning out. And behold, I found my dog-earred, marked-up copy of The Official Preppy Handbook by Lisa Birnbach. Circa 1980, this book was touted as "the first guide to The Tradition. Mannerisms, Etiquette, Dress Codes, The Family."
Though intended to be a spoof, the book actually was found to be quite instructive in the Prep way of life from cradle to grave. Where else could one find a "City-by-City Going Out Guide" for 1980? Or how to pick the right prep school? Or a list of acceptable (and not so acceptable) professions?
For some reason there is something still fascinating about this book—a certain je ne sais quoi.
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Music to Boogie by:
1. Beach Boys—Surf's Up
2. Duke Ellington—Take the A Train
3. Widespread Depression Orchestra—Boogie in the Barnyard
4. Glenn Miller—Greatest Hits
5. Frank Sinatra—A Swingin' Affair
Sports to play:
2. Field Hockey
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