Dear Diary,

Bob Hope broadcast from New Orleans tonight. He made me slightly mad, because he said something about Houston and Ft. Worth, but not one word about Dallas. First he said, “I entered a male beauty contest the other day to pick Mr. New Orleans. The judges pointed to one man and said, ‘This is for St. Louis, Mo.’ They pointed to another and said, ‘This is for Houston, Texas.’ Then they looked at me and said, ‘This is for men only.'” Ft. Worth came in when Bob killed a big swamp mosquitoe and something heavy dropped. Frances asked what is was, and he said it was carrying the mail to Ft. Worth. Larry Keating said, “Bob Hope walked into a New Orleans restaurant and smelled the food.” Bob: “Ah!” Larry: “Then he saw the beautiful waitresses.” Bob: “Ah!” Larry: “Then he saw the prices on the menus.” Bob: “A-a-a-gh!”

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Dear Diary,

And I thought I enjoyed myself Feb. 11!! I have never seen anything to equal what I saw tonight. I exspected Bob Hope to look and act rather sick, but he didn’t look as if he knew the meaning of the word. The program lasted 3½ hours and I was weak by the time it was half over. Bob was never funnier than he was with Bing Crosby tonight. They first gave an imitation of the presidents of the Pepsi Cola and Coca Cola companies. Bing was Pepsi and Bob was Cokey. They started at opposite ends of the stage, trotted across, met at the center mike, and burped in unison. Next came an imitation of the presidents of the Pepsodent and Ipana companies. Bob said, “You be Ipana. I want to keep my job.” The same routine, except they meet in the center, shake hands, and begin gargling. Next it’s two Ft. Worth business men. After they shake hands they start digging feverishly in each other’s pockets. Next came two farmers. Bob came in scraping his feet, and Bing milked his thumbs instead of shaking hands. (See Special Data)

Dear Diary,

Dallas had its first blackout tonight. It was really an event to remember, because it was a complete success in Dallas, Ft. Worth, and surrounding territories. All Dallas and Ft. Worth radio stations carried a description of the blackout and on every hand it was reported that within a minute and a half past nine, the official starting time, every light in the two counties—Dallas and Tarrant—was extinguished. There were many planes overhead so high that they could be neither seen nor heard, and once several of them dropped flares just to show the people that they were really there.

This was one occasion where I’d welcome Bob Hope even more than ever. I would like to hear him describe the total darkness all Dallasites witnessed tonight. I’ll bet that would be worth listening to!

Dear Diary,

I went to Fort Worth today to the Amon Carter Riverside-Sunset football game at Farrington Field in Forth Worth. Sunset won the game 14-0. We play Highland Park in Dallas next Saturday.

I didn’t get much to to fiddle around with my pictures of Bob Hope, on account of the ball game.

Dear Diary,

Today Hedda Hopper shattered my dreams. Bob Hope and Bing Crosby were going to go on a golf tour over the country and would have come to Dallas. That’s where Hedda Hopper comes in. Today she said, “The golf tour planned by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, which would have taken them to Dallas and Ft. Worth and to a match with the Duke of Windsor in Florida, was called off five minutes ago because Bing has to report for work on a new picture.” I have one consolation though. I found out in the morning paper that Paramount had succeeded in buying the screen rights to “Louisiana Purchase” and that Bob Hope had been assigned the leading role.

Dear Diary,

I read in the paper today that Bob Hope is going to five another benefir performance Feb. 8. I wonder if he ever has any time to himself.

I also read that Bob Hawk is broadcasting his “Take It or Leave It” program from Dallas March 9. I’d kind of like to see it but there’s someone I’d like to see much more. He’s not coming to Dallas though. (darn it.) I saw Bob Hope once, though, and I’ll never forget it. The exact date was 8:00, Friday, September 20, 1940, and was he hot!

Gene Autrey is going to broadcast from Dallas March 9 and 16 because of the Ft. Worth Fat Stock Show. Ain’t that wonderful? Ain’t that thrilling? Ain’t that heavenly? Ain’t that nauseating?

Dear Diary,

I stayed in the house almost all day today. I didn’t feel very good this morning, so instead of going to Sunday School I stayed home and ate a half a dozen oranges. At 5:30 I listened to the Quiz of the Cities. Last week Fort Worth won by twenty pointes, but today Dallas won by forty-one points, which only goes to show you—I listened to the Gulf Screen Guild Theatre tonight. It was a cute comedy but I don’t see what part Bob Hope could have taken because the haracters were a rich man, a poor girl, and a gangster.