Bob Hope, who died at his California home yesterday at age 100, has left a lasting impression on millions of loyal fans and fellow entertainers. WTOC met up with one Low Country man who spent more than 20 years with the legendary performer who spent nearly his entire life entertaining people. And for Bob Alberti, musical director for The Bob Hope Special, saying goodbye to Hope is like saying goodbye to an entire era.
"I had dealt with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and a number of other people," said Alberti, "and yet to see Bob Hope in person, you can't help but be awestruck by the man."
Hope's on-stage career spanned more than 80 years. For the last 23, Alberti orchestrated the music behind him. He says about ten years ago Bob Hope called it quits and so did he, retiring on Hilton Head Island.
"Bob had lost most of the facility to do the shows he had to do, because he was up there," recalled Alberti. "He was around 90 years old."
Alberti says now that the legend has passed on, an entire era has come to a close. And the people who were able to share it with this comedic genius will forever be grateful.
"I was so glad to know that I was a part of that era, because there was nothing else that could ever replace that," he said.
Or replace the man who left generation after generation laughing. The Bob Hope Special was the longest running series of all time.