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 February 01, 2007
“Never make a speech at a country dance or a football game”

Lyndon B. Johnson’s father advised him to “never make a speech at a country dance or a football game.” It’s good Texas advice; you don’t interrupt football games!


15 July 1960, Charleston (WV) Daily Mail, pg. 2, col. 5:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP)—Vice presidential nominee Lyndon B. Johnson, looking a little bleary-eyed, wound up a victorious day at an impromptu reception for his campaign staff in the wee hours early today.

About 100 of his rooters cheered and applauded when Johnson told them he guessed everyone had reached a point where they “can’t swallow any more speeches.”

He said his father, a Texas politician, had told him “never make a speech at a country dance or a football game.”

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Thursday, February 01, 2007 • Permalink