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 December 14, 2014
“A careful driver is one who just saw the car ahead of him get a traffic ticket”

"A careful driver is one who just saw the car ahead of him get a ticket” is a jocular saying that has been popular on Twitter. The joke, however, is an old one. “A careful driver is one who just saw the driver ahead of him get a ticket.—Arnold Glasow” was cited in 1965.


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Q: Who is Arnold Glasgow?
A: He was my father-in-law. Arnold Henry Glasow (notice no second g in last name) was born in Fond-du-lac, Wisconsin in 1905, and died in Freeport, IL in 1998 at age 93. He graduated from Ripon College, and started his own business when he moved to Freeport just after the depression. His business was a humor magazine that he marketed to firms nationally, which firms would turn it into their “house organ” to send to their customers. He carried on this business for over 60 years, publishing his first book at age 92. The book is titled, “Glasow’s Gloombusters,” one of the many titles he put on his work during his career. He was cited frequently in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune and many other major organs. He was a regular contributor to the humor sections of Reader’s Digest. Sixty years of productive work. Many attributions. A real American thinker, self-effacing and generous of spirit, he shunned the national spotlight.

16 September 1965, Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch, “Show Times” by Earl Wilson, pg. 18-A, col. 3:
WISH I’D SAID THAT: A careful driver is one who just saw the driver ahead of him get a ticket.—Arnold Glasow.

5 August 1969, Rockford (IL) Register-Republic, “Today’s Chuckle,” pg. A1, col. 8:
A careful driver is one who just saw the driver ahead of him get a traffic ticket.

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A careful driver is one who just saw the car ahead of him get a traffic ticket.
7:12 AM - 29 Apr 2012

Chiriqui Chatter
Posted on May 5, 2012 by Don Ray
Drivers
A careful driver is one who just saw the car ahead of him get a traffic ticket.

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A careful driver is one who just saw the car ahead of him get a traffic ticket.
12:56 AM - 25 Dec 2012

Google Books
5,000 Great One-Liners
By Grant Tucker
London: The Robson Press
2012
Pg. ?:
A careful driver is one who just saw the car ahead of him get a traffic ticket.

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‏@jokeoftheday69
A careful driver is one who just saw the car ahead of him get a traffic ticket.
10:54 PM - 14 Dec 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTransportation • Sunday, December 14, 2014 • Permalink