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 March 23, 2015
“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going!”

"Don’t watch the clock; do what it does Keep going!” has been printed on many posters, with credit usually given to Brooklyn-born humorist Sam Levenson (1911-1980). Levenson included the saying in his book, You Don’t Have to Be in Who’s Who to Know What’s What (1979).


Wikipedia: Sam Levenson
Sam Levenson (December 28, 1911 – August 27, 1980) was an American humorist, writer, teacher, television host, and journalist.

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OCLC WorldCat record
You don’t have to be in Who’s who to know what’s what
Author: Sam Levenson
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©1979.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

Google Books
Words of Wisdom
Edited by William Safire and Leonard Safir
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
1989
Pg. 398:
Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. — Sam Levenson

10 January 2002, Daily Republican Register (Mt. Carmel, IL), pg. 1, col. 4:
MUSINGS ON THE WABASH
Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going. — Sam Levenson

17 April 2003, The Advocate (Stamford, CT), “Daily Bridge Club” by Frank Stewart, pg. C6, col. 1:
“Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going!”—Sam Levenson.

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