Goodnight Dolores Hope

In 1933 Bob Hope was appearing in his first Broadway show. One of his fellow cast members talked him into a night on the town. During a stop at the Vogue Club Bob saw a pretty girl singing “It’s Only a Paper Moon.” Bob was entranced with the dark beauty named Dolores Reade.

Bob made it a point to get to the club every night, and soon was escorting Dolores to her hotel after her shows. The couple married in April of 1934, and Dolores joined Bob for a short time on the vaudeville circuit.Duffys-Tavern-440425-Crosby-and-Hope–OTRCAT.com

As Bob’s career took off, Dolores spent more time taking care of their home and their four adopted children. She continued to sing on a small scale, and during the 1940s she began accompanying Bob on his USO visits to entertain troops. Carol Channing would state “She was the first lady of the USO.” Bob’s last Christmas show for the troops was in 1990 during Operation Desert Storm. Dolores was the only woman entertainer approved to appear in Saudi Arabia.

Dolores spent much of her later years in charitable pursuits. She served as President and Chairwoman of the Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs, CA, and has been an honorary member of The Wings of Hope Humanitarian organization.

Dolores was at Bob’s side during his 100th birthday on May 29, 2003. Two months he passed away.

Dolores died at the age of 102, of natural causes at her home in Toluca Lake, Ca, on Sept 19, 2011.

Good Night Dolores, say Hi to Bob for us.

 

Farewell, Fred Foy, announcer for The Lone Ranger

We are saddened today by the loss of Fred Foy, best known for voicing the most memorable introduction lines from the Golden Age of Radio, The Lone Ranger.

“Hi-Yo, Silver! A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty “Hi-Yo Silver”… The Lone Ranger! With his faithful Indian companion, Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in the early West. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. From out of the past come the thundering hoof-beats of the great horse Silver. The Lone Ranger rides again!”

Foy’s broadcasting career began in Detroit, shortly after graduating from high school, on WMBC and WXYZ. His budding career, like so many others, was interrupted by WWII. Sergeant Fred Foy became the American voice Egyptian State Radio, delivering news and special programs to Allied troops in Cairo. For Stars and Stripes he did “the American News Letter”, a weekly summary of news from home, plus sports flashes and items from the other war theaters. He also announced “Headline News of the Day” in Cairo Cinemas and helped to stage and announce USO Programs, including Jack Benny’s broadcast from Cairo to New York and a concert by Andre Kostelanetz and Lily Pons. He received top honors from Washington for hisChristmas Radio Show “Christmas Overseas” broadcast from the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

After the war Foy returned to WXYZ. He became the announcer for The Lone Rangeron July 2, 1948, and held the job through the last lie broadcast on Sept 3, 1954. Radio historian Jim Harmon said of Foy’s introduction: it “made many people forget there were others before him… He pronounced words like no one else ever had- ‘SIL-ver,’ ‘hiss-TOR-ee.’ But hearing him, you realized everyone else had been wrong.” Foy’s enthusiasm for the intro was infectious. His daughter remembers, “Dad would do the intro at the drop of a hat…He loved it.”

Foy reprised the intro for television, and would go on to spend five years with ABC as The Dick Cavett Show‘s Announcer and on-camera commercial spokesman. In March 2000 Fred Foy was inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame. He was awarded the Golden Boot by the Motion Picture and Television Fund in Aug, 2004.

In Aug, 2000, Foy reprised his “Return with us now…” The Lone Ranger Introduction live at the Hollywood Bowl with conductor John Mauceri and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Foy passed away of natural causes at his home in Woburn, Mass. He was 89 years old. Fred Foy is survived by Frances Foy, his wife of 63 years, three children and three grandchildren.

Cavalcade of America’s Final Episode aired 3-31-1953

Today in 1953, Cavalcade of America was heard for the final time on network radio. It had been the longest-running show of its kind (dating back to 1935).

Cavalcade of America presented dramatized events in American history over 18 years.

Please enjoy the last network broadcast of this series titled, “A Time To Grow”:

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Sponsored by DuPont: Robert Livingstone helps young America make the Louisiana Purchase while his friend Pierre du Pont de Nemours lends invaluable assistance.