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 14, 2013
“Too many people do weightlifting with the wrong equipment - a knife and fork”

"WISH I’D SAID THAT: Too many Americans go in for weight-lifting with the wrong equipment—a knife and fork” was in the “Earl’s Pearl’s” segment of entertainment reporter Earl Wilson’s syndicated newspaper column on October 31, 1960. Wilson did not credit anyone with the quote.

The quote was credited to American actor Hal Holbrook in a newspaper published on December 8, 1960.


31 October 1960, Boston (MA) Daily Record, “It Happened Last Night” by Earl Wilson, pg. 39, col. 3:
WISH I’D SAID THAT: Too many Americans go in for weight-lifting with the wrong equipment—a knife and fork.

8 December 1960, Deming (NM) Headlight, pg. 11, col. 6:
Too many Americans go in for weightlifting with the wrong equipment—a knife and fork.—Hal Holbrook

23 October 1975, Arizona Silver Belt (Globe, AZ), “The Light Touch” by Charley Gregg, pg. 9, col. 1 ad:
Too many people practice weightlifting with the wrong equipment—a knife and fork.
(Farmers Insurance Group—ed.)

11 February 1981, Grandview (Manitoba) Exponent, “Shooting the Breeze” by Ross Cairns, pg. 10, col. 5:
To many of us practice weightlifting with the wrong equipment—a knife and fork.

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Pg. 21:
Too many Americans go in for weightlifting with the wrong equipment — a knife and fork.

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7 June 2013, Post-Gazette (Boston, MA), “Ray Barron’s 11 O’Clock News,” pg. 12, col. 1:
Carlo Scostumato claims too many Americans go in for weightlifting with the wrong equipment—a knife and fork.

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