Postal Service to Honor Bob Hope With Stamp
Bob Hope Stamp will be available nationwide May 29, 2009, on what would have been his 106th birthday
Linda Hope joined U.S. Postal Service Governor Katherine C. Tobin to preview the stamp image depicting Hope's father, iconic entertainer Bob Hope. The ceremony took place during festivities to rename the Ellis Island Research Library to the Bob Hope Memorial Library. The stamp dedication ceremony to commemorate Bob Hope on a First-Class Commemorative stamp will take place May 29 in California on what would have been his 106th birthday. The stamp will be available nationwide that day.
"What better venue to preview the stamp image that immortalizes the achievements of one of America's true entertainment treasures than Ellis Island, where Bob Hope first set foot on American soil, and where today the National Park Service is dedicating a library in his honor," said Tobin.
Leslie Townes Hope was born May 29, 1903, in Eltham, England. He moved to the United States when he was only four years old and lived in Cleveland, OH, with his parents and six brothers. In 1920, he was granted U.S. citizenship by virtue of his father's naturalization.
"The naming of the Bob Hope Memorial Library and the commemorative U.S. postage stamp are wonderful tributes to my father who arrived at this isle of hope 100 years ago," said Linda Hope. She is vice president of the Bob Hope Legacy, the organization that is providing materials for the temporary and permanent exhibits at the Library bearing her father's name. "He fully achieved the promise of America and dedicated his life to the service of his adopted country."
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