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 April 03, 2015
“Old skiers never die—they just go downhill”

“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 skiers never die—they just go downhill” is a jocular one-line saying that has been printed on many posters and T-shirts. The line has been cited since at least 1973; in 1975, the saying was advertised on a bumper sticker in Ski magazine.


3 April 1973, The Daily Gate City (Keokuk, IA), “One man’s opinion” by John Marion, pg. 10, col. 1:
Old skiers never die; they just go downhill!

Google Books
December 1975, Ski magazine, pg. 131, col. 3 classified ad:
OLD SKIERS NEVER DIE; they just go downhill. Bumper-stickers— 50c each. Box 11, Bedford Hills, NY 10507.

Google News Archive
20 February 1977, The Blade (Toledo, OH), “The Cold Facts,” Sunday Magazine, pg. 6, col. 1:
Old skiers never die. they just go downhill.

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February 1980, Boys’ Life, “Think & Grin,” pg. 72, col. 1:
Wise man say: “Old skiers never die, they just go down hill.” — Dale DiMauro, White Plains, N.Y.

Google News Archive
17 January 1988, Ocala (FL) Star-Banner, “Old skiers never die, they just go downhill” (AP), pg. 3C, col. 2:
“Old skiers never die,” boasted a bumper sticker seen in Colorado sky country. “They just go downhill.”

Google Books
The Complete Book of Zingers
By Croft M. Pentz
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers
1990
Pg. 226:
Old skiers never die — they just go downhill.

Google Books
Today’s Chuckle:
2500 Great One-Liners for Every Occasion

By Paul Harlan Collins
New York, NY: Perigree Books
1993
Pg. 99:
Old skiers never die . . . they just get over the hill.

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OLD SKIERS never die, but they go downhill fast

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Friday, April 03, 2015 • Permalink