Thursday, October 04, 2007

People I would Like to buy a Beer in Heaven

Bob Hope. I don't know if Leslie Townsend Hope was a beer drinker, but I sure would like to buy him a tall cold one. Several, if he would keep telling jokes.

He was born in England on May 29th, 1903 and was once qouted as saying he left as soon as he found out that he had no chance to be king. His mother moved from England to Cleveland, Ohio and young Bob (as he came to be called) started in show business at the tender age of fifteen. It was either that or go back to plucking chickens in his brother's butcher shop. After years of honing his craft in vaudeville, he moved to radio in 1938 with "The Bob Hope Pepsodent Show". From there things just rolled along for Bob. Movies, T.V., and his ever touring show for the USO.
On September 11th, 1963 he recieved his Congressional Gold Medal. He won five special Oscar's for his humanitarian work and the USO Headquarters is named after him.

So here's to Bob! Raise your glass high and salute a true patriot. God bless you sir, and Thanks For The Memories.

Dedicated to the best father-in-law a man could ask for.



  1. He had the best timing of anybody I ever heard. Johnny Carson once called him the greatest, and that is high praise.

  2. Too true. At one time I scoffed him because he didn't write all of his own jokes, but then I tried to be funny day after day and I hired a staff too. His were talented, timely, funny, and well paid. Mine were all of that, except the paid well department, and they stuck around for the first month or two and kept all the good jokes for themselves. They were a grand bunch, but each went on to their own blog and have written better ever since. I like to think I inspired them and made them better writers, but that simply isn't the truth, but a boy can dream can't he?


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