Just in off the Associated Press wires...comedian Bob Hope has died at the age of 100.
"Hope's longtime publicist confirms that the comedian died at his home in Toluca Lake, California last night. He was surrounded by family members at his bedside. The publicist says the cause of death was pneumonia." (AP)
At the risk of sounding corny...thanks for the memories, Bob. You will be missed.
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One of the few people where it will be impossible to find someone saying a negative word about him. Will CNN claim to have been the first with this story since they reported his death 6 months ago on their web site?
Will the woman who left her nine infants at Shea Stadium, please pick them up. They already scored six in the first off Tom Glavine, and know more letters of the alphabet than John Franco.
Isn't hope worth 0 points in most death pools. I mean 100 points - age of deceased = points in pool in most I've seen.
Seriously, its too bad that someone who did so much for people has to eventually go.
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I hope NBC replays their "Bob hope's 100th birthday special", it was really good.
Anybody know who took Bob's spot in the USO tours? Me and the future Mrs. Freeze were discussing possible replacements for him while watching the birthday special. I'm thinking Robin Williams, David Letterman (except he already has a daily TV show to do), or Regis, but I'm not sure Regis is funny enough.
Originally posted by DJ FrostyFreezeAnybody know who took Bob's spot in the USO tours? Me and the future Mrs. Freeze were discussing possible replacements for him while watching the birthday special. I'm thinking Robin Williams, David Letterman (except he already has a daily TV show to do), or Regis, but I'm not sure Regis is funny enough.
Wayne Newton - I shit you not. They've really got their fingers on the pulse of the younger generation, don't they? (Although Robin Williams and David Letterman have both visited either Afghanistan or Iraq to entertain the troops in the last year and a half.)
And, yes, Bob Hope had some of the best *timing* in comedy history, and that's the most important quality of all. Even when his material was terribly corny, it was funny because *he* was telling it. A definite class act all the way and a rare exception to the "good ones die young" rule.
Then there is this: Death of Bob Hope By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation
Today, America mourns the loss of one of its great treasures. A gifted comedian who entertained audiences for decades with his unique talents, Bob Hope brought joy and laughter to our Nation. By tirelessly entertaining America's troops, he demonstrated his extraordinary love of country and devotion to the men and women who have served in our military.
As a mark of respect for the memory of Bob Hope, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that on the day of his interment, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset on such day. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-eighth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and twenty-eighth.
GEORGE W. BUSH
"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." - Ben Franklin, 1759
July 29, 2003 -- Dead men tell no tales - except at the New York Times.
The obituary of comedian Bob Hope, who died Sunday, carried the byline of Vincent Canby - a Times writer who has been dead himself since 2000.
If there are any mistakes, obviously don't call the writer.
In fairness, the Times Web site, which posted the story last night, did say that the writer had died in 2000.
Was it a post mortem obit? If not, was Canby able to collect a kill fee before he left?
Joe Lelyveld, the Times interim executive editor - who passes the baton to William Keller tomorrow - said it is not the first time that a writer has "predeceased the subject."
We all want to give our colleagues - and fellow working stiffs - their due, but isn't the practice a little unusual?
Usually when an editor sends someone to the morgue, he means the area where long-ago clippings are stored. "He wrote the piece and we don't take his name off it," said Lelyveld. "Notice our dead reporter did not report that Bob Hope had died Sunday."
"He wrote the piece a few years ago," said Lelyveld, "and not much has happened in Bob Hope's life since."
That ends that mystery. At least he didn't bury the lead.
Actually, Kim noticed this Monday and made sure to note it in her diaryland page. This must either be a New York thing or a publishing thing because I had no idea who Vince Canby was...or is...or was, I guess. (Also, I STILL don't!)
I stumbled on these photos from the Denver Post. They were originally published last year, on the Fall of Saigon's 35th anniversary. There is 141 of them on one page, full size. So beware if you use dialup, and keep in mind they are at times graphic.