It's easy to see why Bob Hope was considered the most-honored comedian in America. His awards include scores of honorary degrees and special Oscars for humanitarian causes and service to the film industry.
He also won the George Peabody Award, the National Conference of Christians and Jews Award, and the Medal of Freedom from President Johnson. On his 100th birthday this year, he was too frail to take part in public celebrations -- but was said to be alert and happy. The fabled intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street was renamed Bob Hope Square, and President Bush established the Bob Hope American Patriot Award.