30 Posts of enCOURAGEment Post 5


Born Leslie Townes______

Lived to be 100

English born moved to USA with family at age 5.

In 1996 the US Congress declared him the “first and only honorary veteran of the US Armed Forces.”

Had a career spanning 60 years, appearing in over 70 films and shorts.

According to Wikipedia was awarded over two thousand honors and awards, including 54 honorary doctorates.

Was awarded five honorary awards by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science.

In her short story An Ambassador of Hope, Christine Dallman remarks “there was never a more aptly named entertainer than Bob Hope.”  He entertained troops in every war from World War II to the Gulf War.  While some did not care for him and his beliefs about war, many esteemed him for his tireless visits to military bases worldwide.

Hope had a deep respect for the men and women of the military. He worked hard to bring encouragement to them wherever they were Bob-Hope-Frances-Langford-USO-Show-Ponam-Is.-30-Aug.-1944-Official-Navy-Photo-located.  One soldier recalled that when Hope came to the small base at Pensacola, Florida he held nothing back.  “He showed up with a full-scale production.  There was a 100-foot stage, a full orchestra, a band, everything.  It was a complete traveling show, and it was big.”

history0016_1950sWhether in a small or large venue, Hope brought encouragement, and lots of it.  For a brief moment in time he made a difficult situation easier for US soldiers. They were able to forget about everything for a little while and enjoy the show.bob-hope-06

Until next time….Leslie Rose K

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I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.  -Bob Hope

If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.   -Bob Hope

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Brenda on March 22, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    I remember Bob Hope well and I loved him! I wish we still had comedy like that today, and I wish we had more entertainers that would entertain our soldiers today. They could use some time to forget for a little while and just laugh.


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