Post by Sarah Ehrett's Lesbian Love Interest
Look forward to other asshole stories. Bob Hope would be one.
My favorite Bob Hope story came from one of his writers, that Bob's office
was on the floor above the jokewriters, and Bob would fold their checks into
paper airplanes and throw them down to the writers.
Also, I heard somewhere (I think it might have been from an interview with
Ron Kovic of Born on the Fourth of July fame) that he attended one of Bob's
Christmas show performances when he was over there, and Bob was mercilessly
booed by the GI's.
Was there any explanation from anyone (the GIs) why they booed
I've never heard that story before or any other instances where
Bob and his troop was booed.
He risked his life--once he missed getting hit by a bomb from
NVM by only a few minutes to go there with his cohorts to entertain the
draftees/enlisted men who fought for absolutely nothing (exc. for special
interests and profit-making by politically-connected men, ex, LBJ/Lady Bird)
The NBC producers cut out the booing (I think Bob redubbed all his audio in
the studio after he got back) and they spliced footage from other Christmas
specials of the troops laughing at all of his stupid jokes in order to give
the impression to America that it was hunky dory over there.
I'm shocked to hear the Vietnam soldiers would boo him at all.
The soldiers should have booed the warmongers who got them into
that mess: LBJ and his Defense Department generals and other warhawks who
made gobs of money out of the hapless soldiers and taxpayers.