Few entertainers in American history have reached the iconic status of legendary comedian Bob Hope. An American original, he made his home in Palm Springs for decades. For 47 years the PGA Tour was known as the Bob Hope Classic. It was the place to be during the Palm Springs winter season. Bob and Dolores built a unique dome shaped home high-up on Southridge Drive and everyone in the Coachella Valley knew very well who lived there.
They loved this valley as much as the valley loved them. No question about it, this was their home. The World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum has seen fit to honor Bob Hope’s magnificent life and career with its traveling exhibition, Bob Hope: an American treasure. Through the good offices of the Bob and Dolores Hope Charitable Foundation, this fabulous 2500 square foot exhibition is available and open for everyone to enjoy at the Palm Springs Air Museum right here in our own local community Contained within the exhibit are more than 160 precious artifacts which include Hope’s honorary Oscar, his Congressional Gold medal, an Honorary Veteran Citation, and other vintage photos and memorabilia. There will also be seven video displays that will cover Hope’s life from birth through his long career. The Palm Springs Air Museum makes a perfect venue for this exercise in nostalgia. What better tribute than having the patriotic Bob Hope’s life and career highlighted by some of the most amazing aircraft in military history? His dedication to the military was legendary.
The World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum is dedicated to the preservation of the history of golf and features the legacies of the names that have elevated it to world-class stature. Based at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Florida it serves as the Centurion of the game through exhibitions, works of art and much more. All that is significant to the history of one of the greatest games in sports is housed and protected here.
The exhibit will run through the end of April 2013 and is open to the public. The traveling exhibition has already been on display at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in Wisconsin and the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It also had the great distinction of being featured at the Greenwich Heritage Center in London during the 2012 Summer Olympic Games this past year. There is no question in my mind that that everyone who has the opportunity to spend the day perusing this amazing tribute to the great Bob Hope will say to themselves with a smile, “Thanks Bob, for the memories.”
For more information on Bob Hope: An American Treasure visit www.WorldGolfHallofFame.org/hof/Hopeontheroad.php.