NO. R-169.  House concurrent resolution honoring the American comedian extraordinaire Bob Hope on his centennial birthday.

(H.C.R.109)

Offered by:  Representatives Koch of Barre Town, Adams of Hartland, Allaire of Rutland City, Audette of South Burlington, Bailey of Hyde Park, Baker of West Rutland, Bartlett of Dover, Bohi of Hartford, Bolduc of Barton, Bostic of St. Johnsbury, Botzow of Pownal, Branagan of Georgia, Brennan of Colchester, Brown of Walden, Carey of Chester, Clark of St. Johnsbury, Clark of Vergennes, Connell of Warren, Corcoran of Bennington, Crawford of Burke, Crowley of West Rutland, Dakin of Colchester, Darrow of Dummerston, DePoy of Rutland City, Donaghy of Poultney, Donahue of Northfield, Donovan of Burlington, Duffy of Rutland City, Dunsmore of Georgia, Endres of Milton, Errecart of Shelburne, Flory of Pittsford, French of Randolph, Gervais of Enosburg, Grad of Moretown, Gray of Barre Town, Haas of Rutland City, Hall of Newport City, Head of South Burlington, Heath of Westford, Helm of Castleton, Houston of Ferrisburgh, Howrigan of Fairfield, Hube of Londonderry, Hudson of Lyndon, Hunt of Essex, Jewett of Ripton, Johnson of South Hero, Johnson of Canaan, Kainen of Hartford, Kennedy of Chelsea, Keogh of Burlington, Ketchum of Bethel, Kilmartin of Newport City, Kirker of Essex, Kiss of Burlington, Kitzmiller of Montpelier, Krawczyk, A. of Bennington, Krawczyk, J. of Bennington, Larocque of Barnet, Larrabee of Danville, Larson of Burlington, LaVoie of Swanton, Livingston of Manchester, Marek of Newfane, Marron of Stowe, Martin of Springfield, Masland of Thetford, Mazur of South Burlington, McAllister of Highgate, McCullough of Williston, Miller of Elmore, Molloy of Arlington, Monti of Barre City, Morrissey of Bennington, Myers of Essex, Nease of Johnson, Nitka of Ludlow, Obuchowski of Rockingham, O’Donnell of Vernon, Otterman of Topsham, Parent of St. Albans City, Pelham of Calais, Perry of Richford, Peterson of Williston, Pillsbury of Brattleboro, Pugh of South Burlington, Reese of Pomfret, Robinson of Richmond, Rodgers of Glover, Schiavone of Shelburne, Seibert of Norwich, Severance of Colchester, Shand of Weathersfield, Sheltra of Derby, Smith of New Haven, Smith of Morristown, Sunderland of Rutland Town, Sweaney of Windsor, Sweetser of Essex, Towne of Berlin, Tracy of Burlington, Valliere of Barre City, Vincent of Waterbury, Webster of Randolph, Westman of Cambridge, Winters of Swanton, Winters of Williamstown, Wood of Brandon, Wright of Burlington and Young of Orwell.

Whereas, Bob Hope is known to millions of Americans for his comedic wit, for the hilarious road movies in which he sang and joked his way to exotic destinations from Singapore to Zanzibar, as the star of NBC radio and television broadcasts, and perhaps most importantly, as the premier entertainer of American troops, and

Whereas, his first forays into comedy were as a youthful street entertainer in Cleveland, Ohio, and he soon graduated to the vaudeville stage, and

Whereas, when radio came on the scene, he touched the nation’s funny bone from coast to coast, and

Whereas, his six decades of performing before America’s servicemen and women began with a radio broadcast at March Field in California in 1941, and

Whereas, in 1943, Bob Hope began entertaining the troops deployed in combat areas when he and his USO troupe traveled to locations in Europe and Africa, and

Whereas, his decades-long tradition of Christmas shows was inaugurated in 1948 when he performed in Germany at the request of the Secretary of the Air Force during the Berlin Airlift, and

Whereas, in later years he performed Christmas shows in Vietnam, Europe, and the Middle East, including, in 1990, in Saudi Arabia on the eve of Operation Desert Storm, and

Whereas, both a U.S. Naval ship, the USNS Bob Hope (AKR 300), and a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport, the “Spirit of Bob Hope,” have been named in his honor, and

Whereas, among the many honors he has received for his unique “military service” is the singular designation of “honorary veteran,” which the U.S. Congress bestowed on him in a 1997 resolution, and

Whereas, on May 29, Bob Hope will celebrate his 100th birthday, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly thanks Bob Hope, the premier entertainer of our nation’s military personnel, and his wife Dolores, for their generous gift of time and talent in support of our troops and congratulates Mr. Hope on the occasion of his centennial birthday, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Bob Hope in Toluca Lake, California.