[Ads-l] Heard: "It was impossible to get a conversation going ...

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Wed Sep 23 19:58:17 UTC 2015


Interesting.  But I was quoting that as one of only many that will appear out of the woodwork* following The Yogi's demise.  And have to be tracked down and/or refuted deja vu all over again.  :-)

* Ash, of course.

Joel

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Joel and all: Google Books contains a snippet match for an instance of
the saying attributed to Yogi Berra in Time magazine. Strangely, I
cannot obtain a match in the online Time magazine archive.
Nevertheless, there is a full text match in the EBSCO Academic Search
Premier.

Date: April 29, 1985
Periodical: Time
Volume 125, Issue 17
Article: People: On the Record by Richard Lacayo

[Begin text]
On the Record

Yogi Berra, 59, on a State Department dinner he attended: "You
couldn't keep a conversation going at all. Everybody was talking too
much."
[End text]

There are some later newspaper matches. The phrasing evolved. It was
mentioned by George Bush I.

LH mentioned the "too crowded, nobody goes there" quotation.

A 1989 newspaper commentator cast doubt on the "conversation"
quotation because it was "suspiciously like" the "too crowded"
quotation.

Garson


On Wed, Sep 23, 2015 at 1:36 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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> The interviewee didn't go on to the "too crowded" saying, but the two are c=
> ertainly consistent!=C2=A0 Just another challenge to the quote verifiers --=
>  was it the same restaurant?
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> JSB
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>> everybody was talking too much."
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> Was that taking place in the restaurant that's too crowded, so nobody goes =
> there anymore?
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> LH
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>> I predict there will be many challenges to the quote verifiers during the=
>  coming days.
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>> A Yogan.
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