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 January 15, 2011
“Never eat more than you can lift”

Entry in progress—B.P.

Wikipedia: Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy is a Muppet character who was primarily played by Frank Oz on The Muppet Show. In 2001, Eric Jacobson began performing the role, although Oz did not officially retire until 2002.

She was voiced by Laurie O’Brien in and Hal Rayle in Jim Henson’s Little Muppet Monsters.

History
Miss Piggy began as a minor character in ,i>The Muppet Show TV series modelled on Gemma Schofield, but gradually developed into one of the central characters of the show. She is a hairy pig who is convinced she is destined for stardom, and nothing is going to stand in her way. She presents a public face which is the essence of feminine charm, but can instantly fly into a violent rage whenever she thinks she has been insulted or thwarted. Kermit the Frog has learned this all too well; since he is the usual target for her karate chops. When she isn’t sending him flying through the air, she is often smothering him in (usually unwanted) kisses.

The first known appearance of Miss Piggy was on the Herb Alpert TV special, Herb Alpert and the TJB, broadcast on October 13, 1974, on ABC. Miss Piggy’s voice was noticeably more demure and soft, as her agent gets her an audition with Herb singing “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love”.

The first draft of the puppet was a blonde, beady-eyed pig who appeared briefly in the 1975 pilot special, Muppet Show: Sex and Violence, in a sketch called, “Return to Beneath the Planet of the Pigs.” She was unnamed in that show, but by the time The Muppet Show began in 1976, she was recognizably Miss Piggy – sporting large blue eyes, wearing a flowing white gown, and jumping on Kermit, the love of her life.

Miss Piggy soon developed into a major character, as the Muppet creators recognized that a lovelorn pig could be more than a one-note running gag. Frank Oz has said that while Fozzie Bear is a two-dimensional character, and Animal has no dimensions, Miss Piggy is one of the few Muppets to be fully realized in three dimensions. She spawned a huge fad during the late 1970s and early 1980s and eclipsed Kermit and the other Muppets in popularity, selling far more merchandise and writing a book that, unlike any of Kermit’s books, wound up on top of the New York Times Bestseller List.

Google Books
7 October 1982, Charleston (SC) News and Courier, “Wish I’d Said That” by Joan Beck, pg. 14A, col. 5:
“Never eat mroe than you can lift.”
(Miss Piggy)

OCLC WorldCat record
Never eat more than you can lift, and other food quotes and quips : 1,500 notable quotables about edibles and potables
Author: Sharon Tyler Herbst
Publisher: New York : Broadway Books, ©1997.
Edition/Format:  Book : English : 1st ed

Posted by Barry Popik
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