[Ads-l] Quote: As a cure for worrying, work is better than whisky (Request ProQuest Cosmopolitan 1929)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 5 17:58:35 EDT 2016

During 2016 ProQuest is launching a database called "Women's Magazines
Archive 2" which will include "Cosmopolitan". I am hoping someone has
access to this database and is willing to acquire and share scans of
the article listed below. (Alternatively, someone might be willing to
create scans from paper or microfilm.)

I have been asked to trace a quotation about work and whiskey
attributed to Thomas Edison, and I believe it first appeared in an
interview published in "Cosmopolitan". Here is the information I have
pieced together.

Date: March 1929 (most likely date)
Periodical: Hearst's International Combined with Cosmopolitan
Article: Edison (title apparently includes the name "Edison")
Author: Allan L. Benson
Start Page 83, Quote Page 83
Database: Google Books Snippet; Data may be inaccurate

[Begin excerpt]
"But I have always found, when I was worrying, that the best thing to
do was to put my mind upon something, work hard and forget what was
troubling me. As a cure for worrying, work is better than whisky. Much
[End excerpt]

The key lead pointing to the interview in "Cosmopolitan" was a passage
printed in "The Detroit Free Press" in February 1929. Note that the
March "Cosmopolitan" was circulating by late February.

[ref] 1929 February 16, The Detroit Free Press, Magazines, Quote Page
11, Column 5, Detroit, Michigan. (Newspapers_com)[/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
Allan L. Benson, who has been interviewing Edison for 20 years, tells
of his last and most interesting interview, in the March Cosmopolitan.
The gods were with him he says for he caught the great inventor in a
mood of relaxation. Edison talks on happiness, education and hobbies.
As a sure cure for worry he says that work is much better than whisky.
[End except]


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