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 November 30, 2006
“The Big OD” & Slowdeatha (Odessa nicknames)

The city of Odessa has the nicknames “The Big OD” (overdose?) and Slowdeatha. Neither is an official city nickname, of course.


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April 06, 2006 9:39 PM
It (Abilene—ed.) isn’t very “western” in comparison to Odessa (Slowdeatha-the Big OD-I love the nicknames cities, and their rival neighboring cities, give each other) or Midland, but a trip to the museums and Old Settlers Grounds at Buffalo Gap, the original county seat, is an awesome step back in time.

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I’m from The big OD (odessa, texas) but I just moved to Burleson which is like 10 minutes south of Fort Worth.

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From:  boy brent
Date:  Fri, Aug 27 1993 9:56 pm

(Mick Washbrook) writes:
>Can anybody give me any idea as to what Odessa, Texas is like?
>Thanks.

i’ll give you a hint.  The locals call it Slowdeatha.

In the Exxon Corporation it used to be a watchword that if you fucked up, they fired you, but if you __really__ fucked up, they sent you to Odessa.

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From:  jamiem1013
Date:  Fri, Jun 16 2000 2:00 am

Well, I was born and raised in Odessa, or Slowdeatha as I used to call it. 

Posted by Barry Popik
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