Dear Diary,

Bob Crosby took Bing’s place on the Kraft Music Hall tonight. He’s not as good as his brother of course, but he’ll do until another Bing Crosby comes along. I wish Bob Hope could be Bob Crosby’s guest just once before Bing returns. I can just imagine what the two Bob’s would have to say about Bing. If anyone should know all about him, they should be the ones. One of them is his brother and the other is one of his best friends. O-o-o, what they could tell! But I’ve come to the conclusion that Bob isn’t going to appear on any show other than his own!

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Dear Diary,

I heard today that  Bob Crosby will replace brother Bing on the summer show. That’s certainly an improvement oer last summer’s KMH master of ceremonies – Don Ameche. Bob Crosby was the guest maestro on the Fitch Band Wagon today and he and Toby Reed talked the situation over. Bob said he might replace him for the summer, but he could never take his place. To prove it, he read one of his recent fan letters which asked him for a picture of Bing. Fine thing. That sounds  like a letter Bob Hope might write. But Bobby would reverse the procedure. He’s write to Bing and ask for Bob Crosby’s picture.

Dear Diary,

Bob Crosby took Bing’s place on KMH tonight, because Bing and Bob Hope are still “charitying,” but Bing will be back on his program next week. On the other hand, Bob Hope will continue his tour of army camps and other volunteer service work until the end of the season. Gosh, his poor family! By the time the season is over it will have been over a month since he left California. He must miss them a lot, because last Tuesday he closed the show with “Good-night, Linda,” and he very seldom does that. In fact, I think it’s about the fourth time he’s ever done it. Pretty soon Tony will be getting old enough to know who’s speaking to him on the radio and Bob will direct his “Good-nights” to him.

Dear Diary,

Bob Crosby took Bing’s place on KMH tonight so Bing could join the Victory Caravan, headed for Dallas. Bob said at the end of the program that unless he got a nasty letter from Bing, he would be on the show again next week.

In the meantime Bing and Bob Hope did all right in Chicago. They made over $2,000 in their golf match, although they had to call the game at the ninth hole to rehearse for the show that night. The show that night drew in $90,000. Most of it was from admission tickets, and the rest came from the sale of kisses by the stars. One woman paid $500 for a kiss from Bob Hope. Oh, for $500!

Dear Diary,

If I weren’t such a good girl, I’d curse like a sailor right now. I don’t know who caused it or why, but Jerry Lester’s contract has been dropped, and he is no longer on the Kraft Music Hall. I noticed last week that Bing Crosby didn’t mention Jerry for this week’s program, but I didn’t think much of it at the time. Then I saw in the paper this morning that Mary Martin’s and Victor Borge’s contracts had been renewed, but there was no mention of Jerry. And the final blow was that Jerry wasn’t on the show tonight. Dam—uh, darn it anyhow. At any rate, I will soon be seeing Jer in “Sleepy Time Gal,” a picture also boasting Skinnay Ennis, a certain orcherstra leader on a certain Bob Hope radio program.

Dear Diary,

Bing Crosby was still absent from the Kraft Music Hall, and Mickey Rooney attempted to take his place again. But even thought Crosby wasn’t there, Crosby was one of the guests. Maybe I’d better explain myself. Bing Crosby, alias Gravelthroat, was not there, but Bob Crosby, alias Hepcat, was one of the guests. If they hadn’t announced that it was Bob nobody would have known it wasn’t Bing, because they sho ’nuff sound alike. You know, I often wonder if any of Bob Hope’s brothers have a voice like Bob’s. After all, Bing and Bob Crosby sound alike, Don and Jim Ameche sound alike, Clifton and William Fadiman sound alike, so why shouldn’t Bob and Fred or Jim or Jack or Syd or Ivor or George Hope sound alike? I also wonder if Bing’s other brothers, Everett, Ted, and Larry sound like Bing (Harry) and Bob (George).

Dear Diary,

As usual, the Kraft Music Hall was sell tonight. It appears that Jerry Lester became the father of a boy last week. Bing asked him if everyone wanted to hold the baby on their lap, and Jerry replied, “Well, no, Bing. Not since the government announced a shortage of rubber.” Bing and Mary Martin sang three songs tonight that they sang in “Birth of the Blues.” Jerry joined them in “The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid.”

I was reading the paper today, and when I came to the sports page, I saw that Bing Crosby and Bob Hope are arranging a trip here early in February to do a benefit golf match for the Red Cross. On the amusement page it said that reports that Bing and Bob would be here had not been confirmed!

Dear Diary,

I went to the Cotton Bowl game today. Alabama defeated Texas A. & M. 29 to 21. It was so cold at the game that my feet almost broke off. As a matter of fact, this has been one of the coldest days in Dallas in almost two years.

Mary Martin joined the gang on the Kraft Music Hall tonight. She took Connie Boswell’s place, since Connie is going ona long personal appearance tour throughout the East. Victor Borge gave a repeat performance of his phoenetic (Is that the way to spell it?) punctuation. Not only that, but he also became a regular member of the gang tonight. With all those good stars on the program (including Jerry Lester and Bing), it is second to only one program—Bob Hope.

Dear Diary,

I saw in the paper today that “Louisiana Purchase” has been complete. That, of course, means that even if we could go through Paramount, Bob Hope wouldn’t be there, so that takes care of that. I don’t even want to go now.

Jerry Lester was back on the Kraft Music Hall tonight. He’s a good comedian, however, comedians may come and comedians may go, but there’ll never be another Bob Hope.

Dear Diary,

I found out today why Jerry Lester hasn’t been on the Kraft Music Hall for a couple of weeks. He’s been in the hospital having his tonsils removed. (A tonsilectomy to the literate.) He’ll be back next week.

I bought a Movie-Radio Guide today. There was a picture in it of Bob Hope and Dolores, but it wasn’t especially good. He looked like he just won a bet and was grinning triumphantly.

Dear Diary,

Bing Crosby ended another season on the Kraft Music Hall tonight. Don Ameche will take his place for a few weeks while Bing is on vacation. He will probably spend most of his time at Del Mar.

Speaking of vacations, I wonder what Bob Hope is doing now besides making a few pictures, writing a book, and appearing at benefits. What a vacation!

Dear Diary,

I played my records of Bob Hope today for the first time in months. In fact, it had been so long since I played them that a few of the jokes seemed new. (Akshully)

Jerry Lester took Bob Burns’ place on KMH tonight and for many Thursdays to come. He’s a good comedian and should go places, but I dunno where.