I grew up with Bob Hope Christmas shows on TV, so just hearing his voice is nostalgic for me. His show biz career spanned almost 80 years.
The Pepsodent Show Starring Bob Hope debuted in September 1938. On this episode, aired December 20, 1938, he welcomes Blondie and Dagwood Bumstead (which I also grew up with in the Sunday comics – do they even have those anymore?). The first movie based on the comic strip had just come out in November 1938.
And of course, the episode ends with Bob’s rendition of “Thanks for the Memory” – his trademark.