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 April 15, 2018
“On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key”

"On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key” is a one-line saying that has been printed on many images. “On the Keyboard of Life, Always Keep One Finger on the Escape Key” was listed as a T-shirt saying in the Detroit (MI) Free Press on October 16, 1995.

The saying is frequently credited to the Dilbert comic strip, in such lists as “Dilbert’s Word of Wisdom” or “Dilbert’s Rules of Order.” However, the first credit to Dilbert appears to be in 1998—several years after the saying had been cited in print.


Wikipedia: Dilbert
Dilbert is an American comic strip written and illustrated by Scott Adams, first published on April 16, 1989. The strip is known for its satirical office humor about a white-collar, micromanaged office featuring engineer Dilbert as the title character.

16 October 1995, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “New T-shirts feature fun art, laugh lines” by Bob Talbert, pg. 6E, col. 3:
“On the Keyboard of Life, Always Keep One Finger on the Escape Key.”

6 November 1995, Toronto (ON) Star, “Bumper sticker truths take on government, lawyers and chocolate” by George Gamester, pg. A4:
ON THE KEYBOARD OF LIFE, ALWAYS KEEP ONE FINGER ON THE ESCAPE KEY.

Google Groups: aar.lists.lightwave
[LW] Make it happen
Will Hall
7/16/98
(...)
“On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.” -
Dilbert

Google Groups: alt.basement.graveyard
ABG: “DILBERT’S WORDS OF WISDOM”
Homer Gunther
2/19/99
(...)
13. On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.

Google Books
Read This; It’s Funny!!:
A Laughable E-Mail Collection

By Carl E. Knox
Portland, OR: OCGI
2003
Pg. 175:
On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key.

Google Books
Crazy Sh*t Old People Say
Edited by Geoff Tibballs
London, UK: Constable & Robinson Ltd
2011
Pg. ?:
“On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the Escape key.”

Twitter
Famous Quotes
@valuablequottes
On the keyboard of life, alway keep one finger on the escape key. - Scott Adams / Dilbert
3:41 PM - 13 Mar 2018

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityMedia/Newspapers/Magazines/Internet • Sunday, April 15, 2018 • Permalink