May 29, 2010

Sounds of Saturday: Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Bob Hope, one of my all-time favorites. If you don't know him, you should.

It's so appropriate that his birthday falls on Memorial Day weekend. Bob Hope was a lifelong supporter of the troops, and spent more than 60 years working with the USO traveling around the world and into war zones up to the Gulf War to entertain them. Call him the forerunner to Gary Sinise. Below I've listed both his bio dealing with his service to the troops and a list of awards he received over the years, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Whenever Bob Hope comes to mind, so does this song. It's pretty much his theme song. In this scene he has run into his Ex at a bar and they are reminiscing. It's a bittersweet song about the life - and death - of a relationship. There are good times and bad times, but in the end, even if the relationship doesn't last, you can be thankful for the memories.


Recommended viewing:

Any of the "Road to ____" movies with Bing Crosby.

Five times Bob was honored by the United States Congress. But, in October 1997, Bob received one of his greatest tributes when Resolution 75 was unanimously passed by members of both houses making him an Honorary Veteran - the first individual so honored in the history of the United States. He was feted in the US Capitol Rotunda by members of congress, military personnel and veterans. The next day, Bob, family and friends were guests in the oval office for the signing of the resolution by President Clinton

Bob's next visit to Washington, D.C. was in May 2000 when he officially opened the Bob Hope Gallery of American Enterainment at the Library of Congress. In July 2001, the 'Pentagon' (US Army Adjutant General Corps) paid a visit to Bob Hope's home in Toluca Lake, California for the presentation of the Order of Horatio Gates Gold Medal for his life-long contributions toward maintaining the high morale of soldiers around the world. And on his 99th birthday, May 29, 2002; The Chapel at the Los Angeles National Cemetery was named The Bob Hope Veterans Chapel.

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5 comments:

  1. Bob Hope truly is a hero to the Armed Services. Such a legend.
    May we all bring such passion and commitment to our lives.

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  3. He was such a class act. They just don't make em like they used to!

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  4. Oh I love Bob Hope! I had no idea that was his birthday! Thanks for sharing!

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