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, 2019
“A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television”

"A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television” is a saying that has been printed on many images. “Description: ‘A grandmother is a baby-sitter who watches the baby instead of TV’” was written by syndicated columnist Bert Bacharach in the Akron (OH) Beacon Journal on May 15, 1962.

“White House bartender Bob Lee said it: ‘A grandmother is a babysitter who watches children instead of TV’” was printed in the Minneapolis (MN) Morning Tribune on June 2, 1964. “DANNY THOMAS’ definition: ‘A grandmother is a baby-sitter who watches the children instead of the television set’” was printed in the Philadelphia (PA) Daily News on June 11, 1964. ”Grandmother A baby-sitter who watches the kids instead of the television set” was printed in the book The Successful Toastmaster (1966) by Herbert Victor Prochnow.


15 May 1962, Akron (OH) Beacon Journal, “Don’t Diet, Just Keep Twistin’” by Bert Bacharach, pg. 18, col. 5:
Description: “A grandmother is a baby-sitter who watches the baby instead of TV.”

20 July 1962, San Francisco (CA) Examiner, “Cost of Living” by Bert Bacharach, pg. 31, col. 3:
Description: “A grandmother is a baby-sitter who watches the baby instead of TV.”

2 June 1964, Minneapolis (MN) Morning Tribune, “After Last Night” by Will Jones, pg. 30, col. 8:
White House bartender Bob Lee said it: “A grandmother is a babysitter who watches children instead of TV.”

11 June 1964, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News, “TV Gag Bag,” pg. 32, col. 4:
DANNY THOMAS’ definition: “A grandmother is a baby-sitter who watches the children instead of the television set.”

5 October 1964, Knoxville (TN) News-Sentinel, “Hugh Allen Says,” pg. A-6, col. 7:
TODAY’S DEFINITION: A grandmother is a baby sitter who watches the children instead of TV.

Google Books
The Successful Toastmaster:
A Treasure Chest of Introductions, Epigrams, Humor, and Quotations

By Herbert Victor Prochnow
New York, NY: Harper & Row
1966
Pg. 320:
Grandmother
A baby-sitter who watches the kids instead of the television set.

24 December 1966, Indianapolis (IN) Star, “Now See Here” by Burt Bacharach, pg. 15, col. 7:
Description of a grandmother: A baby-sitter who watches the children instead of watching television!

Google Books
A Grandparent’s Journal:
A Keepsake Book with Space for Notes

By Running Press
Philadelphia, PA: Running Press Book Publishers
1985
Pg. ?:
A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television.
-- ANONYMOUS

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. 37:
A grandmother is a baby sitter who watches the kids instead of the television.

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A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television. ~Author Unknown

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How Grand You Are
By Sarah Arak
Silverback Books Incorporated
2006
Pg. 28:
GRANDMOTHER IS A BABYSITTER WHO WATCHES THE KIDS INSTEAD OF THE TELEVISION «8» Author Unknown

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandparents:
101 Stories of Love, Laughs and Lessons Across the Generations

By Amy Newmark
Cos Cob, CT: Chicken Soup for the Soul, LLC
2019
Pg. 266:
A grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television. ~Author Unknown

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New York CityRadio/Television • Sunday, May 12, 2019 • Permalink