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 February 05, 2007
“This is unparalyzed in the state’s history” (Gib Lewis)

Former Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis is a Texas version of Yogi Berra and Mrs. Malaprop. Perhaps not all of the sayings attributed to him are his, but they appear on many internet web sites. “This is unparalyzed in the state’s history” is one of many popular Gib-isms.


Wikipedia: Gib Lewis
Gibson Donald “Gib” Lewis (born 1936) is a Democratic U.S. political figure from Fort Worth, Texas. He was the first person to be elected five times as Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

He was elected Speaker in 1983 to succeed Billy Wayne “Bill” Clayton of Springlake in Lamb County. He was a key figure in passing the 1984 education act, designed by Ross Perot and Democratic Governor Mark Wells White, which was hailed at the time as one of the most sweeping public education reforms in Texas history. He was instrumental in the passage of the 1985 comprehensive Texas Water Plan. An avid sportsman, Lewis carried legislation creating the “Operation Game Thief” program and was a sponsor of the Uniform Game Management Act. Lewis did not seek reelection to the House in 1992 and retired as Speaker.

Lewis was elected to the House from Tarrant County in 1970 and named chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources in 1973. He chaired the House Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs in 1977. His political career began with his election to the River Oaks City Council in 1969. Born in Oletha in Limestone County, and raised in Mexia, Lewis arrived in Fort Worth, the seat of Tarrant County, as a member of the U.S. Air Force stationed at Carswell AFB.

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Stupid Quotes from our public figures
“I want to thank each and every one of you for having extinguished yourselves this session.”
Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis

“And now, will y’all stand and be recognized?”
Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis to a group of handicapped people in wheelchairs (on Disability Day)

“I’d just make a little bit of money, I wouldn’t make a whole lot.”
Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis defending himself against the charge that he would personally profit from a bill he had introduced.

“I cannot tell you how grateful I am—I am filled with humidity.”
Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis

“I move we recess to go outside and throw up.”
Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis during a budget hearing

“We’ll run it up the flagpole and see who salutes that booger.”
Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis

“There’s a lot of uncertainty that’s not clear in my mind.”
Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis

“This is unparalyzed in the state’s history.”
Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, February 05, 2007 • Permalink