Introduction: Finding the Answer to a Library Patron's Question Regarding a Quote From Fred Allen.

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A library patron wants to know:

To whom did Fred Allen write "I have just returned from Boston. It is the only sane thing to do if you find yourself up there."

Step 1: Try Using the Columbia World of Quotations (1996) (online)

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The Columbia World of Quotations (1996) is online at http://www.bartleby.com/66. Let's try using this resource by typing in the exact quote. I'll use quotation marks to try to narrow down the results.

Step 2: The Result Looks Promising...

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Let's click on it and find out if this will tell us who Fred Allen was writing to.

Step 3: BINGO!!!!

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This result gives us the information requested:

"QUOTATION: I have just returned from Boston. It is the only thing to do if you find yourself up there.
ATTRIBUTION: Fred Allen (1894–1957), U.S. radio comic. Letter, June 12, 1953, to comedian Groucho Marx."

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