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 December 22, 2014
“Creativity is intelligence having fun”

"Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun” was written by George Scialabba (Class of 1969) in Harvard Magazine in 1983. The citation was quoted in The Reader’s Digest. “That’s what creativity is — intelligence having fun” was cited in Joey Reiman’s Success, the Original Hand Book (1992). “Creativity is intelligence having fun. — Anonymous” was cited in a 1994 book.

“Imagination is intelligence having fun. –- Albert Einstein” was cited in 2007 and “Remember what Einstein said: ‘Creativity is just intelligence having fun’” was cited in 2008. There is no evidence that German-born theoretical physicist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) ever said the quotation.


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Harvard Magazine
Volumes 86-87
1983
Pg. 19:
Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.
George Scialabba ‘69 is a frequent contributor to Harvard Magazine.

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The Reader’s Digest
Volume 125, Issues 747-752
1984
Pg. 35:
Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun. — George Scialabba in Harvard Magazine

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Success, the Original Hand Book
By Joey Reiman
Atlanta, GA: Longstreet
1992
Pg. 10:
The fact is that my brain goes out to play. That’s what creativity is — intelligence having fun. And that’s what I do for a living. I think thoughts about products and people and get paid enormous amounts of money.

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Resource of Creative and Inventive Activities
By Elizabeth Rowland and Leonard Molotsky
Richardson, TX: National Inventive Thinking Association
1994
Pg. 157:
Creativity is intelligence having fun. — Anonymous

8 June 1994, Daily Sitka Sentinel (Sitka, AK), “Faculty Announced for Fine Arts Camp in Sitka,” pg. 6, col. 4:
Natalie Chomyk-Daniels is a visual artist whose favorite saying is that “Perhaps imagination — creativity is intelligence having fun.”

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Comedy Writing Secrets
By Mel Helitzer and Mark Shatz
Cincinnati, OH: Writer’s Digest Books
2005
Pg. 8:
Imagination is intelligence having fun. — George Scialabba

Intellections of a wandering mind
A few of my favourites….
June 22, 2007
(...)
Imagination is intelligence having fun. – Albert Einstein.

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Re-energizing the Corporation:
How Leaders Make Change Happen

By Jonas Ridderstrale and Mark Wilcox
San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass
2008
Pg. 118:
Remember what Einstein said: “Creativity is just intelligence having fun.”

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