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 September 27, 2015
“We are launching this innovation for the first time”

New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker (1881-1946), who served from 1926 to 1932, is infrequently quoted for saying, “We are launching this innovation for the first time.” The alleged quote does not show up in the archives of The New York Times or in other databases.

“Innovation” and “for the first time” are terms with the same meaning.


Wikipedia: Jimmy Walker
James John Walker, often known as Jimmy Walker and colloquially as Beau James (June 19, 1881 – November 18, 1946), was Mayor of New York City from 1926 to 1932. A flamboyant politician, he was a liberal Democrat and part of the powerful Tammany Hall machine. During a corruption scandal he was forced to resign.

Google Books
Freedom and Union
Volumes 21-22
1966
Pg. 33:
Along this line, a former president of the borough of Staten Island in New York City once told a lawyer of the New York Citizens Union that he was living in an Eiffel Tower, and the late Jimmy Walker, when he was Mayor of New York, told a cheering mob that “We’re launching this innovation for the first time.”

Google Books
776 Stupidest Things Ever Said
By Ross Petras and Kathryn Petras
New York, NY: Broadway Books
2001
Pg. 96:
We are launching this innovation for the fist time.
New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker

Google Books
The Mammoth Book of Comic Quotes
By Geoff Tibballs
London: Constable & Robinson Ltd.
2004
Pg. ?:
We are launching this innovation for the first time.
JIMMY WALKER

Google Books
Absurdities, Scandals & Stupidities in Politics
By Hakeem Shittu and Callie Query
Lulu.com
2006
Pg. 115:
We are launching this innovation for the first time. — New York City Mayor Jimmy Walker. 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Sunday, September 27, 2015 • Permalink