[Ads-l] Pre-1988 "dead pool"?

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Sat Jan 16 17:09:11 UTC 2016

Wikipedia notes "death pool" as a variant. A Google Books search for 
"death pool" brings up this 1916 attestation:

      High Speed - Page 287

Clinton Holland Stagg 
- 1916 - ‎Read 
- ‎More editions 
Death Pool/, and with them had gone the fool spectators who had been in 
the way; the men who would kill the game as they had killed the drivers 
who had swerved to save them. Mighty good thing they didn't get a share 
of the /Death Pool/ ...

On 1/16/2016 12:01 PM, Neal Whitman wrote:
> The most recent spate of celebrity deaths got me thinking about "dead 
> pools," as written about, for example, in this article:
> “You Bet Their Life” by Evan Forster New York Magazine Sep 22, 1997, p.20
> https://books.google.com/books?id=2ugCAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PA20&dq=%22dead%20pool%22&pg=PA20#v=onepage&q=%22dead%20pool%22&f=false
> The earliest attestations of "dead pool" in Google Books, ProQuest, 
> and NewsBank are all from 1988, referring to Clint Eastwood's final 
> Dirty Harry movie "The Dead Pool," screenplay by Buddy Van Horn. I'm 
> wondering if van Horn coined the phrase, or heard it and used it. (The 
> Marvel character Deadpool, soon to have his own movie, was created in 
> 1991.) Antedatings are welcome!
> Neal 

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