Hello Logan County readers and friends throughout Kentucky and beyond! It is so good to be back during this time of the year. The holiday season is now with us and I hope we all have a joyful one.
Christmas and music always make me think of people who were in my life as I grew up. The baritone voice of Bing Crosby and his wonderful Christmas specials first on radio and later on TV always come to mind. His Christmas movies also are favorites. Originally Bing and his first wife, Dixie Lee of Nashville, and their four boys were in many specials. Later in life Bing, his second wife Kathy and their three young children entertained a new generation of viewers. I always loved the movies and TV specials that were done with Bob Hope. There was a special humor and rapport between the two men. Bing died on a golf course of a heart attack in his 70s. He still lives on in movies, records and old TV shows. Thank you Bing!
Francis Albert Sinatra, better known as Frank Sinatra, was born December 12, 1915 in Hoboken, New Jersey. He would be 100 years old this weekend. It does not seem possible! He always said he got his inspiration to be a singer listening to Bing Crosby. He became a teenage heart throb to millions of young women all over America. Over the years he was called the Sultan of Swoon, the Chairman of the Board and Ol’ Blue Eyes. He started as a featured singer with several big bands and went on to be one of the biggest professional singers of all time. Some of his top hits were “Love and Marriage”, “Strangers In The Night”, “My Way” and “New York, New York.” Frank was also a big movie star appearing in more than 50 films and won a Best Supporting Oscar in the movie “From Here to Eternity.” It seemed that about every 10 years Frank re-invented himself and came back as big a star as ever. His TV specials were huge evens watched by most of America. His Las Vegas act and movies with his famous Rat Pack including Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop will live on for generations. In 1985 President Ronald Reagan presented Sinatra with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the country. We will all continue to enjoy the many talents of this man for years to come.
Leslie Townes Hope aka Bob Hope was born May 29, 1903 in Eltham, England. His father was a stone mason and his mother a singer. His family emigrated to the USA in 1908. At an early age Hope became a dancer and comedian in vaudeville. His first movie was not until 1938 when he appeared in The Big Broadcast. In that movie he sang “Thanks For The Memory.” That song became his signature song the rest of his life. Hope married Delores and they adopted four children. He and Delores were married more than 65 years setting a Hollywood record. Bing Crosby, Dorothy Lemour and Hope made a series of “Road to —-“ movies from 1940 – 1952. Crosby was his lifelong friend as was Lucille Ball. Hope will always be best remembered for his entertaining the US Military troupes around the world. He and his famous shows entertained in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf Wars. He entertained 11 Presidents of the US from Roosevelt to Clinton. He was one of the most decorated entertainers in the history of this country. Hope continued to make hit movies well into the 1970s and stared on TV until his 90s. He retired in 1993 with a TV special called Christmas Memories. I remember Hope and George Burns being honored on their 100 birthdays. They set on a stage with Delores to citations from around the world. What wonderful memories!
I would not be a bit surprised to see all three of the entertainers I have written about appearing on TV in reruns of their movies and specials all through the holidays. Their entertainment was family oriented, clean and funny. Ah for the memories!
Call friends during the holidays. Send a few cards to loved ones and close friends. Reach out to someone you have not spoken to in a long time. Tell people you love them.
You still have time to send a few cards to recovering American Soldiers. The address is: A Recovering American Soldier, C.O. Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, Washington, D.C. , NW, 20307-5001. You can make a recovering soldier a little happier during the holidays.
Time to go. Good night Mrs. Calabash where ever you are.
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email [email protected]