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 October 18, 2015
“If you drink like a fish, swim—don’t drive”

"If you drink like a fish, swim—don’t drive” is a popular bumper sticker. “If you drink like a fish, don’t drive. swim” was cited in print in July 1959 and credited to Chicago Air Cop Leonard Baldy.

New York City-born comedian Joe E. Lewis (1902-1971) told an audience in January 1960, “If you drink like a fish—swim—don’t drive.” However, there is no evidence that Lewis said this first.


Google Books
The Reader’s Digest
Volume 74
1959
Pg. 24:
Patter: If you drink like a fish, swim — don’t drive.

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
2 July 1959, Mexico (NY) Independent, pg. 5, cols. 3-4:
IF YOU DRINK LIKE A FISH
DON’T DRIVE**SWIM!!!

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
22 July 1959, The Times-Index (Cohocton, NY), “Local Happenings,” pg. >, col. 1:
If you drink like a fish, don’t drive. swim.—Chicago Air Cop Leonard Baldy.

13 August 1959, Greensboro (NC) Record, “Whole And Half Notes” by John Ademy, pg. A6, col. 2:
Now that little gem for the week: If you drink like a fish—swim—don’t drive.

18 August 1959, The Daily Messenger (Canandaigua, NY), “Comments,” pg. 4, col. 6:
If you drink like a fish, don’t drive, swim!—Chicago Air Cop Leonard Baldy.

23 January 1960, Rockford (IL) Register-Republic, “It Happened Last Night: Upside-Down Life Of Joe E. Lewis” by Earl Wilson, pg. 10 B, col. 9:
Joe E. also has a word of advice for audiences: “If you drink like a fish—swim—don’t drive.”

Google News Archive
11 February 1960, The Times (Brownsville, OR), pg. 7, col. 5:
If you drink like a fish, don’t drive, swim!—Leonard Baldy

Google Books
14,000 Quips & Quotes:
For Speakers, Writers, Editors, Preachers, and Teachers

By E. C. McKenzie
Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House
1990, ©1980
Pg. 143:
If you drink like a fish, swim. Don’t drive.

Google Books
The Fifth and Far fFner Than the First Four 637 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
Chosen and arranged by Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Fawcett Columbine
1993
Pg. ?:
133
If you drink like a fish, swim, don’t drive.
Bumper sticker

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“If you drink like a fish, don’t drive… swim.” Joe E. Lewis
3:32 PM - 5 Sep 2015

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New York CityTransportation • Sunday, October 18, 2015 • Permalink