A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 12, 2016
“A healthy attitude is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!”

"A healthy attitude is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others, Be a carrier” is a saying that has been printed on many images. “Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!” was cited in print in 1972, when it was credited to American humorist Arnold Glasow (1905-1998).

“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!”—a slight change from “cheerfulness”—was cited in print in 2001. British playwright Tom Stoppard has been credited with the saying since at least 2008, but it’s not known if he ever said it.


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Q: Who is Arnold Glasgow?
A: He was my father-in-law. Arnold Henry Glasow (notice no second g in last name) was born in Fond-du-lac, Wisconsin in 1905, and died in Freeport, IL in 1998 at age 93. He graduated from Ripon College, and started his own business when he moved to Freeport just after the depression. His business was a humor magazine that he marketed to firms nationally, which firms would turn it into their “house organ” to send to their customers. He carried on this business for over 60 years, publishing his first book at age 92. The book is titled, “Glasow’s Gloombusters,” one of the many titles he put on his work during his career. He was cited frequently in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune and many other major organs. He was a regular contributor to the humor sections of Reader’s Digest. Sixty years of productive work. Many attributions. A real American thinker, self-effacing and generous of spirit, he shunned the national spotlight.

27 September 1972, Thomasville (GA) Times-Enterprise, “Glasow’s Gloombusters,” pg. 4, col. 1:
Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!

5 March 1976, Snyder (TX) Daily News, pg. 1, col. 1:
The Borden Star has this advice: “Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier."—WACIL MCNAIR

Google Books
14,000 Quips and Quotes:
For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers and Teachers

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books
1990
Pg. 6:
Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!

February 1999, Body Bulletin, “Think fit, be fit,” pg. 1:
“A healthy attitude is contagious.”

Google Books
Building Customer Loyalty:
21 Essential Elements in Action

By JoAnna Brandi
Dallas, TX: Walk the Talk Co,
2001
Pg. 36:
A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier!
-- Source Unknown

5 October 2001, Indianapolis (IN) Star, “Let it out,” pg. E3:
Cheerfulness is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others—be a carrier!

Google Books
The Best News about Radiation Therapy:
How to Cope and Survive

By Carol L. Kornmehl
Howell, NJ: Academic Radiation Oncology Press
2003
Pg. 49:
“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” - Author Unknown

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A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.
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19 January 2004, South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), “Patriots Perfect in Their Own Way” by Ethan J. Skolnick, pg. 1c:
There is a sign in Gillette Stadium: “A healthy attitude is contagious, but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” The attribution? “Unknown.”

12 July 2008, Rockford (IL) Register Star, pg. D1, col. 2:
“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” - Tom Stoppard

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“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.” - Tom Stoppard
10:51 AM - 14 Nov 2008

17 October 2009, Wall Street Journal, “Health Matters: Starting to Feel Older? New Studies Show Attitude Can Be Critical” by Melinda Beck, pg. R7:
Channe Fodeman, a clinical social worker who moderated the panel, noted that right now, it’s the baby-boom generation that is feeling the most trepidation about aging. “We have a lot of hang-ups about this whole age issue,” she says. “But more boomers should see how positive people in their 90s can be.”

She adds: “There’s a wonderful saying, ‘A healthy attitude is contagious. Be a carrier.’”

Google Books
The Quotable Scouter:
Moral Inspiration for Scouts of All Ages

By Edith Songer
Familius (Familius.com)
2013
Pg. ?:
“A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier.”
Tom Stoppard, 1937–

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