The following entry can be found in The Oxford Dictionary of
Quotations (Elizabeth Knowles, Ed. 5th Ed. New York: Oxford
University Press, 1999), p. 224:
"I don't care what you say about me, as long as you say something
about me, and as long as you spell my name right.
to a newspaperman who wanted some information about Broadway Jones in
John McCabe George M. Cohan (1973)"
The word "something" in the quotation is in italics.
The same information, apparently from The Oxford Dictionary of Modern
Quotations, is provided on these two pages:
"Re: Help--John De Lorean (?) quote", message by Jo Ann Malina in
"The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations" [under entry for George
M. Cohan] [Note: This page is very long and takes a long time to load]
Electronic Library of Fund Koap
Perhaps George M. Cohan was at least half-serious when emphasizing
that his name should be spelled right. It is likely that his name was
misspelled "Cohen" by some writers. (If you search for "George M.
Cohen" on Google, you'll see that some writers make this mistake
Indeed, there is a story, which may or may not be true, that a hotel
was mistakenly informed that his name was "Cohen", and told him that
the hotel did not allow Jews. Cohan supposedly responded along these
lines: "You thought I was Jewish and I thought you were American. We
were both wrong." This quotation or something like it is found on a
few pages, including this one:
"Re: Question: Pepsi One", message by Mary Elizabeth in
In any event, I hope that this information is helpful.
Browsed index of The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations until I found the
entry for Cohan under the word "say".
Searched on Google, Google Groups, and Ixquick for:
cohan "say something about me"
"george m cohan" cohen jewish