Big Antedating of "Different Strokes for Different Folks"

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed May 27 16:00:04 UTC 2009

The earliest previously known occurrence of this saying is 1966 by Muhammad Ali, also found by me.

1945 _Philadelphia Tribune_ [African-American newspaper] 19 May 5 (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)  Yes, I realize that "times have changed" and that, as a jitterbug friend told me the other day, "one has different strokes for different folks."

Fred Shapiro
Associate Librarian for Collections and Access
Lillian Goldman Law Library
Yale Law School

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