Okay, I promise, my two absolutely last words on Bob Hope (I can’t help it, I’m a pop culture maven). The entertaining TVParty has a feature story on Bob’s TV career, which points out how he managed to avoid burning out in the medium like his contemporaries did by only appearing in “specials,” instead of weekly sitcoms or variety shows, never more than once a month. And that through the 70s and 80s, despite replacing his joke-writing staff in an effort to shake things up, the only notable attempt and becoming “more contemporary” was to replace Joey Heatherton with Loni Anderson then Brooke Shields. Last Christmas season one of Chicago’s public TV stantions ran a 1950 Bob Hope Christmas special it just happened to have, and the skits, jokes and show order were almost exactly the same as they were 30 years later. (But in order to remain Fair and Balanced, I wanna point out that even if his “politcal” humor was more blunted than blunt, he was doing it on the radio and in his live shows at a time when the only other “topical” humor was Fred Allan interviewing Senator Claghorn about his opinions on National Fire Safety Week.
PS, TVParty also has–at this writing–a piece about the great Daws Butler’s voice work on cereal commercials, with Real Player movies from his demo reel! See Pixie & Dixie and Mr. Jinx don Beatle wigs to sing about Kellogg’s Raisin Bran! See Hokey Wolf disguide himself to steal Corn Flakes from Yogi Bear (and what is the deal with cartoon commercials in which characters steal cereal from each other?!). And best of all, early Cap’n Crunch and Quisp and Quake commercials!
Okay, the other thing is that some of the editorial cartoon memorials also showed an army field helmet hung on a microphone stand, in imitation of a fallen soldier being marked with his rifle stuck into ground. That’s well, and good, but a few months earlier, these same cartoonists showed a helmet hung on a large drawing pen in tribute to Bill Mauldin. Pat, I’d like to buy a new idea!