September 14th, 2014

15 Things You Don’t Know About Me

by Jacqueline Whitmore

Most people have no idea what an etiquette expert’s life is like. Just in case you’re wondering, here are 15 things you don’t know about me:


  1. If I had to pick a new career, I would be a travel writer. I’m sure there are a lot of perks that go along with that job.
  2. I never changed my last name after I got married. My husband’s last name is Gleason, but I’m not “Jackie Gleason.”
  3. I feel most comfortable wearing a t-shirt, yoga pants and bedroom slippers.
  4. When I was born, my mother named me after her idol, Jacqueline Kennedy.
  5. I love to write, but I’m remarkably slow at it.
  6. I’m terrible at math. My least favorite subject in high school school was geometry.
  7. I got my first job at 14. I was a secretary for the Public Works Department in Haines City, FL. (I’m still grateful for my excellent typing skills).
  8. One of my favorite movies of all time is Gone With the Wind. I can relate to Scarlett O’Hara in so many ways.
  9. One of the best days ever was when I got my first book deal.
  10. I love watching QVC but I rarely order anything.
  11. I learned all about poise by competing in beauty pageants during and after college.
  12. I collect Junior League cookbooks.
  13. My dog Abigail is named after Abigail Thomas, my writing coach and the bestselling author of A Three Dog Life (soon to be a movie starring John Travolta and Salma Hayek).
  14. I met my husband at the Solid Waste Authority (a.k.a. the county dump) in 1993.
  15. I grew up eating bologna sandwiches, Swanson TV dinners and SpaghettiOs.
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One Response to “15 Things You Don’t Know About Me”

  1. Diane M. Jellen on September 14th, 2014 12:08 pm

    Hi Ms. Jackie Gleason. Only kidding. All these years I’ve known you as Jacqueline Whitmore and Brian as Brian Gleason, I never put your first name and Brian’s last name together. Just think, I could have been telling people that my neighbor is Jackie Gleason.

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