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 01, 2008
Naked Roaches (Nacogdoches nickname)

The city of Nacogdoches is an old Texas city (it’s advertised as “the oldest town in Texas”) with a funny name. In 1912, a vaudeville-touring Groucho Marx declared that “Nacogdoches is full of roaches.”

The nickname “Naked roaches” (or “Nakedroaches") has been used since at least 1992.


Wikipedia: Nacogdoches
Nacogdoches (pronounced /ˌnækəˈdoʊtʃɪs/) is a city in Nacogdoches County, Texas, in the United States. The 2000 census recorded the city’s population to be 29,914, while in 2007 it was estimated to have reached 32,006. It is the county seat of Nacogdoches County and is situated in East Texas. Nacogdoches is a sister city of Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Nacogdoches made international headlines in February 2003, after receiving much of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster debris.

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Date: 9 Sep 92 13:58:56 CST
Local: Wed, Sep 9 1992 3:58 pm
Subject: scorpion info needed & available

i’ve been studying scorps since 1974, avidly since 1978, but i’m now just a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin State Univ., Nacogdoches, (naked roaches) Texas (finally).

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Date: 9 Jun 93 19:23:01 CST
Local: Wed, Jun 9 1993 9:23 pm
Subject: Re: More Badfinger stuff/ WB

my only problem with that is that where i live there are virtually NO import type connections, and i can’t afford Goldmine or the drive to Bill’s in Dallas/Plano or Infinite Records in Houston ( i live in little ol’ Nacogdoches [or naca-nowhere, nasty-dog-cheese, naked-roaches]),

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What’s in Nakedroaches that you can’t find in Lockhart

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