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 02, 2015
“People couldn’t start a conversation if the weather didn’t change”

A common observation is that, without the weather, people would have nothing to talk about. “How would people start a conversation if it were not for the weather?” was cited in 1912.

Frank McKinney “Kin” Hubbard (1868-1930) famously wrote in his “Abe Martin” comic strip in February 1914:

“Don’t knock th’ weather. Nine-tenths o’ th’ people couldn’ start a conversation if it didn’ change once in a while.”


Wikiquote: Kin Hubbard
Frank McKinney Hubbard (1 September 1868 - 26 December 1930) was an American cartoonist, humorist, and journalist.

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Don’t knock th’ weather. Nine-tenths o’ th’ people couldn’ start a conversation if it didn’ change once in a while.
. Abe Martin’s Primer : The Collected Writings of Abe Martin and his Brown County, Indiana, Neighbors (1914).

1 February 1912, Milford (IN) Mail, pg. ?:
How would people start a conversation if it were not for the weather.

18 February 1914, The Public Press (New Albany, IN), pg. 5, cols. 1-2:
Abe Martin’s Philosophy
INDIANAPOLIS NEWS
(...)
Don’t knock th’ weather. Nine-tenths o* th’ people couldn’ start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.

28 March 1914, The Evening Star (Washington, DC), “Abe Martin Says,” pt. 1, pg. 3, col. 8:
Don’t knock th’ weather. Nine-tenths o’ th’ people couldn’ start a conversation if it didn’ change now an’ then.

Google Books
Abe Martin’s Primer:
The Collected Writings of Abe Martin and His Brown County, Indiana, Neighbors

By Kin Hubbard
Indianapolis, IN: A. Martin
1914
Pg. ?:
Don’t knock th’ weather. Nine-tenths o’ th’ people couldn’ start a conversation if it didn’ change once in a while.

Google Books
The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations
By Robert Andrews
New York, NY: Columbia University Press
1989
Pg. 317:
Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.
Kin (F. McKinney) Hubbard (1868-1930)
American humorist, journalist

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“Don’t knock the weather; nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation if it didn’t change once in a while.” - Kin Hubbard
10:06 PM - 28 Feb 2015

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • Monday, March 02, 2015 • Permalink