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. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

Recent entries:
“Well-behaved women rarely make history. Or decent margaritas” (8/13)
“Well-behaved women rarely ever make history. Or a decent soufflé” (8/13)
“Hot sauce is just sexy ketchup” (8/13)
Entry in progress—BP (8/13)
“I don’t use my blinkers because it’s nobody’s business where I’m going” (8/13)
More new entries...

A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z


Entry from September 03, 2019
“You can’t outrun a Motorola”

“No matter how fast your car is, you can’t outrun a police radio” is a law enforcement saying. “You can’t outrun a Motorola” (Motorola is a popular brand of police radio) is a version of the saying.

“You can’t outrun a Motorola (radio)” was printed in the Hanford (CA) Sentinel on March 26, 1979. “We’ve got to get off this road. They’ve called ahead by now and you can’t outrun a Motorola” was said by the character Elwood Blues in the movie Blues Brothers 2000 (1998).


26 March 1979, Hanford (CA) Sentinel, “High Speed Training Pays Off for CHP Officers (UPI), pg. 2, cols. 3-4:
“You can’t outrun a Motorola (radio),” said (CHP sergeant Wes—ed.) Anderson, noting instances when a motorist eludes the patrol are “very rare” and usually occur on crowded city streets.

14 November 1980, Tulare (CA) Advance-Register, “Tulare’s shrinking police car is a gutless wonder” by Wayne Welch, pg. 16, col. 4:
So however much soup a fleeing suspect might have under the hood, he can’t, as the saying goes, outrun a Motorola.

13 September 1983, The Daily Register (Red Bank, NJ), “Cops in Shrewsbury forced to slow down,” pg. A3, col. 1:
One borough resident pointed out that while a police car going 40 miles per hour may not be able to conduct a high speed chase, “nobody can outrun a Motorola radio.”

27 May 1991, Casper (WY) Star-Tribune, “Letters,” pg. A9, col. 2:
No one can create a car that can outrun a Motorola two-way radio.
(Ray Johnson, Laramie.—ed.)

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
Blues Brothers 2000 (1998)
Quotes

Elwood Blues: We’ve got to get off this road. They’ve called ahead by now and you can’t outrun a Motorola.

Twitter
Rory
@MrRory
Can’t outrun a Motorola… especially when there’s one in the sky
3:05 AM · Apr 18, 2009·Twitter Web Client

The Drive
Never, Ever Try to Outrun the Law
Elwood Blues was right: you can’t outrun a police radio, or a helicopter.

BY JUSTIN HUGHES MAY 31, 2017
During a car chase scene in the much-maligned Blues Brothers 2000, Elwood Blues drops a gold nugget of wisdom: “You can’t outrun a Motorola.” Though numerous companies make two-way police radios, Elwood’s point remains true: it is impossible to outrun a radio, because radio waves travel at the speed of light. You may easily ditch the officer behind you, but there will be more police waiting for you up the road when he radios ahead. Between radios and helicopters, there’s pretty much no way you’re going to escape. It’s not worth running and putting yourself, and others, at risk.

Twitter
FartingDuck
@FartingDuck
Replying to @RyanFoerster1 and @rcmpmb
Back in the day we had a saying. “You cant outrun a Motorola.”
7:06 PM · Apr 23, 2018·Twitter Web App

Twitter
Steve Greenwood
@SteveGr44878761
Replying to @TrooperBenKHP and @Ricphyl
Duh! The old saying, “son, you can’t outrun a Motorola”!
12:41 PM · Feb 21, 2019·Twitter for iPhone

Twitter
Pama Mapa
@PamaMapa423
Replying to @TruBluWarriors
When will the idiots learn you cannot outrun a Motorola!
2:32 PM · Jul 6, 2019·Twitter for Android

Twitter
Rick Henry
@rickhenry1775
Replying to @akjc77 and @TheMarkPantano
The police ALWAYS win in end. A Glock or AR-15 can’t outrun a Motorola ... and infinite backup. So even trying to stop the “bad guys” from having guns (by denying them from the rest of us) is futile and pointless.
But the point actually is ... to disarm us honest folk.
9:56 PM · Aug 9, 2019·Twitter Web App

Posted by Barry Popik
Tuesday, September 03, 2019 • Permalink