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America's number one honorary soldier
by Cassie Blackard
November 2, 2004

Bob Hope was one of the greatest entertainers of our time. He spent his life providing entertainment, humor and Americanism to soldiers for over 50 years.

Whether the country was at war or peace, Hope traveled the world entertaining troops. He was "G.I. Bob" to the troops and "America's No. 1 Soldier in Greasepaint" to the media.

He made his first military debut in 1941 when he and a group of performers performed for airmen stationed at March Field, California. From then on, Hope continually performed for troops all over the world.

All of Hope's radio shows were performed and aired from military bases and installations in the United States and theaters of war in Europe and the South Pacific during World War II. He made his first trip into a combat zone in 1943 when he and his small USO group visited U.S. military facilities in England, Africa, Sicily and Ireland.

His famous Christmas shows began in 1948, when he and his wife Dolores traveled to Germany by request of the Secretary of the Air Force to entertain troops involved in the Berlin Airlift. With the coming end of the Vietnam conflict, his 1972 show was deemed his last Christmas show, but for many Christmas' after that, he did a show at a military base or veterans hospital.

In 1987, he flew around the world entertaining soldiers in the Pacific and Indian Oceans and in the Persian Gulf. He and his wife spent their Christmas of 1990 in Saudi Arabia entertaining soldiers in "Operation Desert Storm."

Hope was so influential to the men and women serving in the armed forces that they named a battleship after him in 1997. His wife christened the USNS Bob Hope, which was a new class of ships named after Hope. The U.S. Air Force dedicated a C-17, 'The Spirit of Bob Hope' in his name.

He was honored by the United States Congress five times, but the greatest honor came in October 1997 when Resolution 75 was unanimously passed by both houses making him the first individual in history to be made an Honorary Veteran.

With the country in wartime now, thousands of soldiers could have benefited positively from his presence. With the conflict after 9-11, Hope would have been a key force in keeping up morale overseas and back here.

Soldier morale is so bad now because of the never-ending, long, hard tours that soldiers are constantly being assigned, that the military is dwindling. Hope could have played a crucial role in not only keeping soldier morale high, but also the size of the armed forces.



Hometown hero among stars
by Ariel Houchens
November 15,2005

The International Space Station reached its five-year anniversary of continuous space occupation this week.

Celebrating this milestone aboard the space station is Robeson County's own astronaut, William S. “Billy Mac” McArthur Jr., who has been living 250 miles above Earth since Oct. 3.

Billy Mac, a 54-year-old a native of Wakulla, N.C., has always been interested in things that fly such as airplanes and space shuttles.

He graduated from West Point, became a Master Army Aviator and logged more than 4,500 flight hours in 39 different air/spacecraft. He kept flying higher and became a NASA astronaut, traveling into space three times for a total of more than 35 days.

His current mission as commander of the Expedition 12 crew aboard the space station is his biggest accomplishment yet and will add another six months of space residence to his resume.

With each step, Billy Mac takes in his path to the stars, his biggest fan club has been and will continue to be his family, friends and neighbors in Robeson County.





The Thanksgiving aftermath:
how to deal

by Nicole Lord
November 4, 2005

It's that time of year again. The holidays are here and there's plenty of stress available to make it through to the New Year.

There's the stress of finding a huge turkey to feed all the family, the stress of finding lodging for all of the family and preparing the best Thanksgiving dinner possible. Then, there's the age-old question of what to do with the leftovers.

On occasion, there may be a family with minimal leftovers and a repeat of Thanksgiving the next day is enough to get rid of them.

But, the average family has leftovers for at least a week.

Sure, you always give as much away as you can. It's a rule that no family member can leave the house without a plate.

But no matter how many plates you give away, you still seem to find yourself stuck with a massive amount of turkey and ham, and nowhere to put either.

So, for this holiday season, here are five dishes that include either turkey or ham as the main ingredient, and can be eaten until none remain:

  • First, there is the ever-popular turkey sandwich. All you need is mayonnaise, two slices of bread, and leftover turkey. Serve cold or warm.

  • Turkey and rice is another leftover favorite. Put on a pot of rice, cream a pot of turkey and serve. Ham and potatoes never fails. Mix the two in a pot together and serve.

  • For a healthy approach to leftovers, try turkey salad. It's the brother of chicken salad.

  • And last but definitely not least, for all breakfast lovers, ham and eggs is your choice. Prepare the egg anyway you like, scrambled, fried, poached, warm the ham in the frying pan, and enjoy.

    The holidays are very stressful, but with this quick guide to after Thanksgiving dining, there's one less thing to stress about.

    As for Christmas, seems like there's just no getting around it. Stock up on the eggnog and good luck.



  • These topics and opinions have been chosen and expressed by the individual students who wrote them in the Editorial Writing (JRN-309) course in the Department of Mass Communications at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Their views are not endorsed by the professor, the department, the university, or possibly anyone else.
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