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 June 21, 2015
“College Years: The only vacation a boy gets between his mother and his wife”

"College Years: The only vacation a boy gets between his mother and his wife” was a popular saying in the 1950s and was a “Daffynition” (jocular or “daffy” definition) in 1959. The saying was cited earlier, in a 1956 newspaper:

“And, by the by, you know what the College Years are, don’t you?—Why, they’re the only vacation a fellow gets between his mother and his wife.”

A similar saying was cited in print in a 1964 newspaper:

“COLLEGE. A young man’s interlude of freedom between subjection to his mother and submission to his wife.”


5 April 1956, The Sun-Standard (Blue Island, IL), “Linnea’s Line-up” by Linnea Peterson, pg. 17, col. 3:
And, by the by, you know what the College Years are, don’t you?—Why, they’re the only vacation a fellow gets between his mother and his wife.

16 June 1956, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Down to Earth” by Dr.John F. Anderson Jr., pt. 1, pg. 1, col. 1:
THE HONEYMOON is over for most of the couple who used Commencement Week to commence married bliss also. SMU saw more than one pair walk down the aisle to “Pomp and Circumstances” on one night and to “Wedding March” on the next, confirming again the fact that college is merely the vacation a man has between his mother and his wife.

1 September 1956, Kokomo (IN) Tribune, “Just Checking, Thanks!"by Marge Bancroft, pg. 5, col. 7:
Who said college years are the only vacation a boy gets between his mother and his wife?

29 November 1959, Seattle (WA) Times, “Daffynitions” by Paul H. Gilbert, pg. 22, col. 3:
COLLEGE YEARS: The only vacation a boy gets between his mother and his wife.

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18 March 1964, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, pg. 1, col. 4:
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COLLEGE
A young man’s interlude of freedom between subjection to his mother and submission to his wife.

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13 March 1965, Daytona Beach (FL) Morning Journal, “Lopez Lowdown” by Dan Hogan and Jim Grubiak, pg. 19, col. 2:
TYPICALLY CORNY JOKE OF THE WEEK: College Years: The only vacation a boy gets between his mother and his wife.

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College is the only vacation a boy gets between his mother and his wife.

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College is the interlude of freedom a young man has between subjection to his mother and submission to his wife.

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Sunday, June 21, 2015 • Permalink