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 14, 2014
“The man who gets into a cage full of lions impresses everyone but a school-bus driver”

"The man who enters a cage of ferocious lions impresses everyone but a school bus driver” is a jocular line that tells of the difficult job of a bus driver. “The man who gets into a cage with a dozen lions impresses everyone but a school-bus driver” was cited in The Rotarian in October 1963.


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The Texas Outlook
Texas State Teachers Association
Volume 49
1945 (The Google Books date may be incorrect.—ed.)
Pg. 57:
The man who enters a cage of ferocious lions impresses everyone but a school bus driver.

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October 1963, The Rotarian, “Stripped Gears,” pg. 63, col. 2:
“The man who gets into a cage with a dozen lions impresses everyone but a school-bus driver.”—Rotary Booster, FAIRBURY, ILLINOIS.

Google Books
The Modern Handbook of Humor
By Ralph Louis Woods
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill
1967
Pg. 313:
The man who gets into a cage full of lions impresses everyone except a school-bus driver. — Rotary Booster, Fairbury, Ill.

23 March 1971, Newark (OH) Advocate, “The Light Touch” by Jim Hull, pg. 12?, col. 8 ad:
The man who steps into a cage with a dozen lions impresses everyone except a school-bus driver.
(Hull’s Sporting Goods.—ed.)

27 August 1980, The Oregonian (Portland, OR), “Today’s Chuckle,” pg. 1, col. 1:
The man who gets into a cage full of lions impress everyone except a school bus driver.

Google Books
20,000 Quips & Quotes
By Evan Esar
New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books
1995, ©1968
Pg. 186:
Everyone is in awe of the lion-tamer in a cage with half-a-dozen lions — everyone but a school bus driver.

Google Books
Phillips’ Treasury of Humorous Quotations
Edited by Bob Phillips
Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers
2004
Pg. 228:
SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS
Everyone is in awe of the lion tamer in a cage with a half-dozen lions — everyone but a school bus driver.

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“Everyone is in awe of the lion tamer in a cage with half a dozen lions—everyone but a school bus driver.”
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Friday, November 14, 2014 • Permalink