[PW] What is the original source of the quote "a little from column A and a little from column B"?

Claire fromClare clairefromclare at gmail.com
Wed Jan 10 02:09:55 PST 2018


...and with six, you get egg roll.  

I suspect we’re all of an age to remember when Chinese food seemed exotic. 

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> On Jan 10, 2018, at 12:08 AM, Donna Halper <dlh at donnahalper.com> wrote:
> 
>> On 1/9/2018 11:20 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
>> Thanks to John Cowan, John Baker, and Dana Dalrymple for their
>> responses. Researcher Barry Popik found an instance alluding to a
>> Chinese restaurant menu in 1958 that was mentioned by popular
>> columnist Earl Wilson. A couple years earlier another columnist
>> ascribed the quip to Borscht Belt comic Buddy Hackett:
> 
> For what it's worth, I find a 1959 cartoon by Arnold Roth, "Poor Arnold's Almanac" (Oakland Tribune, 12 July 1959) in which he uses the phrase "one from column A and one from column B" to discuss how ice cream flavors evolved and became popular; he has various characters from history, beginning with Nero, who supposedly are fans of ice cream. For example, Nero likes snow, flavored with fruit juice. Next, a colonial version of Howard Johnson imagines 28 flavors of snow.  But Marco Polo has a breakthrough-- he brings back some variations on flavors of ice cream after he visits China-- chocolate, vanilla, wonton and egg roll flavors, and people can pick one from column A and one from column B.  So, evidently by 1959, this phrase was well-known in popular culture.
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