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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Monday, January 4, 2016

The King of American Comedy

Today we step back in time to the days of radio, before the age of television. This is the time when the voices were heard without the distractions of skimpy costumes or lack there of. Emphasis was on sound, the words, where a keen ear was all that was needed in order to enjoy the entertainment. The theme was soft lights and sweet music. Laughter was inevitable.

January 4, 1935 - Bob Hope was heard for the first time on network radio as part of "The Intimate Revue."
Born as Leslie Townes Hope in 1903, Bob Hope reigned as the king of American comedy for decades. Hope was a British-born American entertainer and comic actor, known for his rapid-fire delivery of jokes and for his success in virtually ALL entertainment media. He appeared in the early days on stage in Vaudeville shows and Broadway productions. In 1934 he began performing on radio and then, ventured into television as it became popular in the 1950s. Regular TV specials ensued in 1954 with Hope hosting the Academy Awards fourteen times from 1941 to 1978. His movie career also overlapped his television appearances spanning the years from 1934 to 1972. To sum up his career, by the time he died in 2003 at age 100, Bob Hope had conquered vaudeville, Broadway, recordings, live concerts, radio, films and, from its infancy, TV, where he remained a welcome presence into his 90s.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/celebrities/article3847364.html#storylink=cpy

Celebrated for his long career performing United Service Organizations (USO) shows to entertain active service American military personnel, Bob Hope was declared an honorary veteran of the United States Armed Forces in 1997 by act of the U.S. Congress. He made 57 tours for the USO between 1941 and 1991.

Bob Hope, KBE, KCSG, KSS, (born Leslie Townes Hope)
May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003