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 August 12, 2013
“A reckless driver is one who passes you, in spite of all you can do”

"A reckless driver is one who passes you, in spite of all you can do” is a jocular one-line saying that has been cited in print since January 1924. The saying was printed in a syndicated newspaper column of “Quillen’s Quips” by American journalist and humorist Robert Quillen (1887-1948).


Wikipedia: Robert Quillen
Verni Robert Quillen (March 25, 1887 - December 9, 1948) was an American journalist and humorist who for more than a quarter century was “one of the leading purveyors of village nostalgia” from his home in Fountain Inn, South Carolina.

29 January 1924, Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA), “Quillen’s Quips,” pg. 4, col. 3:
A reckless driver is one who passes you in spite of all you can do.

Google News Archive
1 August 1925, The Afro-American (Baltimore, MD), “Amos Hokum Says,” pg. 9, col. 5:
A reckless driver is a fellow that passes you on the road in spite of all you can do.

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4 March 1935, Border Cities Star (Windsor, Ontario), “Glancing Up And Down The Universe,” pg. 4, col. 2:
“What, precisely, is a reckless driver?” asks a Supreme Court judge. Well, Your Lordship, a reckless driver is one who passes you, in spite of all you can do.

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8 November 1955, Reading (PA) Eagle, “Try And Stop Me” by Bennett Cerf, pg. 12, col. 5:
A reckless driver, suggests Lincoln Parker, is so-and-so who passes you on a highway despite every dangerous and dirty trick you can pull to prevent it.

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. 440:
A reckless driver is one who passes you on the highway in spite of all you can do!

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Monday, August 12, 2013 • Permalink