The last word in Army etiquette came last week from Australia. General Douglas MacArthur, 63. played Emily Post. His confused pupil was Lee Van Atta. 24, I.N.S. Australian bureau head and ex-Hollywood juvenile (Captains Courageous, etc.).
Teacher and pupil reached the lobby floor of Melbourne's Hotel Menzies in the same elevator. The door opened. Van Atta retreated to let the General out first.
The General insisted that the reporter go first. They argued politely. MacArthur finally broke it up by projecting Van Atta into the lobby with a muscular shove.
After this introduction...