Dear Diary,

I found the following article in the paper this afternoon:

When Samuel Goldwyn sent a coy of the script of his latest movie, “They Got Me Covered,” starring Comedian Bob Hope, to F B I headquarters, in Washington, D. C., he asked if there was any objection to showing Axis agents roaming all over the nation’s capital.

F B I officials wired back: “The script seems o. k. Anything can happen in a Bob Hope picture.”

They’re not kidding, either. Anything can, and usually does, happen in Bob Hope pictures.

Seven more Hopeless Tuesdays.

Dear Diary,

I heard on the radio today that Bob Hope’s name in “They Got Me Covered” is Robert Kitridge. My, what an original name for Bob – Robert. I don’t know how they ever thought of it. Bob plays a foreign correspondent in Russia who is sent back to Washington because he wasn’t doing a very good job. If Bob Hope does a bad job on anything, it will really be acting be he isn’t made that way.

Mother and I got home from Hughes Springs today at about 3:00. I wanted to wee “The Magnificent Andrew” today, but I got in too late.

Dear Diary,

Some people have all the breaks. Sam Goldwyn has been looking for six Washington secretaries to appear in the new Bob Hope picture, “They Got Me Covered.” One of the first girls chosen was Mary Byrne from Dallas. Can you imagine such lucy? She goes to Washington, gets a job a secretary (probably at about $150 a month), and winds up in Hollywood making a picture with none other than Bob Hope! Oh well, I’ll make up for lost time when I meet Bob. What do you mean, I’ll never meet him? I will too. Oh, you want to fight about it?

Dear Diary,

I saw in the paper today that Sam Goldwyn has bought the title of Bob Hope’s book, “They Got Me Covered,” and will change the title of the new Bob Hope picture from “Washington Comedy” to They Got Me Covered.” I can’t imagine what that’s got to do with the picture, but I’ll bet it proves to be a big drawing attraction for the picture. (As if Bob weren’t enough!) That’s the second time the title has been changed. It was originally “Treasure Chest.”

Well what do you know! I found out today that I’m a genius (or freak). I can write upside-down backwards with both hands at the same time.

Dear Diary,

I read Bob Hope’s book “They Got Me Covered” again today, and it was twice as good the second time as it was the first. I don’t thing I ever laughed as much as I did reading that thing over the second time. I had forgotten a whole lot of it, and reading it again kind of brought back pleasant memories of the near past.

In the paper today I read the names of a few of the people who are going to be on the March of Dimes on the air tomorrow night. Naturally Bob Hope is included, plus Bing Crosby and three or four dozen other very notable notables. it gives me the funniest feeling to hear about a think like that—a lot of big people helping even more little people. I really gives me something to think about. (for a change)

Dear Diary,

I got some very welcome information about Bob Hope today. I discovered that in “Louisiana Purchase” he not only sings, but he dances! I also found out that the picture will be released nationally during the Christmas holidays. Oh boy, ain’t life grand.

I read a review of “They Got Me Covered” in a movie magazine and did that reviewer enjoy Bob’s book. I believe he got as big a kick out of it as I did.

Dear Diary,

Would I like to have been in Paulette Goddard’s shoes last week. Tonight Bob Hope was talking to his announcer about last week’s show. Ben said, “Say, Bob, when Paulette was on your program, last week, didn’t you five her a copy of your book?” Bob replied, “Yes, Ben, I gave her a copy of ‘The Got Me Covered.’ Why?” Ben: “Well, didn’t she kiss you for it?” Bob: “Oh, does the blister still show?” Ben said, “Folks, if you want a copy of Bob Hope’s book, I’ll tell you how to get one without all the mess of kissing Bob.”

Dear Diary,

I finished Bob Hope’s book today. All the reviews raved about the book, but none of them did it justice. It’s absolutely wonderful! I had expected to find a lot of things in it that he had said on the radio or in a picture, but I couldn’t find a single thing that didn’t seem original. Besides, even if it wasn’t original, it was Bob Hope’s own stuff.

Dear Diary,

Today Walter Winchell gave a “New Yorchid” to Bob Hope’s book. I knew he’d get around to it sooner or later. After all, look who wrote the thing. Winchell called it “Bob Hope’s amusing book, ‘They Got Me Covered.'” That’s all he said, but about Bob Hope, that’s enough. When Mr. Hope does something, it’s bound to be pretty darn good, or he’d never let the public know he’d done it! (What am I saying?)

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,

I saw in the paper today that Bob Hope’s book, “They Got Me Covered,” is only a small pocket-sized book. I don’t know whether I like that or not. One good thing about it is that it probably won’t cost as much as a larger book, but one bad thing is that it won’t be long enough to last any time. I had thought that it would take several weeks to read it, a little at a time. Oh well, I can read it twice.

Dear Diary,

I called Cokesbury’s Book Store today to see if I could find out when “They Got Me Covered” is coming out. They said it would be about the middle of October. That’ll be about the same time “Nothing But the Truth” will be coming to the Majestic. Oh boy, where am I going to get all that money? I’d better get going if I’m going to save that much.

Dear Diary,

Tonight on the “Millions for Defense” program Barry Wood asked Eddie Cantor if he had heard any of the previous shows. Eddie said, “I heard the Bob Hope, Dorothy Lamour, Bing Crosby show. That Bob Hope is really hot stuff. But maybe you noticed that in his last picture he made one mistake. You’ve seen those clothes Dorothy Lamour has been wearing in her pictures lately? Well, if you ask me, she’s the one who is ‘Caught in the Draft.'”

From the new Movie-Radio Guide: “‘They Got Me Covered,’ Bob Hope’s comic autobiography, is scheduled to go on sale this fall. It’s a self-kidding piece of work, with a foreword by Bing Crosby. The publishers are starting with a large runoff for the first edition, evidently expecting a heavy sale.”

Heavy sale is right. I’m going to buy out the stores! (Maybe)

Dear Diary,

From the Times-Herald today: “In addition to making personal appearances in Philadelphia, Toronto and Chicago, Bob Hope managed to write six chapters of his autobiography during his thirteen-day vacation. The volume will be called ‘They Got Me Covered.’ The indefatigable star goes immediately into the benefit routine, appearing first at Camp Hahn.”