Special Data

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Dear Diary,

I have heard Bob Hope on the radio three times this month. And not only that, but I got an autographed picture of him.

September 30, Bob pulled a cute joke. I wrote part of it on the page for that day, but here’s the rest: Hope: “Just for that I hope all your children grow up to look like Oscar Levant.”

Fadiman: “Well, just for that I hope all your children grow up to look like Bob Hope.”

Hope: “That’s impossible. You can’t get noses like this any more.”

Well, maybe that’s true, but from all I hear, young Tony Hope has a nose very similar to that of his adopted father. Poor kid!

I have written for Bob’s book, and I hope to get it within the next three weeks, but then you never can tell about a thing like that. They may be so rushed that it will take three months, but I certainly hope hot. I may be crazy, but I think I’ll buy another book when they are release to the book stores. After all, I may lose one of them.

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One Response to “Special Data”

  1. David Says:

    This may be the first instance of what became standard procedure for my mother. For as long as I can remember, she bought at least two copies of nearly every book–one to read (other people could handle that copy, too) and one to keep on the shelf, pristine.

    In fairness, I should mention that she spent 22 years at the Dallas Public Library, all but the first few in the Children’s Department; so she knew exactly what kinds of abuse books might be put through.

    She retired as Children’s Literature Expert for the City of Dallas, which meant that my siblings and I, and all of our children, too, got to read a lot of really good books as we were growing up.


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