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

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Entry from December 28, 2016
“Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve”

American columnist Bill Vaughan (1915-1977), writing in the column “Senator Soaper Says,” said this on December 31, 1958:

“Youth is when you are allowed to stay up late on New Year’s eve. Middle age is when you are forced to.”

The line has been frequently cited every New Year’s Eve. 


Wikipedia: William E. Vaughan
William E. ("Bill") Vaughan (October 8, 1915 – February 25, 1977) was an American columnist and author. Born in Saint Louis, Missouri, he wrote a syndicated column for the Kansas City Star from 1946 until his death in 1977. He was published in Reader’s Digest and Better Homes and Gardens under the pseudonym Burton Hillis. He attended Washington University in St. Louis.

His folksy aphorisms (published in his “Starbeams” feature) are often collected in books and on Internet sites. Bill Vaughan died at age 61 of lung cancer.

Quotations
(...)
. “Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to!”

31 December 1958, The Oregonian (Portland, OR), “Senator Soaper Says...,” pg. 10, col. 2:
Youth is when you are allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve, Middle age is when you are forced to.

4 January 1959, St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, “Satellite Sets Nice Example” by Bill Vaughan, Everyday Magazine, pg. 2, col. 8:
YOUTH IS WHEN you are allowed to stay up late on New Year’s eve. Middle age is when you are forced to.

29 December 1979, The Saturday Herald and Leader (Lexington, KY), pg. A-6, col. 5 ad:
NO KIDDING
BY Coba Craig
Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.
(Craighouse bookstore.—ed.)

30 December 1979, The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ), TV sec., pg. 5, col. 1 ad:
LOOK AT THE BRIGHT SIDE
By Jake Hannon
(AAA Mobile Home Sales, Inc.—ed.)

Google Books
Reader’s Digest Quotable Quotes:
Wit and Wisdom for All Occasions from America’s Most Popular Magazine

By Reader’s Digest Association
Pleasantville, NY: Reader’s Digest
1997
Pg. ?:
Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to.
-- BILL VAUGHAN

Google Books
Forbes
Volume 173, Issues 1-3
2004
Pg. 216:
Youth is when you’re allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you’re forced to. —BILL .VAUGHAN

Google Books
Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations
By Gyles Brandreth
New York, NY: Oxford University Press
2013
Pg. 208:
Youth is when you are allowed to stay up late on New Year’s Eve. Middle age is when you are forced to.
Bill Vaughan 1915–77 American columnist; attributed

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityTime/Weather • Wednesday, December 28, 2016 • Permalink