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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from September 01, 2017
“Latin’s not dead. It’s just Roman around”

Is Latin a dead language?  “Latin isn’t dead. It’s just ‘Roman’ around,” Sen. Charles Hagel (R-Neb.) said in 2004. It’s likely that Hagel heard the joke from another source.

21 March 2004, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “The Race to the White House: Campaign 2004,” pg. A37, col. 2:
Sen. Charles Hagel (R-Neb.) also chose a pun: “Latin isn’t dead. It’s just ‘Roman’ around.”

31 March 2004, Roll Call (Washington, DC), “Schumer’s Stargazing” by Ed Henry, pg. 1:
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) was kind enough to include an autographed photo with this joke: “Latin isn’t dead. It’s just ‘Roman’ around.”

The Journal Times (Racine, WI)
Latin program barely hanging on in Unified
Journal Times May 26, 2008
Stone responds with a joke when asked if Latin is dead.

“Latin is not a dead language. It’s just Roman around,” she said, holding back her laughter.

Latin isn’t dead its just Roman around.
5:23 AM - 19 Jun 2011

Antioxidant 2.0‏
Here is a groaner for ya: “Latin isn’t dead, it’s just Roman around” - Chuck Hagel
2:03 PM - 31 Jul 2011 from Midland, MI

Sam B‏
Latin isn’t dead; it’s just Roman around
2:42 PM - 28 Jul 2012

SWGS Classics‏
Latin’s not dead
It’s just Roman around
5:17 AM - 1 Feb 2015

Latin’s not dead,
submitted September 2, 2017 by GoodDayBoy
Its just ROMAN around

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Friday, September 01, 2017 • Permalink