A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from May 18, 2011
“The trouble with staying home from work is that you have to drink coffee on your own time”

"The trouble with staying home from work is that you have to drink coffee on your own time” was credited in January 1962 to Harold Coffin (1905-1981). Coffin was a humorist who wrote “Coffin’s Needle” for the Associated Press for 13 years, retiring in 1975.


New York (NY) Times
HAROLD COFFIN
AP
Published: September 18, 1981
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 17— Harold Coffin, a former humor columnist for The Associated Press, died Saturday of a heart attack in Capitola, a small town near Santa Cruz, south of San Francisco.

He was 76 years old.

Mr. Coffin retired from The Associated Press in 1975 after writing “Coffin’s Needle” for 13 years.

15 January 1962, Fort Pierce (FL) News Tribune, “Grins and Grits,” pg. 4, col. 1:
The trouble with staying home from work is that you have to drink coffee on your own time.
-- Harold Coffin.

16 August 1962, Deming (NM) Headlight, “Plain Talk” by Wendell Faught, pg. 1, col. 1:
‘The trouble with staying home from work,” writes Lloyd S. Walters of the Mountain Home (Idaho) News, “is that you have to drink coffee on your own time.”

18 July 1977, Salt Lake Tribune (Salt Lake City, UT), pg. 1, col. 3:
Today’s Chuckle
The worst thing about retirement is having to drink coffee on your own time.

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The Winning Manager:
Leadership skills for greater innovation, quality, and employee commitment

By Julius E. Eitington
Houston, TX: Gulf Pub. Co.
1997
Pg. 165:
And a standard quip among the retired has it that “The worst thing about retirement is having to drink coffee on your own time.”

The Notes:
Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of Stories and Wisdom

By Ronald Reagan
Edited by Douglas Brinkley
New York, NY: HarperCollins
2011
Pg. 203:
The trouble with staying home from work is that you have to drink coffee on your own time.

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