Dear Diary,

Skinnay Ennis was the guest on the Fitch Band Wagon today. It was only natural that he talked about Bob Hope a lot. He told a cute story about something that happened in Houston while they were there with the Victory Caravan. It was on Tuesday night, so Bob had to take time out to give his weekly broadcast for the soldiers at Ellington Field. The two auditoriums are in the same building, and separated only by a heavy curtain. So, Bob sneaked all the stars of the Caravan over to his own show before it went on the air. The soldiers got a free show which would regularly have cost several dollars.

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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!”

Dear Diary,

Bob Hope broadcast from Ellington Field, Houston, tonight. His guest was Joan Bennett. Bob pulled several gags tonight that he used last night, but tonight was their first time on the air. One of them was, “I was having a swell time kissing all those beautiful girls on the Victory Caravan, until Charles Boyer pulled a nasty trick. He told them he was Charles Boyer.” Bob entertained the navy last week and the army this week, so he said, “You know, there’s really not much difference in soldiers and sailors. When a man whistles at a girl and she slaps their face, that’s a sailor. But when a man whistles at a girl and she throws her arms around his neckā€”get me her phone number, will you?” His whole show was about Texas, but I’ll have to wait ’til Saturday to tell about it, when I hear the show by short wave.

Dear Diary,

Jean and I went to the Palace tonight and saw “The Great Dictator.” It was without a doubt the craziest picture I ever saw. It had a moral, was full of good actors, and was entertaining, but I still say it was crazy.

I saw in the paper today that Bob Hope shot an 80 in Houston yesterday, which is only eight above par on that course. He shot 86 here, which was 16 over bar, but I’ll bet he put on a better show for the gallery here. I guess he decided to get serious and play golf in Houston instead of playing with the spectators. However, if I know him as well as I think I do, he did a lot of cutting up in Houston too. He just has a look on his face that tells people that he’s having a good time, no matter what he’s doing. At least, that’s my opinion. I could be wrong too. I certainly have been a lot of times.

Dear Diary,

Bob Hope took his program to Camp Callen tonight. Boy, if he ever gets drafted, he should feel right at home. He’s visited practically every camp in California, and he goes to another one next week.

Billie Burke was his guest again tonight. Frankly I be perfectly content if he took Betty Hutton and Frances Langford off the show and gave their time to Billie. Billie and Silly, or Burke and Jerk go well together. Of course, she’s always insulting him or making fun of something about him, but then who isn’t?

I didn’t expect Bob to say anything about coming to Dallas tomorrow, but right at the end of the program, Ben Gage wished him luck in the golf tour he and Bing Crosby are playing in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. (I wish he’d leave out those other cities and spend three days in Dallas.)