From 1941 through the First Gulf War, Bob Hope was a Christmas tradition for any household with family members serving in whatever conflict took them away from home. I remember in high school and college watching the audiences looking for people I knew.
Every show ended with Silent Night. It began with one of the entertainers singing the first verse and then everyone joining in. It was always an emotional experience for the entertainers, the audience and those of us watching from home – even looking today.
Here is a look back at Bob Hope’s legacy that ends – as always – with Silent Night.