A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 19, 2020
“Why is nostalgia like grammar?"/"We find the present tense and the past perfect.”

"Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson. You find the present tense and the past perfect.—Robert Orben” was printed in the Family Weekly weekend newspaper supplement on July 5, 1974. Robert Orben is an American professional comedy writer. The saying is frequently credited (in the 2000s) to radio buff Owens Lee Pomeroy (1929-2008), but he did not originate this saying.

“Why is nostalgia like grammar? We find the present tense and the past perfect” was posted on Reddit—Jokes on August 17, 2020.


Wikipedia: Robert Orben
Robert Orben (born March 4, 1927) is an American professional comedy writer, although he also worked as a magician. He has written multiple books on comedy, mostly collections of gags and “one-liners” originally written for his newsletter, Orben’s Current Comedy, and has also written books for magicians.

Newspapers.com
5 July 1974, Independent (Gallup, NM), “Quips & Quotes,” Family Weekly, pg. 18, col. 2:
Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson. You find the present tense and the past perfect.
-- Robert Orben

Google Books
The Reader’s Digest
Volume 106
1975
Pg. 159:
Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson. You find the present tense and the past perfect. - Orben’s Comedy Fillers

Twitter
Cedar Creek
@NEWAExperience
Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson:  you find the present tense, but the past perfect!  ~Owens Lee Pomeroy
11:41 PM · Feb 24, 2009·Twitter Web Client

Google Books
The Past Is a Foreign Country – Revisited
By David Lowenthal
New York, NY: Cambridge University Press
2015
Pg. 31:
Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson. You find the present tense, but the past perfect.2
2 Attributed to radio historian Owens Lee Pomeroy or speechwriter Robert Orben.

Twitter
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Reddit—Jokes
Posted by u/Harpieez August 17, 2020
Why is nostalgia like grammar?
We find the present tense and the past perfect

Twitter
Dad Jokes
@Dadsaysjokes
Why is nostalgia like grammar?
We find the present tense and the past perfect.
4:02 PM · Aug 17, 2020·Twitter for iPhone

LaffGaff
Nostalgia And Grammar
August 19, 2020 by laffgaff
Why is nostalgia like grammar?
We find the present tense and the past perfect.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Wednesday, August 19, 2020 • Permalink