Saturday, September 1, 2012
Bob Hope - Clark AB 1987
This was the first Bob Hope USO Show in the Pacific Theater since the Vietnam era and Bob Hope's last show in the Pacific.
Bob Hope's first USO Show was at California’s March Field on May 6, 1941. Wherever Bob Hope went, from the deserts of North Africa to Alaska to the jungles of Southeast Asia, he represented home. And, for an hour or so, troops were home with an old friend and comrade.
His USO shows included singers, dancers, comedians, actors and actresses, and led the way for celebrities to commit to giving their time and talent to troops and families around the world.
Hope entertained until December 1990, when he brought laughter and Christmas cheer to troops participating in Operation Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on his final USO tour. In 1997, the USO successfully worked with Congress to designate Bob Hope the first honorary veteran of the U.S. armed forces.
Bob Larson got a chance of a lifetime to own and produce "The Bob Hope USO Show" on December 21, 1987 at Clark Air Base in the Republic of the Philippines. This was the first USO Show to be held in the Pacific Theater since the Vietnam Era and Bob Hope's last USO Show in the Pacific.
From the Philippines, Bob Hope is joined by guests Lee Greenwood, Barbara Eden, Connie Stevens and her daughters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher with the Superbowl Dancers and Miss USA Michelle Royer. Also appearing is the United States Navy Pacific Fleet Band.
Highlights: Lee Greenwood performs his song "God Bless the U.S.A." and "Silent Night".
The show was produced using 7 cameras on site at Clark Air Base's "Challenger Field". It was recorded on 3/4" U-Matic Broadcast Video Tape and in 2001 those videos were converted to DVD masters.
Bob Larson tried to make a go of getting this out a couple of years ago. Hopefully we'll eventually get the change to see it.