U.S. Postal service honors Bob Hope with stamp

Wed Nov 19, 2008 8:32pm EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bob Hope already has been named an "honorary veteran" by the U.S. government, but on Wednesday the Postal Service said it will give the late comedian another honor -- a commemorative stamp.

It will be released in the spring, and its image will be revealed on Monday at New York's Ellis Island, a former entry point for immigrants that Hope passed through when he came to the United States from England in 1908 with his family.

Hope's career spanned every form of show business, from vaudeville to television to movies. Among his most popular films were the "road" comedies he made with Bing Crosby.

Hope died five years ago at age 100, and one of his proudest accomplishments was entertaining U.S. troops. That accomplishment caused the U.S. government in 1997 to name him an honorary veteran.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)