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 29, 2015
“America is where a young man can start at the bottom and work his way into a hole”

"America is where a young man can start at the bottom and work his way into a hole” is a jocular one-line saying that has been cited in print since at least 1963. It originated in the “Pepper and Salt” column off The Wall Street Journal.


26 July 1963, The Press-Courier (Oxnard, CA), pg. 8, col. 7:
Dig We Must
America is where a young man can start at the bottom and work his way into a hole.

Google Books
The Light Touch;
Verse, epigrams, aphorisms and jokes selected from the Pepper and Salt column of the Wall Street Journal

By Charles Preston
Chicago, IL: Rand McNally
1965
Pg. 83:
America is where a young man can start at the bottom and work his way into a hole.
Savoir Faire

13 June 1973, Waterloo (IA) Daily Courier, pg. 18, col. 1 ad:
America is where a young man can start at the bottom and work his way into a hole.
(Stop ‘n Shop markets.—ed.)

Google Books
Phillips’ Treasury of Humorous Quotations
By Bob Phillips
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
2004
Pg. 11:
America is where a young man can start at the bottom and work his way into a hole. — Wall Street Journal

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America is where a young man can start at the bottom and work his way into a hole.
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Tuesday, December 29, 2015 • Permalink