Dear Diary,

Another Tuesday, which means only eleven more Tuesdays remain until Bob Hope comes back on the air. Gee whiz anyway, why doesn’t he make a few guest appearances on the radio so I won’t miss him so much. I can’t remember the last time he was on any radio program other than his own. But then, I guess he’s a pretty busy guy as it is, without going around raising other people’s Crossley ratings. Just the same, I would still like to know when he’s going to be on the Victory Parade show. If he isn’t on it, I’m gonna be mad.

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Dear Diary,

Fred Allen’s guest tonight was Crossley, of the Crossley radio ratings. Fred Allen said that people were probably laughing so har that if one of Crossley’s men called up to see if thery were listening to Fred Allen they wouldn’t hear their telephones, so he devoted a few moments of silence for the listeners to answer their telephones. Fred Allen said, “There, that might raise my rating .4 point.” Crossley said, “A good joke might raise it more.” Allen: “If I had a good joke I wouldn’t be here. I’d be out in California writing for Bob Hope.”

Dear Diary,

Hedda Hopper told all about the Benny anniversary banquest today. She said that they had a terrible time arranging the speeches because no one wanted to follow Bob Hopeā€”not even Benny. Edgar Bergen said that he and Benny were in vaudeville together. They weakened it so Bob Hope could make the kill. Bob looked over at Jack Benny and said, “Radio does something to your hair. Your forehead’s gone up with your Crossley rating.”