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 July 05, 2012
“The older a man gets, the farther he had to walk to school as a boy”

"The older a man gets, the farther he had to walk to school as a boy” is a joke based on fathers who embellish their alleged hard scrabble beginnings. The kids today have it easy; the fathers had to walk five miles to school, without any shoes, uphill, through the snow, and so on.

“The older a man gets the farther the distance he had to walk to school as a boy” has been cited in print since October 1958 and is of unknown authorship. The 1962 citation, below, credits the cartoon “Abe Martin of Brown County” by Kin Hubbard (1868-1930), but no such cartoon has been located.


12 October 1958, Florence (SC) Morning News, pg. 6B, col. 6:
The older a man gets the farther the distance he had to walk to school as a boy.

1 November 1958, Terre Haute (IN) Star, “It HappenedLast Night” by Earl Wilson, pg. 4, col. 5:
Wish I’d Said That—The older a man gets the further he had to walk to school as a boy.

18 November 1958, Janesville (WI) Daily Gazette, “Smile for Today,” pg. 1, col. 1:
The older a man gets, the further he had to walk to school as a boy.

17 July 1960, Trenton (NJ) Sunday Times-Advertiser, pg. 8, col. 2:
Story Expands
Bob Rockwell of “Man From Blackhawk” quips that the older a man gets the farther he had to walk to school as a boy!

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16 November 1960, Florence (AL) Times, “Jack and Jackie Make Quite A Headline Duo” by Ben Knight, pg. 2, col. 6:
The older a person gets, the further he had to walk to school as a boy.

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14 December 1960, Youngstown (OH) Daily Vindicator, “Today’s Chuckle,” pg. 39, col. 4:
The older a man gets, the farther he had to walk to school as a boy.

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Portrait of a President:
John F. Kennedy in Profile

By William Manchester
Boston, MA: Little, Brown
1962
Pg. ?:
Like many tycoons he has sometimes tended to exaggerate his humble origins — as Abe Martin observed, the older a man gets, the farther he had to walk to school as a boy — yet he had a point.

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You’re Never Too Old to Laugh:
A Laugh-Out-Loud Collection of Cartoons, Quotes, Jokes, and Trivia on Growing Older

By Ed Fischer
Minnetonka, MN: Meadowbrook Press
2012
Pg. ?:
The older a man gets, the farther he had to walk to school as a boy.
-- Anonymous

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • (0) Comments • Thursday, July 05, 2012 • Permalink