new old saying

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Tue Jan 20 18:43:40 UTC 2009


1972  (title of an article):  Angeline Pantages, "CSC and New York's Off-Track Betting: Pioneers Get Arrows," _Datamation_ 18, no. 9 (Sep.) 101-09.  The article ends, "And CSC [Computer Sciences Corp.] is left wincing over the adage: 'Pioneers get little but arrows in the derriere.'"

1974  Paul J. Hanbury, "Graphic Applications in Microfilm," in _Proceedings of the Twenty-Third Annual Conference and Exposition_, ed Ellen T. Meyer (Silver Spring MD: National Microfilm Association) II-101:  "Innovative techniques have a price and we were not willing to pay for it in our first phase.  I guess I have been in data processing long enough to believe an old adage that 'Pioneers get the arrows in their backs.'"


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>Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 14:36:35 -0500
>From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
>"There's an old saying," said a middle-aged chap on Fox News yesterday. "You
>can always tell the scout with the wagon train: he's the one with all the
>arrows in his back."
>1987  Douglass Adair, John Allphin Moore, Jr. & John E. Murphy  _A Grand
>Experiment: The Constitution at 200_ (Wilmington, Del. Scholarly Resources,
>Inc.) 52: Someone once said that the pioneers take the arrows.
>1989 Karl Sabbagh _Skyscraper_ (London: Macmillan) 258: To use one of
>Nusbaum's favorite maixms: "Pioneers take the arrows."
>1998 Gerald E. Poesnecker, N.D., D.C. _Chronic Fatigue Unmasked_ [
>]: As my interest in and
>treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) reaches its forty-second year it
>seems that my reputation among my fellow practitioners is changing from that
>of quack and charlatan to that of  pioneer. Of course when I mention this to
>a patient, I alway add, "You know how to tell a pioneer, don't you? He's the
>one with all the arrows in his back."
>2000 Daniel Durchholz _St. Louis Music_ (Nov. 29)
> There's an old
>saying: Pioneers take the arrows, settlers get the land.
>2001 _Spine_ XXVI (Nov. 1) 2303: He quipped that "You can always tell a
>pioneer. He's the one with all the arrows in his back."
>2007 _ZDNet_ (Sept. 5) []: Pioneers take
>the arrows....It reminds me of an old saying "The pioneers take the arrows,
>the settlers take the land."

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