"close, but no cigar" antedated (1929)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Jan 18 14:58:45 UTC 2013

The Princeton Alumni Weekly v.29 no. 36, July 2, 1929, p. 1166 col. 2
[about a class reunion]

The long distance trophy, an appropriately inscribed silver cigarette case, was awarded to Em Gooch who had made the trip from Lincoln, Neb. for the occasion. Several other members came close, but no cigar.....

Stephen Goranson


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