another 1964 "the whole nine yards"?

Garson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jul 25 18:59:34 UTC 2011

Stephen Goranson wrote:
> Previously, Sam Clements found a syndicated newspaper article about NASA slang by Stephen Trumbull (sometimes misspelled Trumbell} published on various April 1964 dates. It includes: "'Give 'em the whole nine yards' means an item-by-item report on any project." (The earliest known published idiomatic use of "the whole nine yards" is from 1962.)
> Currently, Google Books returns for the search "the whole nine yards"--but not for the search "give * the whole nine yards"--a 1964 book, given here in its WorldCat listing:
> Aerospace pilot /
> Charles Ira Coombs
> 1964
> English Book Book : Juvenile audience 224 p. : ill., photos ; 22 cm.
> New York : Morrow,
> I have entered an interlibrary loan request, but if anyone else cares to look it up (WorldCat lists 122 libraries),
> feel free.

Amazon has pictures of the book Aerospace Pilot (1964) by Charles
Coombs including the dust jacket which is sometimes removed by
libraries. The text on the back cover is readable but it does not
contain "whole nine yards."

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