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Comedians popular with the World War II generation such as Bob Hope and Jack Benny were not remotely funny to the new generation.
With Cleveland native Bob Hope serving as the parade’s grand marshal along with his wife Delores and other special guests including TV star Ed McMahon and Dr. Albert B. Sabin, the developer of the oral polio vaccine, the arriving crowd numbered in excess of ten times that of the town’s normal 7,000 population.
A few planned to take discounted helicopter rides over the empty stretch of the 405, several dozen others have $4 to $5 tickets to board special JetBlue flights between Long Beach Airport and Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.
Bob Hope kept the crowd in stitches, Neil’s good friend Arthur Frame remembered prior to his passing in 2003.
As his Hummer limo glided up to a bright blue jet parked at the ramp of Burbank’s Bob Hope Airport’s executive terminal, Rex Hayden took another swig of Bloody Mary in an attempt to take the edge off his pounding hangover.
Nixon won the mock vote at a school where Kennedy’s Catholicism mattered less to most students than the fact that they were from wealthier, largely Republican backgrounds, like the sons of Bob Hope and character actor Pat O’Brien.