Dear Diary,

I bought a movie magazine today that had an article by Walter Winchell about Hollywood’s part in the war effort. He said that Bob Hope undoubtedly is the most poplar entertainer among the armed forces. Bob has played practically every army, navy, and marine base in the country, not to mention some in Canada. And believe, that took some traveling and work and sleepless nights, considering the short time he’s done all that in. Besides, he’s done that in addition to all his regular work.

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Dear Diary,

I guess “My Favorite Blonde” is a better picture than I expected, because today Walter Winchell gave it, and Bob Hope, a New Yorchid in his column.

Hedda Hopper said today that Buddy De Sylva is planning a picture whose cast will include every start at Paramount, such as Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Fred Astaire, Rochester, etc. That’s something I’ve been wishing someone would do for a long time. I’ll bet there would be little or no trouble getting people inside theaters, since their favorite will probably be in the picture. Hedda Hopper also said that on the set of “The Road to Morocco” the other day there was a call for a chimpanzee and a parrot that does not curse. Frankly I didn’t know there was any such thing.

Dear Diary,

Some time ago Walter Winchell put a small bit in his column about how Bob Hope, in “The Ghost Breakers,” cheered up the heartbroken people of Coventry, England, just after it was bombed. Today he put the same story in a long article in the new Photoplay. There was an accompanying picture of Bob from a scene in “The Ghost Breakers.” He quoted a government official as saying that the government doesn’t want Bob Hope and people like him to serve behind a gun—they are needed behind cameras and microphones.

Gee, Mother and Daddy have been gone over two days now. I wish they’d come home. I’m getting lonesome with noone here but Grams and I and Mother and Daddy way down in the Rio Grande Valley. Harlingen to be specific.

Dear Diary,

Walter Winchell actually wrote something about my favorite person in his column today. He said that after the Nazi raid on Coventry a bit of laughter saved them from complete despair. They had buried their dead, they had gone without necessary food and shelter, and life seemed at an end. A few days later someone dug up a Hollywood movie and showed it in Coventry and nearby towns day and night for a week—twenty four hours a day. Winchell said, “It was so funny it made them laugh for ninety minutes—or at least took their minds from their personal misery…The star was Bob Hope…The picture was ‘Caught in the Draft.'” He also said that America doesn’t want Hope and people like him behind a bayonet—that they do more good in front of a camera.

Dear Diary,

I had rather a disappointment today. The papers, instead of saying Bob Hope and Bing Crosby might be here, they said Bing Crosby might be here. Bob Hope’s name was almost completely omitted. I said almost because there was on little article that said something about there still being a chance of Bob and Bing coming for a benefit match. Even though that’s all it said, it gave me a straw to hang on to.

I heard on the Silver Theater today that Bob Hope might be on that program two weeks from today. Bing Crosby was guest today.

Jack Benny wasn’t on his show tonight. I figured it had something to do with Carole Lombard’s tragic death yesterday, and sure enough, Walter Winchell confirmed my thoughts. He said Benny just didn’t feel like being gay and merry at a time like this.

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?)