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 July 21, 2019
“Jet lag is for amateurs”

"Jet lag is for amateurs” is an airplane saying that has been printed on many images. American radio and television personality, television producer and film actor Dick Clark (1929-2012) has been credited with this sign since at least 1993.

However, it’s uncertain when he ever said it. Clark said “I feel like I have jet lag all the time” in a June 1974 UPI newspaper story. It was reported that his watch had dials for the time both in Los Angeles and New York.


Wikipedia: Jet lag
Jet lag is a physiological condition that results from alterations to the body’s circadian rhythms caused by rapid long-distance trans-meridian (east–west or west–east) travel. For example, someone flying from New York to London, i.e. from west to east, feels as if the time were five hours earlier than local time, and someone travelling from London to New York, i.e. from east to west, feels as if the time were five hours later than local time. Jet lag was previously classified as one of the circadian rhythm sleep disorders.

Wikipedia: Dick Clark
Richard Wagstaff Clark (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was an American radio and television personality, television producer and film actor, as well as a cultural icon who remains best known for hosting American Bandstand from 1957 to 1988. He also hosted the game show Pyramid and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which transmitted Times Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Clark was well known for his trademark sign-off, “For now, Dick Clark — so long!”, accompanied by a facsimile of a military salute.

21 June 1974, The Daily Review (Morgan City, LA), “Dick Clark Is Billed As The Oldest Teenager” by Frank Swertlow (UPI), pg. 8, col. 5:
Clark looks at his gold watch. It has two dials. One tells him West Coast time for his operations in Los Angeles. The other is for his commitments in New York and London.

“I feel like I have jet lag all the time,” he said.

12 December 1993, New York (NY) Times, “Words to Travel By,” sec. 20, pg. 3, col. 4:
One might expect the word of Homer in a collection of quotations about travel, but less likely sources are also tapped in a new 136-page book, “Flinging Monkeys at the Coconuts,” edited by Trevor Cralle. Those quoted include Charlotte Ford ("Travel with another person—friend or lover—is one of the extreme tests of a relationship")and Dick Clark ("Jet lag is for amateurs").

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Seeing the two side by side, it was obvious they were related, despite the younger girl’s slightly deeper tan, which explained the bright blue T-shirt that said Jet Lag Is For Amateurs.

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