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 February 01, 2019
“I once worked as a salesman and was very independent. I took orders from no one”

American humorist Gerald Barzan was credited in the book The Greatest Laughs of All Time (1961), by Gerald F. Lieberman, with a popular line about working as a salesman:

“I once worked as a salesman and was very independent. I took orders from no one.”


Google Books
The Greatest Laughs of All Time
By Gerald F. Lieberman
Garden City, NY: Doubleday
1961
Pg. 300:
I once worked as a salesman and was very independent. I took orders from no one.
GERALD BARZAN

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Webster’s New World Best Book of Aphorisms
By Auriel Douglas and Michael Strumpf
New York, NY: Webster’s NewWorld: Distributed by Prentice Hall
1989
Pg. 231:
I once worked as a salesman and was very independent. I took orders from no one. — Jacques Barzun

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Dick Enberg’s Humorous Quotes for All Occasions:
Speaking Tips and Over 1,000 One-Liners

By Dick Enberg with Brian Morgan and Wendy Morgan
Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Publishing
2000
Pg. 179:
I once worked as a salesman and was very independent. I took orders from no one.
Gerald Barzan

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, February 01, 2019 • Permalink