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 April 14, 2018
“Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed”

"Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed” is a saying that has been printed on many images. The saying has been credited to New York-born actor and comedian George Burns (1896-1996).

George Burns encouraged older people not to retire, but to get out of bed and stay active. “People who get old think they have to retire. They think they have to stay in bed. Well, they can’t make any money in bed, not at their age!” Burns said in August 1983. “Don’t stay in bed,” Burns said on his 88th birthday in January 1984. “When you get to be my age, you can’t make any money in bed.”

“Don’t stay in bed...unless you make money in bed” is how George Burns was quoted in a 1991 newspaper.


Wikipedia: George Burns
George Burns (born Nathan Birnbaum; January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996) was an American comedian, actor, singer, and writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, radio, film and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar-smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. He and his wife, Gracie Allen, appeared on radio, television, and film as the comedy duo Burns and Allen.

When Burns was 79, he had a sudden career revival as an amiable, beloved and unusually active comedy elder statesman in the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

14 August 1983, Sacramento (CA) Bee, “Funny George Burns Contemplates Money, Aging, Felt Hats” by Mauree Jane Perry, pg. H4, col. 4:
For people who get lonely and depressed: “People who get old think they have to retire. They think they have to stay in bed. Well, they can’t make any money in bed, not at their age! Tell them to get out of bed and do something, even work for free as a volunteer. Go to hospitals and talk to people. But tell people not to retire. I don’t think anyone should retire, ever, ever ,ever. No matter what their age.”

21 January 1984, Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), “George Burns celebrates birthday with 1,200 women, Miss America” by Robert Wade (AP), pg. 16-A, col. 2:
“The most important thing about being around is to do something. Don’t stay in bed,” Burns said before cutting into a 3-1/2-foot-tall birthday cake with Miss America, Vanessa Williams, and Miss New Jersey, Suzette Charles, by his side.

“When you get to be my age, you can’t make any money in bed,” the octogenarian quipped.

27 January 1984, The Jewish Exponent (Philadelphia, PA), “By George: At 88, cigar in hand, George Burns is still smokin’—and joking his way through life” by Michael Elkin, pg. 57, col. 4:
“The most important thing is to get up and do things, not to stay in bed. Besides,” he added, at my age I can’t make money in bed anymore.”

2 May 1991, Orlando (FL) Sentinel, “Names and Face” by L. M. Boyd, pg. A2:
George Burns’ advice: “Don’t stay in bed...unless you make money in bed.”

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“Don’t stay in bed, unless you can make money in bed."- George Burns (1896-1996)
4:51 AM - 14 Apr 2018

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