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 08, 2018
“If confusion is the beginning of wisdom, I am totally on the right track”

"Confusion s the beginning of wisdom” is a saying of uncertain authorship. U.S. General Walter Bedell “Beetle” Smith (1895-1961) said this, as quoted in a 1992 book:

“All I can say from my discussions of the past week or so is that if confusion is the beginning of wisdom, I shall be wise before too long.”

“If Confusion is the beginning of wisdom, I am totally on the Right Track” is a popular modern version that was posted on Twitter on May 24, 2010.


Wikipedia: Walter Bedell Smith
General Walter Bedell “Beetle” Smith (5 October 1895 – 9 August 1961) was a senior officer of the United States Army who served as General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s chief of staff at Allied Forces Headquarters (AFHQ) during the Tunisia Campaign and the Allied invasion of Italy in 1943 during World War II. He was Eisenhower’s chief of staff at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) in the campaign in Western Europe from 1944 through 1945.

Google Books
The Chairman:
John J McCloy & The Making of the American Establishment

By Kai Bird
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
1992
Pg. ?:
Later, McCloy wrote his old wartime friend Bedell “Beetle” Smith, “All I can say from my discussions of the past week or so is that if confusion is the beginning of wisdom, I shall be wise before too long.”

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Lisa Gambrell-Josey‏
@gambrell104
If Confusion is the beginning of wisdom, I am totally on the Right Track.
7:52 PM - 24 May 2010

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kyletheblaze‏
@Kyletheblaze
If Confusion is the beginning of wisdom, I am totally on the Right Track.
8:13 PM - 20 Jun 2010

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Shaun Weldon‏
@andromeda7445
If Confusion is the beginning of wisdom, I am totally on the Right Track.
7:04 AM - 6 Jul 2010

Funny Status
If confusion is the beginning of wisdom, I am totally…
April 11, 2013 Misc. Status Updates
If confusion is the beginning of wisdom, I am totally on the right track.

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Bill Murray‏
@BiIIMurray
If confusion is the beginning of wisdom, I am totally on the right track.
4:15 PM - 7 Oct 2017

Twitter
Bill Murray‏
@BiIIMurray
If confusion is the beginning of wisdom, I am totally on the right track.
12:30 PM - 9 Feb 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Thursday, February 08, 2018 • Permalink