Bob Hope: Thanks for The Memory

At 87, BOB HOPE recalls six decades of suitcase showmanship, talks about the world leaders he's known and rates the latest batch of comics

Q. You've traveled a million miles entertaining 10 million American troops, landed in planes without engines, endured every kind of hardship, including bomb attacks. Why did you do it?

A. You get hooked on it. In May of 1941 they asked me to do a show at an Air Force base in Riverside, Calif. I said, "What for?" I'd never done a show like that. So we go to March Field. Now this audience was sensational!

I said, "How long has this been going on?" It was so exciting. We booked every base in California. In December war was declared --...

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