A tribute to Bob Hope - and thanks to his memories
BOB HOPE - May 29, 1903 to July 27, 2003
- ON TURNING 70 - "You still chase women, but only downhill".
- ON TURNING 80 - "That's the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing."
- ON TURNING 90 - "You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake."
- ON TURNING 100 - " I don't feel old. In fact I don't feel anything until noon . Then it's time for my nap."
- ON GIVING UP HIS EARLY CAREER, BOXING - "I ruined my hands in the ring ... the referee kept stepping on them."
- ON NEVER WINNING AN OSCAR - "Welcome to the Academy Awards or, as it's called at my home, 'Passover'."
- ON GOLF - "Golf is my profession. Show business is just to pay the green fees."
- ON PRESIDENTS - " I have performed for 12 presidents and entertained only six."
- ON WHY HE CHOSE SHOWBIZ FOR HIS CAREER - " When I was born, the doctor said to my mother, 'Congratulations. You have an eight-pound ham."
- ON RECEIVING THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL - "I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it."
- ON HIS FAMILY'S EARLY POVERTY - "Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got cold, mother threw on another brother."
- ON HIS SIX BROTHERS - "That's how I learned to dance. Waiting for the bathroom."
- ON HIS EARLY FAILURES - " I would not have had anything to eat if it wasn't for the stuff the audience threw at me."
- ON GOING TO HEAVEN - "I've done benefits for ALL religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality."