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 March 31, 2017
“Old cooks never die, they just get deranged”

“Old soldiers never die—they just fade away” is an old saying that was popularized by General Douglas MacArthur (1880-1964) in his farewell address to Congress on April 19, 1951. Many parodies of the saying have been made.

“Old cooks never die, they just get deranged” is a variation about cooks that has been cited in print since at least 1991.


19 December 1964, Wassau (WI) Daily Record-Herald, “Walkin’ & Talkin’,” pg. 14, col. 2:
Or, as Dunkin’ Hinds says, “Old cooks never die; they just fry away.”

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Old cooks never die, they just get deranged.

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OLD COOKS never die, they just get deranged

13 November 2002, Sault Star (Sault Ste. Marie, ON), Fred Loader column, pg. B5:
On a T-Shirt: “Old cooks never die, they’re just de-ranged.”

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Stop Me If You’ve Heard It!:
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By Soupy Sales
Lanham, MD: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Inc.
2003
Pg. 109:
Old cooks never die, they just get deranged.

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By Lucy Blackman
Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, Inc.
2005
Pg. ?:
Old cooks never die, they just get deranged.

2 April 2009, Taos (NM) News, “Overheard and Unconfirmed” by Rick Romancito, pg. TE41:
Old cooks never die, they just get de-ranged.

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Old cooks never die, they just get deranged.
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Old cooks never die, they just get deranged.  #funnystuff #funnystuff
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Friday, March 31, 2017 • Permalink