Bob Hope Stories

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Inrepparttar late 30s, Hope made fun of veterans on his radio show. Performing at army bases was a way to bring up ratings. Then came World War II with Hope and a number of other stars recruited byrepparttar 124156 government for a war bond selling, victory caravan tour. Unlike many ofrepparttar 124157 pampered celebrities who complained aboutrepparttar 124158 cramped quarters on their shared train,repparttar 124159 ex-vaudevillian Hope was exhilarated byrepparttar 124160 travel. It was no problem for him to go overseas to entertainrepparttar 124161 troops.

At first Hope found America's homesick young fighting men to berepparttar 124162 easiest audience he ever faced. Jokes that would die inrepparttar 124163 states would get uproarious laughter fromrepparttar 124164 troops. Inrepparttar 124165 beginning Hope stayed out of combat areas, but then he reasoned that those in actual battles needed himrepparttar 124166 most. Hope became addicted torepparttar 124167 torepparttar 124168 danger of flying in planes that might get shot down or performing in places that had recently been attacked. But he was greatly moved byrepparttar 124169 injuries he saw in hospital wards, and quietly help set up several ofrepparttar 124170 soldiers he met in their own businesses afterrepparttar 124171 war ended. Later he could not understandrepparttar 124172 Vietnam situation, getting in trouble when he repeatedly suggested we should bombrepparttar 124173 enemy into submission. Hope's love forrepparttar 124174 troops stayed constant, even in Nam when they booed him.

Hope got along great with allrepparttar 124175 Presidents he met, whether he agreed with them or not. He once said that Roosevelt laughed so hard at his jokes he almost voted democratic. He loved tellingrepparttar 124176 story about a marine in World War II who was disappointed that he had not killed a Japanese soldier. Atrepparttar 124177 edge of a jungle he tried to smoke them out, by shouting," To hell with Hirohito!" It worked, a Japanese soldier came out and shouted," To hell with Roosevelt!" Butrepparttar 124178 marine lowered his weapon," Darn it, I can't shoot a fellow Republican."

Author/Narrator Stephen Schochet researched Hollywood and Disney stories and lore for 10 years while giving tours of Hollywood. He had the unique idea the stories could be told anywhere and that's what led him to create the audiobooks "Fascinating Walt Disney" and "Tales Of Hollywood". The Saint Louis Post Dispatch says," These two elaborate productions are exceptionally entertaining." Realaudio samples can be heard at his website

Walt Disney's Horror Movie

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pressed forward relentlessly for three years. The key torepparttar film, as far as Disney was concerned wasrepparttar 124155 evil queen/peddler woman. Snow White was sympathetic,repparttar 124156 dwarfs were humorous, butrepparttar 124157 villain had to be horrifying to keeprepparttar 124158 audience interested. The vocals were performed by a renowned stage actress named Lucille Laverne. Her haughty voice was a great fit asrepparttar 124159 queen, but her playing ofrepparttar 124160 character after she transformed intorepparttar 124161 old crone had some atrepparttar 124162 studio worried. "Wait, I have an idea", she said. She leftrepparttar 124163 recording room for a few minutes then returned. "I'm ready". She delivered her lines in a way that chilled and thrilledrepparttar 124164 Disney staff. After she finished there was applause and she was asked what she did when she left. She smiled and said," I took my teeth out!"

Walt's calculations were correct, Snow White and Seven Dwarfs was a hit throughoutrepparttar 124165 entire world in 1938 and for many years beyond, keeping audiences riveted. The only down side for Walt was that mayberepparttar 124166 peddler woman was a little too horrifying, he was disturbed by reports from Radio City Music Hall in New York whererepparttar 124167 film was setting box office records. It turned out that every few daysrepparttar 124168 theater management had to replace seats. . . due to excessive wetness.

Stephen Schochet is the author and narrator of the audiobooks "Fascinating Walt Disney" and "Tales Of Hollywood". The Saint Louis Post Dispatch says," these two elaborate productions are exceptionally entertaining." Hear realaudio samples of these great, unique gifts at

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