The Buck Stops Here

Sam Clements SClements at NEO.RR.COM
Sat Oct 25 01:57:07 UTC 2008

We've already traced it to 1942.  Not Truman.

To further tie it to the military, Newspaper Archive now has three 1942 cites, all military, all describing the sign on a desk of three different officers. Capt.  Spencer Z. Hilliard,  26 April 1942. 1st Lt. Joseph A. Dooley.  23 May 1942.  Col. A.B. Warfield.  1 October 1942.  Already noted by Fred Shapiro.

Sam Clements

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