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'lance
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posted 29 May 2003 12:24 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
1907
His livelihood crushed by a union lockout at United Stone and Steel, a British mason named William Henry Hope moves his family to Cleveland, Ohio, to seek a better life. The fifth of his seven children is Leslie Townes Hope, who becomes the Bob we adore. Bob later jokes, "I left England at the age of 4 after my father's dreams were crushed by the cruel machinery of capitalist enterprise."

1920
Bob begins amateur boxing as "The Battling Suffragette." He quits after dropping a bout to Emma Goldman.

1923
With vaudeville partner George Byrne, Bob debuts on Broadway in the revue Arise, Ye Children of Oppression. The show closes when Ruby Keeler breaks an ankle during the Potemkin dance. "I used to struggle to make ends meet," Bob later said. "I wouldn't have had anything to eat if it wasn't for the stuff the audience threw at me. That just shows you how a political system based on class stratification degrades the working man."


The Road to Leningrad.


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Mandos
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posted 29 May 2003 12:34 PM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Uhh...his web site doesn't seem to contain any of the radicalism stuff

http://www.bobhope.com/


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'lance
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posted 29 May 2003 12:41 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yeah, but Mandos, the man's not well. I'll bet his relatives have had anything inflammatory removed from the site without his knowledge. Carefully buffing that old "patriotic" image, don't you know.
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lagatta
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posted 29 May 2003 12:48 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can't really figure out whether this story is just an attempt at satire, or whether it refers to actual early radicalism. If Bob Hope had still taken a radical stand during the McCarthyite period, it would no doubt be general knowledge. He was certainly a reactionary jingoist in later years, especially during the Vietnam war.
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Mandos
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posted 29 May 2003 12:49 PM      Profile for Mandos   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's satire, then. "Hanoi Bob"?
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'lance
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posted 29 May 2003 12:51 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Oh, it's satire, all right... ("Low Concept," the occasional Slate feature by Neil Pollack, is sub-headed "Dubious and far-fetched ideas.")

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1999
In Seattle, Bob burns himself in effigy and throws a rock through the window of a Burger King. Later, at the Smash the World Bank Rally for Atheism and Anarchy, he says, "You know you're getting old when the Black Bloc asks you if you were a busboy at the Last Supper."

As to how successful an attempt, your mileage may vary. I like it as an alternative-universe take on Hope's jingoism.

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