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 November 14, 2015
“A filibuster is a long speech about nothing by an authority on the subject”

"A filibuster is a long speech about nothing by an authority on the subject” is a jocular definition of the filibuster. The definition was given in the “Comic Dictionary” feature of several 1955 newspapers.


20 April 1955, Dallas (TX) Morning News, sec. 1, pg. 1, col. 3:
DALLAS DEFINITION: Filibuster—A long speech about nothing by an authority on the subjects.—LORRIE BROOKS.

31 May 1955,Daily Independent Journal (San Rafael, CA), pg. 1, col. 4:
COMIC DICTIONARY
FILIBUSTER
A long speech about nothing by an authority on the subject.

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Pg. 128:
A filibuster is a long speech about nothing by an authority on the subject.

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A filibuster is a long speech about nothing by an authority on the subject.

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“A filibuster is a speech about nothing
made by a guy who knows all about it.” - Adolphe Menjou
12:23 PM - 17 Nov 2014

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Saturday, November 14, 2015 • Permalink