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 May 21, 2019
“The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again”

"The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. American humorist Erma Bombeck (1927-1996) was quoted this in the Chicago (IL) Tribune on May 1, 1983.


Wikipedia: Erma Bombeck
Erma Louise Bombeck (née Fiste; February 21, 1927 – April 22, 1996) was an American humorist who achieved great popularity for her newspaper column that described suburban home life from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s. Bombeck also published 15 books, most of which became bestsellers. From 1965 to 1996, Erma Bombeck wrote over 4,000 newspaper columns, using broad and sometimes eloquent humor, chronicling the ordinary life of a midwestern suburban housewife. By the 1970s, her columns were read twice-weekly by 30 million readers of the 900 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.

1 May 1983, Chicago (IL) Tribune, “Replays,” magazine sec., pg. 6, col. 1:
“The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.”
Erma Bombeck

July 1983, Cosmopolitan (New York, NY), pg. 290, col. 1:
THE 10 BEST THINGS ANYBODY EVER SAID
(...)
3. The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
Erma Bombeck

Google Books
1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said
Selected and compiled by Robert Byrne
New York, NY: Fawcett Books
1988
Pg. 63:
310
The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
Erma Bombeck

Google Books
Great Sporting Wisdom:
Legendary Quotes from the World of Sport

By John Scally
London, UK: HarperCollins
1996
Pg. ?:
Heavy Breather
The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.
Erma Bombeck

29 February 1996, Indiana (PA) Gazette, “Dear Abby” syndicated advice column, pg. 10, col. 6:
YOUR CHUCKLE OF THE DAY: “The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.”—ERMA BOMBECK

Google Books
The Gigantic Book of Running Quotations
Edited by Hal Higdon
New York, NY: Skyhorse Publishing
2008
Pg. 586:
The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again. — ERMA BOMBECK

Google Books
1,001 Pearls of Runners’ Wisdom:
Advice and Inspiration for the Open Road

Edited by Bill Katovsky
New York, NY: SKyhorse Publishing
2012
Pg. ?:
The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again. —Erma Bombeck, newspaper columnist

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The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again. Erma Bombeck
10:55 AM - 25 Mar 2019

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityExercise/Running/Health Clubs • Tuesday, May 21, 2019 • Permalink