Dear Diary,

“A Date With Judy” had its airing tonight in place of the Bob Hope show. It certainly seems strange to hear Larry Keating read those Pepsodent commercials and then hear Dix Davis, as Randolph, heckle his big sister, Judy, instead of hearing Bob heckle some female guest star—or vice versa. Golly, but I’m going to miss that big lug (excuse the fond nick-name) every Tuesday night for twelve more weeks.

Since Bob wasn’t on tonight I broke a long-standing rule by listening to the program following the Pepsodent show. But it ain’t Red Skelton, it’s Tommy Dorsey.

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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,

Would Bob Hope be proud of me if he knew what I had done today. I bought two Pepsodent Fifty-tuft toothbrushes, a large can of Pepsodent Tooth Powder, and a large bottle of Pepsodent Antiseptic. That should bring the Pepsodent Company just about enough money to pay Bob’s salary for the next four or five months.

I spent most of the day today down town shopping. I bought a new pair of shoes, in addition to all the Pepsodent products. I had intended to go play miniature golf with Betty Lou in order to prepare for the game the whole gang will play tomorrow, but I couldn’t find time between going to town and getting my hair fixed, so I guess I’ll have to let Jean beat again tomorrow.

Dear Diary,

Betty Lou called tonight. She wanted to know if I had heard a certain commercial on the radio today, and I hadn’t, darn it. She said Bob Hope, Jerry Colonna, and Ben Gage did a two minute commercial for Bob’s book and Pepsodent. I don’t guess I missed so much, just two minutes, but it was Bob.

Dear Diary,

Boy, am I about to save money. Tonight Bob Hope offered to send a copy of his book, “They Got Me Covered” for only ten cents and a carton from some Pepsodent Product. I wrote for mine tonight.

Clifton Fadiman was Bob’s guest tonight. He said, “I asked the board of experts on ‘Information Please’ if they liked your new book.” Bob said, “And did John Kieran raise his hand?” Fadiman: “Only as high as his nose.”

Dear Diary,

Tonight I tuned in on the very last of “A Date With Judy” and I just stop;p;ed to realize that there are only two or three weeks left until Bob Hope is back on the Pepsodent show. Of course, that means that school will start too, but I’ll surely be glad when he comes back. I’ve really missed him this summer.

Dear Diary,

Jean and I went over and sat on the Jones’ front porch. Somehow or other the conversation turned to the subject of Bob Hope. Sue said that when he was here last fall, tow of her friends were driving around town. They stopped for a red light and Bob pulled up beside them and said something to them about Pepsodent, but they were so amazed they didn’t hear what he said. (I would have fainted, probably.)

Dear Diary,

Tonight, for the first time in almost two years, I missed the Pepsodent show. But after all, Bob Hope is on vacation, and I went to see Bob in “Caught in the Draft” anyway, so what the heck! I had a rather Hopey evening anyway.

Mother went with me tonight and she said she liked the picture. I have now see “Caught in the Draft” nine times.

Dear Diary,

Bob Hope’s guest tonight was no less than the old professor, Kay Kyser himself. The two of them together are marvelous. (Of course, Bob by himself is marvelous, but together they’re as good as the old combination of Crosby and Hope, which, by the way is plenty good!) Bob and Kay sang two songs together and I’ll be darned if Bob Hope didn’t sing better than Bing Crosby ever dreamed of singing and Kay didn’t do so bad either, by gosh! Bob had time to sing his theme song tonight and on the real high note near the middle of the song Bob screeched and said, “I’ll have to go get some Pepsodent antiseptic. Then I can make it.”

Dear Diary,

I listened to Bob Hope tonight and he gets better every week. He was tops two years ago and gets more so every week. He’d better watch out or he’ll get so good they’ll put him off the air. His guest tonight was Basil (Sherlock Holmes) Rathbone and together they searched for Yehudi.

He had a cute plug at the first of the program. He said, “This is Bob Mid-Winter Hope who say’s, ‘If you have preserves in your cellar, use Pepsodent and preserve what’s under your smeller.'”

I almost fainted tonight when he didn’t change his theme song. It’s still “The Breeze and I.”