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 July 05, 2016
“Who stopped payment on my reality check?”

"Who stopped payment on my reality check?"is a jocular line that has been printed on T-shirts, posters and an ecard. “OK, who stopped payment on my reality check?” has been cited in print since at least 1997.


13 February 1997, Detroit (MI) Free Press, “Tigers finally help fan’s fantasy come true” by Bob Talbert, pg. 7F, col. 1:
“OK, who stopped payment on my reality check?”

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By Wayne Rice
Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan
1999
Pg. 164:
Okay, who stopped payment on my reality check?

Google News Archive
9 July 1999, The Argus-Press (Owosso, MI), “Words of Wisdom: You can’t beat a bumper sticker,” pg. 4, col. 1:
OK, who stopped payment on my reality check?

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Conspiracies
By F. Paul Wilson
New York, NY: A Tor Book
2000
Pg. 190:
“I mean, talk to any one of them for five minutes and you know that someone has stopped payment on their reality check.”

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He Who Laughs, Lasts
By Anson R. Nash, Jr.
Xulon Press (Xulonpress.com)
2004
Pg. 39:
Who stopped payment on my reality check?

Twitter
Twila Marie
‏@twila_zoned
Okay, who put a stop payment on my reality check?
11:07 PM - 22 May 2007

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ElisabethHendrickson
‏@testobsessed
A sign in an office I visited today: “OK, who stopped payment on my reality check?”
2:14 PM - 25 Jan 2008

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityBanking/Finance/Insurance • Tuesday, July 05, 2016 • Permalink