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Bob Hope Laid To Rest [Thanks for the Memories, Bob]
CBSNEWS ^ | Friday, August 1, 2003

Posted on 08/01/2003 1:19:30 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

(AP) Bob Hope was buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery Wednesday following a private funeral Mass. The service -- attended by about 100 family members and close friends -- at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, a few blocks west of the Hope Toluca Lake estate, was held at 6:30 a.m., police Sgt. Tony Carranza said. There were no details about the Mass, which was a closely guarded family secret. Continues.

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Thanks for the Memories, Bob

Bob Hope, legendary comedian, virtuoso entertainer, superstar of radio, film and television, King of the one-liners, hero to servicemen, friend of Presidents, honored citizen, genuine American patriot, died late Sunday. But try telling Bob Hope that. 'Me, dead? No way. It's just a little change in location,' he'd insist. He was home in Toluca Lake, Calif., his beloved family at his bedside, when the Lord called him home. Hope had hit the 'Big 100' two months ago.

"Today America lost a great citizen," said President Bush Monday. "We mourn the passing of Bob Hope. Bob Hope made us laugh. He lifted our spirits."

I don't know how many miles Heaven is from Earth, but I have a hunch it's nowhere near the sweeping distances the dean of comedy traveled tirelessly during decades bringing joy and laughter to servicemen in far-flung bases around the globe. Whether in a jungle, on an airstrip, in a field hospital, or on the deck of an aircraft carrier, it didn't seem to matter: Bob Hope, whose 70-year career earned him scores of awards, would make you laugh. The boost his U.S.O. road show, which began in 1941, brought to troop morale was immeasurable. Bob Hope, whose uncompromising optimism and buoyancy proved infectious, brought cheers and delight, joy and good spirits to millions of servicemen. He loved the troops and the troops loved him -- every bit as much.

"Bob Hope served our nation when he went to battlefields to entertain thousands of troops from different regions," Bush said movingly.

U.S.O. President, Edward A. Powell, put it this way: "Bob Hope came to symbolize, for every man and woman in uniform, the idea that America cared for and supported its troops."

Bob Hope, his energy and drive during those U.S.O. tours enough to power a fleet of aircraft carriers, embodied the very best that is America, his adopted country (his parents brought him here from England at age 4). He was gregarious, easygoing, self-effacing, many times poking fun at himself. "I want to tell you, I was built like an athlete once -- big chest, hard stomach. Of course, that's all behind me now," he joked. Warm, big-hearted, always considerate, he bonded with people so easily. His was truly a pull-oneself-up-by-one's-own-bootstrap life story. The son of a British stonemason father, he helped mom and pop make ends meet every way he could -- from selling newspapers to working at a meat market.

Later, after a boxing stint and a college semester, he found his true calling in life: Entertainment. Show business. He never looked back.

From vaudeville he catapulted to national fame in 1938, with his wildly popular weekly radio series, "The Bob Hope Pepsodent Show," featuring the song, 'Thanks for the Memory,' from his motion picture debut that year, "The Big Broadcast of 1938." The ballad later became the theme song of his career. Teaming up with Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour for the "Road" pictures series, Bob Hope became a star of the screen.

Many motion pictures later, including the '39 hit, "Cat and the Canary," in the 50s it was on to the 'small screen,' hosting the variety series, "Chesterfield Sound Off Time," two years later, "The Colgate Comedy Hour," and 10 years later, the "Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre."

I could go on, but why should I? Bob Hope was such a household name, hey, chances are you already know all this stuff anyway (wink, wink).

Oh, one last thought. On a clear, quiet night, listen closely, very closely, and you'll hear, if ever so faintly, somewhere in the distance, the sounds of cheering crowds, whistles and boisterous applause, and some wise-cracking guy doing some monologue comedy routine. Not a soul in sight, though. No, you're not going bonkers. It's the new Bob Hope show, bringing cheers and delight to millions of good spirits in Heaven. I guess Heaven isn't really far from earth after all.

Bob, God had great plans for ya. And Thanks for the Memories!

My two cents..
"JohnHuang2"



TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bobhope; funeral; hope; mass; nixon; reagan; sanfernando
Friday, August 1, 2003

Quote of the Day by CedarDave

1 posted on 08/01/2003 1:19:30 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: xm177e2; mercy; Wait4Truth; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; buffyt; ladyinred; Angel; ..
Have a great weekend, y'all. Please pray for our troops.
2 posted on 08/01/2003 1:39:37 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
<< Bob Hope, his energy and drive during those U.S.O. tours enough to power a fleet of aircraft carriers, embodied the very best that is America, his adopted country. [His parents brought him here from England at age 4] >>

Or so rumor has it.

Bob, of course insisted he left England of his own volition.

[And who could blame him]

The instant he learned they weren't gunna let him be king!

Love and fellowship, Brother Juan!

[All my favorite Americans are volunteers -- we NEVER have to ask ourselves why we're here!]

3 posted on 08/01/2003 4:29:35 AM PDT by Brian Allen ( Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: JohnHuang2
Thankyou John..
4 posted on 08/01/2003 4:37:58 AM PDT by The Mayor (Vote democrat, they have all it takes to take away all you have..)
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To: JohnHuang2; Luis Gonzalez
Many FReepers thought it was appropriate that Celia Cruz had her coffin draped with the flag of the country in which she was born (Cuba), rather than the flag of the country where she spent most of her life (America).

I was just wondering if they also think Bob Hope should have been carried to rest under the Union Jack?

