Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 02:45:53 -0400

From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: "I'm from Missouri-Show Me"--Vandiver's role

This is included to my prior postings on this topic for the sake of


In a 1911 "Show Me" article in the New York Herald, Missouri

Congressman William D. Vandiver got total credit for originating "I'm from

Missouri--Show Me!" at a dinner meeting of the House Naval Committee in

Philadelphia at the Five O'Clock Club in 1899.

I traced the phrase to the 1898 Transmississippi Fair in Omaha; a

copyrighted song followed in August 1898.

I told Gerald Cohen (Mo-Rolla) that I looked throught the Five O'Clock

Club records for 1898 and 1899, and I didn't find the dinner. I said that

my time in Philadelphia was limited that day and I didn't have time to check

1900 and 1901.

Gerald Cohen took a trip back east a few weeks ago and called to tell

me he thought the dinner was March 1898, the Five O'Clock Club's 15th

anniversary. I knew he was wrong, so I went back to Philadelphia to check it


The dinner was January 27, 1900!

The headline in the Philadelphia Inquirer for 28 January 1900, pg. 3,



Visits Big Establishments and Dines With 5 O'Clock Club." The article

briefly mentions that "Mr. Vandiver humorously referred to the hospitality of


Thus, Vandiver neither helped coin nor popularize "Show Me."

Take a history book and cross it out.