Forest Fire Prevention Spokesperson Bob Hope born May 29, 1903

Bob Hope in 1986. Photo by Allan Warren (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

Okay, so if you’re under the age of 50, maybe you’re scratching your head, wondering, “Who is Bob Hope?”  Most famously a comedian and comic actor, he was also a great fan of many sports, and a prominent golfer, who championed the game as a player and promoter.  He played in as many as 150 charity tournaments each year.

The World Golf Hall of Fame has a biographical website dedicated to Hope at  He said, “Golf is my profession. I tell jokes to pay my green fees.”  He wrote a book on his golfing life that was on the NY Times best seller list for 53 weeks.

On the website, take a trip down the memory lane of a comic legend:

Bob Hope Bio          Joke Page

    About Dolores          Entertaining Troops

So what does this iconic American have to do with forests?

See the article in the Forest History Society (FHS) archives (blog): May 29, 1903: Bob “Forest History” Hope was Born | Peeling Back the Bark, by Jamie “Mad B-Logger” Lewis.  There you can learn about Hope’s service to forest life (with historic pictures) as:

  • Bob Hope and Bing Crosby...spokesperson (with Bing Crosby) in the Advertising Council’s “The Campaign to Prevent Forest, Woods, and Range Fires in 1948″ booklet sent out to magazines and newspapers
  • an impromptu appearance with a forest fire prevention poster of Woody, an animated section of log character used in a forest industry public service campaign in the 1940’s
  • on his popular TV show in 1954 Hope hosted his guest Paul Searls, “the living Paul Bunyan” and advocate of tree farming, among other roles Searls had in the forest industry

About the FHS in their words: “The Forest History Society is a nonprofit library and archive dedicated to collecting, preserving, and disseminating forest and conservation history for all to use. The Society links the past to the future while reminding us about our important forest heritage.”

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