"How am I doing?"
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Bapopik at AOL.COM
Tue Nov 8 17:23:05 UTC 2005
This signature line of former NYC mayor Ed Koch was popular in the early
1930s. I'm adding it to my web page (maybe Fred has it in his quotations book),
so anything extra will be appreciated.
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The Washington Post (1877-1954). Washington, D.C.: Jan 17, 1932. p. A2 (1
prominent in the "How Am I Doing?" skit that forms an amusing part of Loew's
"Lights and Shadows" revue, at the Palace.
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Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963). Chicago, Ill.: Jul 10, 1932. p. F4 (1
Ivio Anderson sings some real blues songs at the Lincoln Tavern on Dempster
road. Backed by Duke Ellington's great band she's featured in three numbers
tonight. "Minnie, the Moocher," "How Am I Doin'" and "It Don't Mean a Thing If
It Ain't Got the Swing."
_STARS HAVE VARIOUS METHODS OF GREETING_
Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File). Los Angeles, Calif.: Dec 4, 1932. p.
B9 (1 page) :
Clark Gable's greeting is "How'm I doing?" usually to the consternation of
employees prepared to kotow to him as a star.
How Am I Doing (_1934_ (http://www.imdb.com/Sections/Years/1934) )
_'How'm I Doing?' He Asks; First Words in Six Years_
Chicago Daily Tribune (1872-1963). Chicago, Ill.: Feb 2, 1935. p. 1 (1 page)
_BEAME'S SCENARIO: HOW TO BEAT BELLA_
By Maurice Carroll. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Jun
26, 1977. p. 179 (2 pages) :
U.S. Representative Edward Koch tried four years ago to handshake his way to
the mayoralty the same way he has patrolled the subway stops and streets of
his Congressional District on Manhattan's East Side. One spring morning in
1973, he traveled to the far reaches of Queens to press pamphlets into the hands
of people waiting for express buses, introduce himself and ask, "How am I
doing?" Those who responded said, somewhat bemusedly, that he was doing all
right. But, in fact, he had run out of money, and that afternoon, he dropped out
of the campaign.
_Mayoral Hopefuls in Light Mood As They Enter the Home Stretch_
By CAREY WINFREY. New York Times (1857-Current file). New York, N.Y.: Sep 8,
1977. p. 46 (1 page) :
"How'm I doin;?" Mr. Koch asked citizens as he jaywalked toward the rally.
"How'm I doin'? Have I got your vote?"
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