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 28, 2016
“May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions”

"May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions” is a saying that has been printed on many images. Syndicated newspaper entertainment columnist Earl Wilson (1907-1987) wrote in January 1964:

“WISH I’D SAID THAT: A fellow proposed this toast for ‘64: ‘May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.’”

Wilson wrote in a column in January 1972:

“Today’s Best Laugh: Arnold Glasow proposed a toast: ‘May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.’”

It’s probable that Arnold Glasow (1905-1998) originated the toast. Glasow was known for his witty sayings that he provided to publications, and all of them were original. Brooklyn-born comedian Joey Adams (1911-1999) has been credited with the line since the 1980s, but he did not author it.


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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.

8 January 1964, Dallas (TX) Morning News “It Happened Last Night” by Earl Wilson, sec. 4, pg. 14, col. 2:
WISH I’D SAID THAT: A fellow proposed this toast for ‘64: “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.”

27 December 1964, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Tower Ticker” by Herb Lyon, sec. 1, pg. 22, col. 6:
And Bill [Magikist] Gage proposes the first toast of 1965: “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!”

4 January 1965, The State (Columbia, SC), “At Large” by Bob Talbert, pg. B1, col. 1:
The most delightful New Year’s toast I heard: “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.”

7 January 1972, Hartford (CT) Courant, “Visiting Rabbit Unseen by Millions” by Earl Wilson, pg. 12, col. 7:
Today’s Best Laugh: Arnold Glasow proposed a toast: “May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.”

30 December 1983, Los Angeles (CA) Times, “Peter’s Almanac” by Laurence J. Peter, pt. 5, pg. 8, col. 5:
Peter’s New Year Toast: May your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.

Google Books
The Reader’s Digest
Volume 130
1987
Pg. 221:
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions. — Quoted by Joey Adams

Google Books
Forbes Book of Quotations:
10,000 Thoughts on the Business of Life

Edited by Ted Goodman
New York, NY: Hachette Books
2016
Pg. ?:
May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions.
Joey Adams

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • Wednesday, December 28, 2016 • Permalink