Richard Zoglin, author of Hope: Entertainer of the Century, was joined by Kimberly Guise, curator of the special exhibit So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope, and Robert M. Citino, PhD, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy and Samuel Zemurray Stone Senior Historian at The National WWII Museum, for a January 2019 conversation about Hope’s life and work.
"I think he would be very proud of this Museum and his role in this," Zoglin said. "Because I think of all the things that he did I think what affected him most was his entertaining of the troops, and particularly those WWII years. I think that was his absolute peak, when the nation was united, united behind him. He knew he was doing a service, something that hadn't been done before, the idea of entertainers traveling in a war zone. And that was his great accomplishment, and I think that's what he would want to be remembered for."
Watch the full presentation below.
So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope is on display in The Joe W. and Dorothy D. Brown Foundation Special Exhibit Gallery through February 10, and will soon embark on a 10-city tour. Read more about Bob Hope at The National WWII Museum. Shop the Museum Store for a signed copy of Hope: Entertainer of the Century.
Program supported by the Bob & Dolores Hope Foundation. With special thanks to the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum.