Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Hope's Birthday Brings Veterans' Thanks

LOS ANGELES - Bob Hope might need another century to be thanked by all the veterans who cherish the wisecracker's performances for U.S. troops. From World War II to Desert Storm, Hope swaggered fearlessly through battle zones as if strolling the back nine of a golf course. As he turns 100 on Thursday, Hope remains the only civilian named an honorary veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. The ailing comic, who spends most of his time at his Toluca Lake estate, is no longer able to communicate and was not expected to appear at any of the numerous birthday celebrations. But his centennial has many servicemen offering remembrances of the entertainer, whose signature song is "Thanks for the Memory." >>Full story...

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