Dear Diary,

I saw in the paper today that Bob Hope will go to Chicago June 14 on a bond selling drive. The article said the goal is one billion dollars. That’s a lot of mulah, but if anybody can sell that much, Bob Hope is the man to do it. Carole Lombard sold over two million dollars worth in one day, and Dorothy Lamour has approached the billion dollar mark in a tour over the country (which will bring her to Dallas Friday.) But if Bob sets out to sell a billion dollars worth of bonds in two or three days, I’ll bet my last red penny that he reaches that goal. I saw another article in the paper that said Bob will play a Red Cross golf match June 13. Oh that man!

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Dear Diary,

I had rather a disappointment today. The papers, instead of saying Bob Hope and Bing Crosby might be here, they said Bing Crosby might be here. Bob Hope’s name was almost completely omitted. I said almost because there was on little article that said something about there still being a chance of Bob and Bing coming for a benefit match. Even though that’s all it said, it gave me a straw to hang on to.

I heard on the Silver Theater today that Bob Hope might be on that program two weeks from today. Bing Crosby was guest today.

Jack Benny wasn’t on his show tonight. I figured it had something to do with Carole Lombard’s tragic death yesterday, and sure enough, Walter Winchell confirmed my thoughts. He said Benny just didn’t feel like being gay and merry at a time like this.

Dear Diary,

For the first time since Will Rogers and Wiley Post were killed in 1935, an important Hollywood star was killed in an airplane crash today. The accident happened near Las Vegas, Nevada this morning, and the star was Carole Lombard. She was on her way home from a bond-selling campaign in Indiana, and was only about three hundred miles from Los Angeles when the accident happened. It must have been an awful experience for Clark Gable, as well as for the passengers on the plane, because it was said to have been over for them immediately, but poor Clark had all those hours to wait while the searching party tried to reach the plane. He tried to go with one party, but was forced to give up.

When a think like that happens to a famous person like that, I have to shudder, because it could happen to Bob Hope. (Ugh!)

Dear Diary,

Bob Hope was on the Lux Radio Theatre tonight. He was really swell. After the show Cecil B. DeMille congratulated Carole Lombard on her fine performance. Bob said, “Oh, uh, C.B., aren’t you forgetting somebody?” C.B. answered, “If I am, Bob, I’m just being kind.” Bob said, “Well, I appeal to the women, don’t I Carole?” Silence. “Well, I appeal to the men, don’t I, C.B?” Silence. Then Bob yelled, “There are sixteen million kids in this country. Goodnight!”
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There are not only sixteen million kids, but there are twenty-four million adults who listen to Bob every Tuesday.

Dear Diary,

I bought a Movie-Radio Guide today and I’m surely glad I did, because I might not have listened to Hollywood Premiere next Friday if I hadn’t. Bob Hope will be the guest in the radio version of “Caught in the Draft.” That makes it a triple dose of Bob for next week: 1. Monday he’s on Lux Radio Theatre with Carole Lombard in “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” 2. His regular show on Tuesday. (3) Friday, on Louella Parson’s Hollywood Premiere in “Caught in the Draft.” Gosh, what a schedule! I’ll be at the radio all week.

Dear Diary,

I was reading the paper and listening to the radio at the same time tonight. I was listening to Lux Radio Theatre. My eye caught that name in the paper so naturally I read it. It said that on June 9th the play will be “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”, starring Carole Lombard and Bob Hope. Sure enough, at the end of the program, C.B. DeMille announced a new comedy team, “Carole Lombard—–and Bob Hope.” As soon as he said “—and Bob Hope” everybody laughed. Boy, what a comedian. Imagine people laughing just because his name was mentioned. Gee, if he happened to be kinda corny some night he could just repeat his name a few times and get lots of laughs.