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Public invited to participate in a Bob Hope Trivia Contest

By Staff | Jun 8, 2009

The public is invited to participate in a trivia contest in honor of the 44-cent Bob Hope stamp now on sale at all Post Offices. All entries should be postmarked no later than Tuesday, June 30 and mailed to Customer Relations, USPS, 79 Mid Cape Terrace, Suite 8, Cape Coral, FL 33991-9998. Be sure to include your name, complete mailing address and a local phone number. The individual with the most correct answers will receive a collectible Bob Hope stamp image print. In the event of a tie, a drawing will be held to determine the winner.

Hope (1903-2003) devoted his life to making people laugh. Well-known for his many television appearances, Hope also found success on the live stage, in radio shows and in motion pictures. He became one of the most honored and beloved performers of the 20th century. Cited by the Guinness Book of Records as the most honored entertainer in the world, Hope received more than 2000 awards and citations for humanitarian and professional efforts, including 54 honorary degrees.

Born in England, Hope made USO performances during World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War. Among his numerous awards were the Life Achievement Award at the Kennedy Center Honors, the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award, and four honor Academy Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award. On his 100th birthday, an intersection of Hollywood and Vine in Los Angeles was renamed as “Bob Hope Square.” A total of 35 states declared “Bob Hope Day.”

An avid golfer, he played to a four handicap and helped found the Bob Hope Desert Classic Pro-Am Tournament.

Bob Hope Trivia Questions:

1. In what 1938 film did Bob Hope introduce his trademark “Thanks For The Memory” song? (1 point)

2. The U.S. Military Academy awarded him the Sylvanus Thayer Award in 1968. (true or false, 1 point)

3. What professional sports teams did Bob Hope partially own? (2 points)

4. What was Bob Hope’s birth name? (1 point)

5. In what year did Bob Hope receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award for outstanding contributions to humanitarian causes? (1 point)

6. How many times did Bob Hope host the Academy Awards? (1 point)

7. Who were his co-stars in his “Road” movies? (2 points)

8. What sports equipment became an integral prop during his television and USO shows? (1 point)

9. What honor did the The Ohio State University marching band give Bob Hope? (1 point)

10. What song did he introduce in the movie “The Paleface?” (1 point)

11. A 1997 Act of Congress, signed by President Clinton, named him a “Distinguished Veteran.” (true or false, 1 point)

12. His broadcasting career spanned over 60 years, including a long association with ABC. (true or false, 1 point)

13. Under what name did Bob Hope box unsuccessfully? (1 point)

14. In what year did Bob Hope become an American citizen? (1 point)

15. Based on physical attributes, what was Bob Hope’s nickname? (1 point)

16. Bob Hope’s Christmas specials often featured a performance of what song from his 1951 film, “The Lemon Drop Kid.” (1 point)

17. In 1995, what three U.S. presidents did Bob Hope play a round of golf with? (3 points)

18. Queen Elizabeth II appointed him as an honorary Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. (true or false, 1 point)

19. In 2001, the C-17 what was the name of the plane that transported the pilots and crew of the reconnaissance plane downed in China back safe and sound to Hawaii. (1 point)

20. As a youth, Bob Hope won prizes for his impersonation of Charlie Chaplin. (true or false, 1 point)

21. In 1968, when introducing the Academy Awards, he quipped, “Welcome to the Academy Awards, or as it’s known at my house, ____. (1 point)

22. What is the price of the Bob Hope uncut press sheet for sale on usps.com? (Hint: Visit usps.com, click on buy stamps and shop, type Bob Hope in the search box.) (3 points)

23. Mail your entry with a Bob Hope postage stamp. (2 points)

Customers have 90 days from the official first day of issuance date to obtain first day of sale postmarks on new stamps and stationery items. Collectors may request a local first day of sale postmark by mail only. Mail-in customers must supply a self-addressed envelope with sufficient return postage.

To obtain the first day of sale postmark, mail stationery items bearing a Bob Hope stamp to: Customer Relations USPS, 79 Mid Cape Terrace, Suite 8, Cape Coral, FL 33991. Please specify which city you are requesting a postmark for – Fort Myers, Cape Coral or Naples; if not specified, the postmark applied will be for the return address city. All orders must be postmarked by Aug. 30. Cachet envelopes bearing the Bob Hope stamp and a first day of sale postmark may be obtained at the same address for $3 each and must be requested by Aug. 30.

For more information about purchasing stamps, stamps by mail, postal regulations, a free subscription to USA Philatelic magazine, Post Office events, the location of the nearest postal store or contract unit, or for answers to your specific Postal Service questions, contact USPS at 1-800-275-8777, or visit www.usps.com.

To schedule a presentation for your community, club or group on how the Postal Service brings the Post Office to your home or office computer, call 239-573-9638.