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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

~ Tribute to a Man who DID make a Difference ~

by Tina~in_ut

May 29, 1903 - July 27, 2003

ON TURNING 70

'You still chase women, but only downhill'.


ON TURNING 80

'That's the time of your life when even your
birthday suit needs pressing.'


ON TURNING 90

'You know you're getting old when the
candles cost more than the cake.'


ON TURNING 100

' I don't feel old. In fact I don't feel anything
until noon . Then it's time for my nap.'


ON GIVING UP HIS EARLY CAREER, BOXING

'I ruined my hands in the ring . the
referee kept stepping on them.'


ON NEVER WINNING AN OSCAR

'Welcome to the Academy Awards or,
as it's called at my home, 'Passover'.'


ON GOLF

'Golf is my profession. Show business
is just to pay the green fees.'


ON PRESIDENTS

'I have performed for 12 presidents
and entertained only six.'


ON WHY HE CHOSE SHOWBIZ FOR HIS CAREER

'When I was born, the doctor said to my mother, '
Congratulations. You have an eight-pound ham'.'


ON RECEIVING THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL

'I feel very humble, but I think I have
the strength of character to fight it.'


ON HIS FAMILY'S EARLY POVERTY

'Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got
cold, mother threw on another brother.'


ON HIS SIX BROTHERS

'That's how I learned to dance.
Waiting for the bathroom.'


ON HIS EARLY FAILURES

'I would not have had anything to eat
if it wasn't for the stuff the audience threw at me.'


ON GOING TO HEAVEN

'I've done benefits for ALL religions. I'd
hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.'


18 comments:

Wanda Blevins said...

I believe that would be...ah...BAMM!!

Wanda Blevins said...

Steve Martin played here last night with his band...

The Steep Canyon Rangers..
at Rudder Auditorium... Stevie started playing with the band during a broadcast of
A Prairie Home Companion...which will be here Sept. 8 at Rudder...

I didn't go...well I am not allowed at Rudder anymore since that "basic instinct" moment when I was in the front row at a performance of "The Three Tenors"...

Luciano Pavarotti spit out his dentures...then Jose and Placido just froze....it was quite the scandal...

Bob Hope? The blog is about Bob Hope? Not Steve Martin and his banjo?

Well excuuuuuuuse meeeeee!!!

Michael said...

factoids:

In June of 2000, he was hospitalized for gastrointestinal bleeding. The next year, in August of 2001, he was hospitalized for pneumonia. He was almost completely blind, and he had great difficulty walking. Due to the many eye operations he had over the years, they were unable to form tears, so they were constantly red.

On many nights he couldn’t sleep, so he had his driver take him to a nearby Bob’s Big Boy, where he would have coffee and talk with other customers. Other than a few public appearances, he spent most of his time at home watching game shows like Jeopardy, or Wheel of Fortune.

On May 29, 2003 he celebrated his one hundredth birthday with family and friends. Said his granddaughter Miranda, “Despite his deteriorating health, he still expressed his good sense of humor, and was able to say he was still with us”. But not for long….

Bob and Do Do Hope were living his last years in their Toluca Lake home..

On Sunday, July 27, 2003, Bob died of pneumonia, with family present. According to his daughter Linda, "Dad had an amazing send-off. All of the family was together with him and he died very peacefully last night, just about 9:30. I don't think you could have asked for a more peaceful, beautiful death. And I think all the good vibes that he put out during his lifetime came back to take him up. He left us with a smile on his face and no last words. We all had our little time with him and time to say good-bye. And he just gave us each a kiss, and that was it.”


On May 27, 2009, Dolores Hope became a centenarian herself, and her birthday was featured on The Today Show, with her son saying in an ABC interview, "I think of her as love." On May 29, 2010, Mrs. Hope was quoted as saying to local press, of her 101st birthday, "I’m still recovering from my 100th birthday bash, so I’m going to keep this year’s celebration much quieter.” On May 27, 2011, she celebrated her 102nd birthday at her California residence.

sacBarb said...

