Dear Diary,

Tonight was Bing Crosby’s last show of the season, so at the end of the program he called up brother Bob, who will sub for Bing, to help Mary announce next weeks guests. Then Bing, with about two minutes to spare (and he needed every bit of it) said, “Well, so long. Be of good cheer. Farewell. Take good care of yourselves. Love each other. Adios.” Bob, Mary Martin, Ken Carpenter, and John Scott Trotter, in unison, said, “G’bye.” Bing said, “Every year I get the same enthusiastic farewell. I tell you, it’s heartwarming.” Well, even if they won’t miss you, Bing, I will. I hope you and Bob Hope get in several nice solid games of golf during the summer. Bob needs it for that pot of his.

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Dear Diary,

Bob Hope was Bing Crosby’s guest tonight. The other guest, John O’hara, revealed the fact that Bob’s real name is Leslie Townes Hope. That wasn’t news to me but it was to most people. Bing brought up the uear 1891 as the year the railroad completely replace the pony express. Bob said, “Three guesses as to who got the pony.” Bob and Bing got to arguing about who was the better golfer. Connie Boswell said, “So that’s what happened to that golf tour you and Bing were planning to take through Texas.” Bob said, “No, we heard from Texas. They told us to go through Oklahoma—but fast.”

Once Bing mentioned John Scott Trotter and Bob said, “You know, it’s nice working with an ocrhestra leader I can see for a change.”