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 14, 2017
“The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off due to budget cuts”

"The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off due to budget cuts” is a jocular reminder of a grim government fiscal situation that has been printed on many images. “The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off” was printed in the New York (NY) Times on December 21, 1991. “Due to current economic conditions, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off” was posted on the newsgroup rec.humor on January 23, 1992.

“Attention: Due to budget cuts, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation” was posted on the newsgroup rec.humor on September 22, 1992.


New York (NY) Times
Tidings of Discomfort And No Joy Hit Nassau
By THOMAS J. LUECK,
Published: December 21, 1991
(...)
Gerald Rubin, assistant director of weights and measures in the department, said, “We tried to have a Christmas party, but people were in tears.”

Today workers in Mr. Rubin’s office indulged in some gallows humor by circulating a flyer that read: “The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.”

Google Groups: rec.humor
Why Blonde Joke
David Morgan
1/23/92
(...)
Ph +61 2 330 1864 Fax +61 2 330 1807
David Morgan : University of Technology Sydney PO Box 123 Broadway 2007
“Due to current economic conditions
The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off”

27 April 1992, The Daily Telegraph (London, UK), “Business Monitor: Few common traits in the battle to win” by Michael Becket, pg. 27:
DUE to the recession the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off, runs the current joke.

10 June 1992, Vancouver (BC) Sun, “Teachers, nurses, truckers wooed with eased rules” by Valerie Casselton, pg. D3:
Cartwright said he feared the labor movement was in danger of fulfilling the prophecy of a bumper sticker.

“It said, due to financial constraints, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off until further notice,” he said. “That cannot be the motto of the labor movement.”

21 September 1992, Newsday (Long Island, NY), “43 Days Campaign Countdown” by Fred Bruning, pg. 19:
THE ECONOMIC indicators are down again - in fact they’ve gone subterranean. On a train platform below Penn Station, some gloomy observer scrawled this election year message: “Due to the current economy, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.”

Google Groups: rec.humor
Attention:Important announcement!!!!
dma...@ecs.umass.edu
9/22/92
Attention:
Due to budget cuts, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation.

Google Books
Tricks of the Floor Trader:
Insider Trading Techniques for the Off-the-floor Trader

By Neal Weintraub
Chicago, IL McGraw Hill Professional
1996
Pg. 220:
After scalping in the Currency Pit for three years, a local trader hung up a sign at his clearing firm that read: “Due to economic conditions, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.”

Google Books
The Family Track: Keeping Your Faculties While You Mentor, Nurture, Teach, and Serve
Edited by Constance Coiner and Diana Hume George
Urbana, IL: University of Illinois Press
1998
Pg. 259:
Recently I saw a notice on one of the bulletin boards of my financially beleaguered state university announcing, “Due to budget cuts, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off.

Google Books
Pastor Tim’s Cleanlaugh Collection
By Tim Davis
Victoria, BC: Trafford Publishing
2001
Pg. 13:
The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off due to budget cuts.

Twitter
Hope Helms‏
@hopehelms
The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off due to budget cuts
10:51 PM - 1 Dec 2007

Forbes.com
AUG 16, 2012 @ 05:55 AM
The Light at the End of the Tunnel
Robert Lenzner , CONTRIBUTOR
For $17.69 I bought the sign I spotted in the general store of a small Rhode Island village because it was quirky and related to thew mood of the nation almost everywhere else but this bucolic spot.

“Due to recent cutbacks, the light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off” is what it said on the face of a wooden block that was made in China but designed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Twitter
One Liner Jokes‏
@one_jokes
The light at the end of the tunnel has been turned off due to budget cuts.
1:00 AM - 18 Jan 2017

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Friday, July 14, 2017 • Permalink