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 October 27, 2015
“The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist invents the parachute”

Entry in progress—B.P.
English novelist Glabys Bronwyn Stern or G. B. Stern (1890-1973) Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

7 September 1967, Scottsdale (AZ) Progress, “Here and there,” pg. 9, col. 8:
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.

17 October 1967, Bluefield (WV) Daily Telegraph, “The Press Box” by Stubby Currence, pg. 12, col. 1:
Both optimists and pessimists have contributed to our society. The optimist invented the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.

13 July 1974, The Dubois County Daily Herald (Jasper, IN), pg. 1, right masthead:
An optimist invented the airplane; a pessimist the parachute.

26 June 1975, Dallas (TX) Morning News, Earl Wilson entertainment column, pg. 3D, col. 5:
REMEMBERED QUOTE: “The optimist and the pessimist both contribute to society. The optimist invents the airplane, the pessimist invents the parachute.”—Mack McGinnis.

4 November 1979, The Sunday Courier and Press (Evansville, IN), “Scram-lets,” pg. 11B, col. 4:
SATURDAY SCRAMLETS ANSWER
Both optimist and pessimist have a place in our society. The optimist invents the airplane, the pessimist invents airplane INSURANCE.

20 September 1979, (Mason, TX), pg. 8, col. 5 ad:
Both optimist and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute. —Gil Stern
(Lutheran Mutual Life.—ed.)

Google Books
A Treasury of Days:
365 Thoughts on the Art of Living

By Dee Danner Barwick
Norwalk, CT: C.R. Gibson
1983
Pg. 45:
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.
GIL STERN

Google Books
Laughing Matters:
Humour in the Language Classroom

By Peter Medgyes
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
2002
Pg. ?:
An optimist invented the aeroplane; a pessimist invented the seat belts. (Anon.)

Google Books
Women Know Everything!
By Karen Weekes
Philadelphia, PA: QUirk Books
2007
Pg. ?:
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.
—GLADYS BRONWYN STERN (1890–1973) •ENGLISH WRITER

Google Books
$500,000 Worth of Inspiring Quotations for Our Times
By Web Augustine
Zinfandel Publishing (ZinfandelPublishing.com)
2011
Pg. 182:
“Both optimists and pessimsits contribute to our society. The optimist invents the airplane and the pessimist the parachute.”
G. B. Stern, British novelist

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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Tuesday, October 27, 2015 • Permalink