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 26, 2015
“I know I’m drinking myself to a slow death, but then I’m in no hurry”

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikiquote: Robert Benchley
Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) was an American humorist, critic and actor.
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So who’s in a hurry?
. To a friend who had told him that his particular drink was slow poison, as quoted in Robert Benchley (1955) by Nathaniel Benchley, ch. 1.

Google Books
American Journal of Psychotherapy
1958
Pg. 124:
SLOW DEATH
Psychiatrist: “Your drinking is a slow suicide.”
Patient: “I’m in no hurry.”

Google Books
The Time of Laughter
By Corey Ford
Boston, MA: Little, Brown
1967
Pg. 164:
“Do you know that drinking is slow death?” “So who’s in a hurry?” Benchley asked, stirring a Martini contentedly.

Google Books
Dorothy Parker:
What Fresh Hell Is This?

By Marion Meade
New York, NY: Villard Books
1988
Pg. 321:
“Bob,” Scott Fitzgerald said after he had gone on the wagon, “don’t you know that drinking is slow death?”

Benchley had a ready answer. “So who’s in a hurry?”

Google Books
Wit
BY Des MacHale
Kansas City, MO: Andrews McMeel Pub.
2003
Pg. 26:
I know I’m drinking myself to a slow death, but I’m in no hurry. — ROBERT BENCHLEY

Twitter
Roz Russell
‏@rrussellauthor
I know I’m drinking myself to a slow death, but then I’m in no hurry.
Robert Benchley
7:31 PM - 6 Jun 2015
Albuquerque, NM

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