Dear Diary,

Golly, Bob Hope was swell tonight. The show was broadcast from the Great Lakes Naval Training Station tonight, and next week he will broadcast from Ellington Field, Houston. That will be the second in a series of seven trips to army, navy, and marine stations throughout the country. The guy is so sick he can hardly talk, but I’ll bet no one gets him in bed. Once he laughed pretty hard, and it must have hur him because he said, “I hope my agent gets 10% of this throat.” About the Caravan he said, “I was sitting between Merle Oberon and Olivia de Havilland on the train.” Claudette Colbert said, “Yes, but I noticed you didn’t say much.” Bob replied, “Well, I couldn’t. Every time I opened my mouth, smoke came out!”