Happy Wednesday Owls.

Wanda, BAM back at ya.

Michael, Thanks for the interesting facts about Mr. Hope.

Tina, We always watched Bob Hope's shows as a family, both when I was growing up and after I had my own family. We especially enjoyed him entertaining the troops. Thanks for the memories! ♪ ♪ ♪ ♥

Wanda Blevins said...

I was going thru some old photos and look what I found!

This is Sackie...Sackie Heatherton she used to call herself!

She and I were with Bob entertaining sailors on the USS Ticonderoga...this is she...I was helping a sailor with some swelling he was experiencing while she entertained....

ahhh...good times..

Tina~in_ut said...

Good Moaning~

Tina~in_ut said...

uh.....Wanda, dear....my dad was on the Ticonderoga~ ya whore~

Thanks for all the good wishes and prayers~ ....and what a sweet updater you are, Michael~ (rolling eyes)

I love Bob Hope~ Always made me laugh~

J/L~ been thinking about you~ Hope you are doing ok~

Bebbi said...

I maybe sappy but that made me cry. I love Bob Hope. Thanks for posting that Tina...such a wonderful genius he was too. :)

He did make a difference, he certainly did.

Michael: Enjoyed the facts very much too.

Hello Wanda, Michael, Barb and Tina! :) Happy Hump day!

Wanda Blevins said...
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Wanda Blevins said...

the Ticonderoga wasn't the only thing your Daddy was on!!! ha haha

and thats not what cha Daddy called me! ha hahahaha...

Yeah I remember "Hey Hey Ray Ray!"

We had this thing we called "sailing the seven seas" and your Daddy would....oh thats enough about that...

I was just crazy about seamen...still am!

Michael said...

ya know Bob Hope had his head frozen when he died....it may have been a couple of days before...yeah...like Walt Disney...

one word for you....

Cryonics!

sacBarb said...

Wanda Dear, I only wish I ever looked like that! ;)

Shirley(NCC-1701) said...

I loved watching Bob Hope! He was certainly one of a kind! Thanks Tina! How goes the recovery?

Michael said...

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I hope its good this time around...


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Lynn D said...

Afternoon Glories!

Sorry I am late but I have been watching the grandkids and also laid up as my back is trying to give me hell.

I always liked Bob Hope he was another entertainer that was a National Treasure. imho

iteach said...

I loved Bob HOpe, Great blog Tina!

Tinka said...

Tina - Thanks for the blog. I remember watching the oscars when he made the "Passover" joke.

SacBarb - Our family always watched the Christmas specials he made each year with the troops. I think Delores said one time that they hadn't spent Christmas in their own home for 30 years. The best part of the shows was the singing of "Silent Night" at the end.

Michael - Thanks for the information. I didn't know Mrs. Hope was 102. They must have been married a lot of years.

We just got back from our nightly walk. I get some fresh air but only Jack and the fur-babies get any excercise. Actually by the time we are half way home Tango is sitting in the basket and Tia is sitting on the floor board of the scooter. Tango has an excuse because her heart isn't as good as it should be but Tia has no excuse except that she thinks it's more fun than walking.

Zona said...

Hi Guys!!

TINA: I love Bob Hope's movies..they always make me laugh..I can't remember watching his specials..my parents always did though. My mom worked with a woman who was engaged to him in Cleveland..her parents would not let her marry him..they said he would never amount to anything..HA!

WANDA: I see MICHAEL let you use his BAMM today! I really like Steve Martin..saw him in concert years ago..such a wild a crazy guy! ;D

TINA: How are you feeling? I hope you're being pampered!

TINKA: You have to get Jack to take a pic of you on your scooter with Tango in the basket and Tia on the floorboard..I bet you look so cute! :)

LYNN: I hope your back feels better soon!

MICHAEL: Ok..the freezin' the head thing is just strange..ick..

Waving a wing at BEBBI, BARB, SHIRLEY and ITEACH!