COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — A very special traveling exhibit about Bob Hope is scheduled to open on Friday, January 31st at the National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
"So Ready for Laughter: The Legacy of Bob Hope" previously was on display The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, where the exhibition originated.
So Ready for Laughter explores Hope's major tours and travels during World War II and features nearly 50 artifacts and an original 11-minute documentary produced by award-winning filmmaker, John Scheinfeld.
"It will roll your socks down. You will be impressed. You will be touched as exhibits upstairs touch you. You don't have to be a veteran to fall in love with what you're going to see here," said Lt. General Michael Ferriter, President & CEO, National Veterans Memorial and Museum.
The exhibit highlights rare and unpublished photos of Hope, as well as wartime correspondence between Hope and servicemembers.
"Telling the story for younger generations is important because he did lay the foundations. He was one of the first entertainers to devote himself to entertaining the troops, to giving back," said Kimberly Guise, Assistant Director for Curatorial Services, the National WWII Museum.
The exhibit opens Friday and runs through April 17th.