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Bob Hope Christmas Programs

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The USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR-300) is the lead ship in her class of Maritime Preposition Ship. The Maritime Prepositioning Ships carry enough ammunition and equipment to support an Marine Task Force for 30 days, allowing for the rapid deployment of men, knowing that their equipment will meet them in theater within days of call up. It is one of the few vessels in the Navy inventory which went against long standing Naval tradition to be named for a person who was living at the time of commissioning. This is all the more appropriate when you consider that Bob Hope's first war-time performance was at sea. Hope was on board the RMS Queen Mary in September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland, beginning WWII. In order to help calm the panicking passengers, hope volunteered to give a special performance, singing "Thanks for the Memory" with rewritten lyrics. Bob Hope would be best known for his work to entertain the troops. John Steinbeck, who was a War Correspondent during the War,

Christmas With Bob Hope and the Troops

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Bob Hope is best known for his Bob Hope Christmas Shows for the Troops. His first War-time show was aboard the RMS Queen Mary when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. Hope spoke to the captain and offered to put on a special performance to help calm the nervous passengers. The 1939 Christmas Radio Show of the Pepsodent Show is one of the few Bob Hope Christmas Shows that doesn't revolve around entertaining the troops. (Which is too bad, the program, which features a long skit of Bob opening a toy factory for Christmas, is filled with way more suggestive innuendo than you would expect a radio show to get away with! The troops would have loved it!) Bob gave his first USO show at March Field in May of 1941. During the war he traveled extensively to entertain the troops where ever he could, making many appearances on AFRS programs like Command Performance and GI Journal , and making live appearances whenever and where ever high could. He seemed to take special pleasure in being ov

Christmas Radio Serials for Children: Cinnamon Bear, Jump Jump and the Ice Queen, & Jonathan Thomas and His Christmas on the Moon

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Serial stories were always a great way to attract the kids to sit still in front of the radio on a regular basis. A 'cliff-hanger' ending to each episode, compelling characters, and a fun story were enough to bring the kids back every afternoon for shows like Jerry of the Circus , and Magic Island . The syndicated serials followed a pretty standard formula; there would be plenty of long musical interludes over which a local broadcaster could place advertising into the fifteen minute episodes. Of course, in the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas there is a the added anticipation of waiting for Santa Claus and the magic of the holiday! The earliest and most loved of the Christmas serials is The Cinnamon Bear , first broadcast in 1937. The program was produced in Hollywood for TransCo, with a high-powered radio cast featuring Barbara Jean Wong , Gale Gordon , and Joseph Kearns. Local sponsors in several markets made The Cinnamon Bear a Christmas tradition, especially

"Quiz Kids" Christmas

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Quiz Kids  aired on Sundays evenings and had a devoted following of both adults and children on the Blue Network.  Hosted by Joe Kelley of  National Barn Dance , the show featured a panel of youngsters who had been selected for their intelligence and wit. But working with kids is never a sure thing! Kelley however, who claimed to be no intellectual and couldn't have answered the questions if they weren't printed on his flash cards, was expert at putting the kids at ease during the broadcast of the Quiz Kids radio show . On one  Christmas Radio Show   questions included: "What are the best reasons to prove there is a Santa Claus?"Identify these Christmas Belles,""Identify these Character's from Dickens by these quotes," and "Is there a Santa Claus." Read more about radio quiz programs...