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 November 10, 2019
“No matter where you go, there you are”

"No matter where you go, there you are” is a saying that has been printed on many images. Its origins in the 1960s are uncertain.

“Always remember: ‘No matter where you go..there you are!’” was printed in the Hartford (CT) Courant on August 29, 1963. “Lt. Col. C. Gordon Furbish of the air force has a theory: ‘No matter where you go, there you are’” was printed in the Chicago (IL) Tribune on May 1, 1966.

“No Matter Where You Go (There You Are)” was a 1967 song title by American Cajun country rock musician and songwriter Floyd August “Gib” Guilbeau (1937-2016). In 1968, the saying was used by the American sunshine pop band The Association.

“No matter where you go… there you are” was a line in the film The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984), with a script by Earl Mac Rauch.


Wikiquote: The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension (or just Buckaroo Banzai.) is a cult film released in 1984, starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Christopher Lloyd, and Jeff Goldblum.

Buckaroo Banzai
From the film’s dialogue

. Hey, hey, hey — don’t be mean. We don’t have to be mean. ‘Cause, remember: no matter where you go… there you are.

29 August 1963, Hartford (CT) Courant, “Feminine Topics” by Jacqueline, pg. 11, col. 4 ad:
Always remember: “No matter where you go..there you are!”

1 May 1966, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Washington Scrapbook” by Walter Trohan, sec. 1A, pg. 4, col. 3:
Lt. Col. C. Gordon Furbish of the air force has a theory: “No matter where you go, there you are.”

11 September 1967, Milwaukee (WI) Sentinel, “Capitol Week” by Michael H. McCoy, pt. 1, pg. 10, col. 2:
From the bureau of no matter where you go, there you are: ...

OCLC WorldCat record
No matter where you go (there you are)
Author: Gib Guilbeau; Vern Gosdin; Rex Gosdin; Chris Hillman; Gosdin Brothers,
Publisher: [United States] : Edict, [1967]
Edition/Format: Music : 45 rpm : English

Newspapers.com
11 April 1968, Burlington (IA) Free Press, “Digging the Association” by Maggie Maurice, pg. 12, col. 3:
And as the Association hit one place after another and it began to look like the same gym, the same hotel, their theme turned into, “No matter where you go, there you are.”

23 August 1968, Evansville (IN) Courier, “‘Association Says: ‘We’re Real People In An Unreal World’” by Dave Berry, pg. 22, col. 3:
“No matter where you go there you are.”

This is the motto for a group of six young men known internationally as the “Association,” who drove into Evansville, checked into a local motel and set up home for the night Thursday.

Google Books
Catalog of Copyright Entries: Music, Volume 23, Part 5, Issue 1
Library of Congress. Copyright Office
Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office
1969
Pg. 459: 
NO MATTER WHERE YOU GO, THERE YOU ARE; w & m Floyd (Gib) Guilbeau. 5 p. © Maverick Music & Gary S. Paxton; 19Maró9; EUlO5848.

Newspapers.com
20 April 1972, Orlando (FL) Evening Star, “National Affairs” by Bill Anderson, pg. 22-A, col. 5:
... Col. C Gordon Furbish (ret.), one of the most knowledgeable persons in the metropolitan area of Washington.

(Furbish is the creator of the saying, “Remember, no matter where you go, there you are.")

YouTube
Buckaroo Bonzai - No Matter Where You Go....There You Are....
Jun 6, 2016
Mark Mercer
A gentle reminder from Buckaroo Bonzai

Twitter
David Morris OLY
@Aerialskier
No matter where you go - there you are.
-Dad quote
David Morris OLY
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