Date: Wed, 25 Sep 1996 15:08:46 -0400

From: Joe Claro Joeclaro[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM

Subject: Re: Chinese Fire Drill

Although I have no doubt that the earliest quotation of "Chinese fire drill"

is from 1961, that doesn't date the phrase accurately. We used it as

teenagers hanging around the candy store in the middle 50s.