Date: Mon, 9 Sep 1996 01:35:18 -0400
From: "Barry A. Popik" Bapopik[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: "WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST!"
Who can forget when the Titanic went down? Gosh, I remember it like it
was last week!
And that phrase, that AWFUL phrase--"Women and children first!"
Neil Simon played it perfectly in his musical LITTLE ME: "Women and
children first!" (_grabbing a person's dress and wig_) "Captain! Have you
Actually, the phrase did NOT originate with the Titanic, nor its film A
NIGHT TO REMEMBER. It was used (first?) in Prudential Insurance ads--before
the Rock. This is from Leslie's Weekly, 16 July 1896, pg. 46. A captain is
"Women and Children First!"
When a Ship is wrecked at sea, women and children have the first care.
It should be the same on shore--in life--always protect the family against
want with reliable Life Insurance...The Prudential insures the whole family.
Children, Women and Men from ages 1 to 70.
You also hear this phrase at the breakfast table, everywhere! I want to
marry a feminist! We'll go on a honeymoon cruise....