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 August 06, 2012
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that an airplane takes off against wind”

“The Country Parson” comic strip, by Frank A. Clark, from September 6, 1955, said:

“When everything seems to be goin’ against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

The saying has become popular since the 1980s, almost always credited to the American auto maker Henry Ford (1863-1947). There is no evidence that Ford ever said it.


6 September 1955, Greensboro (NC) Record, “Country Parson” comic strip, pg. A2, col. 5:
“When everything seems to be goin’ against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.”

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Pg. 229:
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. —Henry Ford

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Edited by Steven D. Price
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When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. — Henry Ford

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When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
Henry Ford

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • (0) Comments • Monday, August 06, 2012 • Permalink