Neither Gerald Cohen nor Barry Popik has been invited on any television show—not on the network news, and not even on David Letterman's Show (at "Big Apple Corner").
In the spring of 1997, as "Big Apple Corner" was about to be dedicated, I had personally written and copied information (at tremendous sacrifice, it turned out, as both of my parents were dying in 1997) to every media outlet in the city.
No one responded.
The item below is the only "Big Apple" coverage ever on New York City television. NY1 is New York City's 24-hour cable news channel. My name is given as "local history buff":
(LEXIS-NEXIS) Copyright 1997 Video Monitoring Services of America, L.P. Video Monitoring Services of America
SHOW: Hourly News
January 30, 1997, Thursday 3:00-4:00 PM (ET)
LENGTH: 57 words
BODY: Start: 57.00 Big Apple Mystery A local history buff has learned how New York City came to be known as "The Big Apple". Stable hands in New Orleans used to refer to NYC as such. Sports writer John Fitzgerald picked up on this and used the expression in his column for the "New York Morning Telegraph" newspaper in 1924. End: 58.00
LOAD-DATE: September 19, 1997
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