washing post logoIf you have to ask who’s in the Green Book, you’re probably not.

We speak of the “Social List of Washington, D.C.” — nicknamed the Green Book for its distinctive apple-green faux-suede cover. For the past 83 years, the book has provided a guide to official Washington, plus a whole bunch of well-bred folks you’ve never heard of.

“It’s like an exclusive address book,” explained Kevin Chaffee, a Washington Life senior editor who’s been listed for the past three decades. “Back in the old days, it was more of a stud book. You assumed that if someone was in the Green Book, they were part of proper Washington society.”

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