5 posted on 08/01/2003 4:55:11 AM PDT by snopercod
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To: JohnHuang2
You forgot to add he was married to the same woman for over 50 years.
No small feat for Hollyweird
6 posted on 08/01/2003 5:01:05 AM PDT by apackof2
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To: snopercod
Celia Cruz was a crusader for a free Cuba. So she was buried with a Cuban flag. She planned to return to her native country when it was free. It's unclear if she became a US citizen...

Bob Hope was a crusader for the US Soldier. He became a US Citizen as a child.So he was buried with a US flag...

so what's your problem?
7 posted on 08/01/2003 5:09:20 AM PDT by LadyDoc
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To: LadyDoc
I just thought a tip-of-the hat to the country that saved her life and made her career would have been thoughtful, that's all. A small American flag displayed somewhere, perhaps?

I guess it bothers me when I see people glorify their countries of origin and ignore the country in which they prospered.

I have a friend like that. We worked together for a number of years, and socialized frequently. I never though of him in racial terms, although he was clearly hispanic - I thought of him as a friend, period.

I moved away many years ago, but I was shocked to see the photos he sent of his 25th wedding anniversary. He was in full Mexican regalia with the big sombrero and everything. I had never thought of him as a Mexican, but I guess that's how he thinks of himself. I wonder if he thinks of me as just another gringo.

I need to re-read Ayn Rand's essay The Balkanazation of America, I think. All this racism is becoming discouraging.

8 posted on 08/01/2003 5:26:28 AM PDT by snopercod
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To: LadyDoc
How do you like it when a doctor, through exceptional skill and daring - drawing on all her years of study and discipline, saves a life only to have the family say, "Thank God!"?
9 posted on 08/01/2003 5:46:53 AM PDT by snopercod
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To: LadyDoc
Bob Hope was a crusader for the US Soldier.

Indeed he was, and he will be sorely missed. I wonder if we'll ever see anyone follow in his footsteps.

10 posted on 08/01/2003 5:53:51 AM PDT by Coop (God bless our troops!)
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To: snopercod
"I was just wondering if they also think Bob Hope should have been carried to rest under the Union Jack?"

I'm just wondering why you think you have any input on the decision.

11 posted on 08/01/2003 6:22:28 AM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (You are either with us, or you are against us.)
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To: snopercod
"I just thought a tip-of-the hat to the country that saved her life and made her career would have been thoughtful, that's all."

Actually, I don't think you've given it any thought at all, and you are just taking issue over the display of the Cuban flag.

Celia's entire life was about being grateful to America, she was a staunch Republican who many, many times spoke about her gratitude to this country.

She thanked the US every day of her life, quit fixating on her dying wishes.

12 posted on 08/01/2003 6:25:43 AM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (You are either with us, or you are against us.)
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To: snopercod
"All this racism is becoming discouraging."

Is it racism when Americans of Italian descent celebrate Columbus Day and fly the Italian flag?

Is it racism when Americans of Irish descent celebrate St. Patrick's Day, fly the Irish flag, and eat traditional Irish foods?

Is it racism when Americans of Chinese descent celebrate the Chinese New Year?

Is Oktoberfest a display of racism?

Maybe, you should quit looking at pride in one's heritage as being "racism".

13 posted on 08/01/2003 6:30:55 AM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (You are either with us, or you are against us.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Excellent, John ! Thanks.

Thanks for the memories Bob Hope !! Rest in peace . . .

I don't know how many miles Heaven is from Earth, but I have a hunch it's nowhere near the sweeping distances the dean of comedy traveled tirelessly during decades bringing joy and laughter to servicemen in far-flung bases around the globe. Whether in a jungle, on an airstrip, in a field hospital, or on the deck of an aircraft carrier, it didn't seem to matter: Bob Hope, whose 70-year career earned him scores of awards, would make you laugh. The boost his U.S.O. road show, which began in 1941, brought to troop morale was immeasurable. Bob Hope, whose uncompromising optimism and buoyancy proved infectious, brought cheers and delight, joy and good spirits to millions of servicemen. He loved the troops and the troops loved him -- every bit as much.


14 posted on 08/01/2003 7:28:03 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Coming Soon !: Freeper site on Comcast. Found the URL. Gotta fix it now.)
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To: yall

Bob Hope w/President Reagan & Nancy 1985

15 posted on 08/01/2003 7:28:46 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Coming Soon !: Freeper site on Comcast. Found the URL. Gotta fix it now.)
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To: yall

Bob Hope w/Red Skelton & Johnnie Carson

16 posted on 08/01/2003 7:29:02 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Coming Soon !: Freeper site on Comcast. Found the URL. Gotta fix it now.)
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To: yall

Bob Hope w/Richard Nixon 1969

17 posted on 08/01/2003 7:29:21 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Dixie Chimps! / Coming Soon !: Freeper site on Comcast. Found the URL. Gotta fix it now.)
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To: JohnHuang2
Great piece.
18 posted on 08/01/2003 9:37:43 AM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (You are either with us, or you are against us.)
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To: JohnHuang2
What a beautiful tribute! Indeed, I continue to pray for our troops. And it is comforting to know there is new citizen in heaven also looking after them. Hugs!!!
19 posted on 08/01/2003 9:55:00 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Luis Gonzalez
I want to apologize to you and the forum for bringing an arguement from one thread to another in violation of the rules.
20 posted on 08/01/2003 10:49:19 AM PDT by snopercod
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To: snopercod
No apologies needed my friend.

If we can't feel passionate about our beliefs, what's the use of having them?

Question everything.

Regards.
21 posted on 08/01/2003 11:58:26 AM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (You are either with us, or you are against us.)
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