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

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Entry from March 20, 2017
“Science may never come up with a better office communications system than the coffee break”

"Science may never come up with a better office communications system than the coffee break” is a saying that has been printed on many images. Syndicated entertainment columnist Earl Wilson (1907-1987) wrote in October 1961, “Science will never come up with a better office communications system than the coffee break.” Wilson reprinted the line ten years later, in a December 1971 column.

The opening “Science will never...” was changed by others to “Science may never...” by at least 1978.


Wikipedia: Earl Wilson (columnist)
Earl Wilson (May 3, 1907 – January 16, 1987), born Harvey Earl Wilson, was an American journalist, gossip columnist, and author, perhaps best known for his 6-day a week nationally syndicated newspaper column, It Happened Last Night.

30 October 1961, The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), “It Happened Last Night” by Earl Wilson, pg. 17, col. 3:
EARLS PEARLS: Science will never come up with a better office communications system than the coffee break.

20 December 1971, Hartford (CT) Courant, Earl Wilson entertainment column, pg. 20, col. 7:
Science will never come up with a better office communications system than the coffee break.

17 July 1978, Marietta (GA) Daily Journal, “Ink Spots” by Wayne Reeves, pg. 2B, col. 8 ad:
Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break.

17 November 1980, Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, AR), “Daily Cryptoquote” (puzzle), pg. 4B, col. 2:
Saturday’s Cryptoquote: SCIENCE MAY NEVER COME UP WITH A NETTER OFFICE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM THAN THE COFFEE BREAK.—EARL WILSON

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

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1990, ©1980
Pg. 461:
Science has never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break.

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Gene Perret’s Funny Business:
Speaker’s Treasury of Business Humor for All Occasions

By Gene Perret and Linda Perret
New York, NY: Prentice Hall
1990
Pg. 141:
“Science may never come up with a better office communications system than the coffee break.” — Earl Wilson

Google Books
Great Funny Quotes:
Sweeten Your Life with Laughter

By David Young
Round Rock, TX: Wind Runner Press
2011
Pg. 68:
Science may never come up with a better office communications system than the coffee break.
-- Gene Perret

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“Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break.” Earl Wilson
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