LLOYD I. SEDERER, M.D.
is Medical Director of the New York State Office of Mental Health, Medical Editor for Mental Health for The Huffington Post, and Adjunct Professor at the Columbia/Mailman School of Public Health.
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by Lloyd I. Sederer, M.D.
My father looked like Bob Hope, especially his nose, which was long in its arc and pointed a bit upward at the end, not unlike the end of a ski slope. It was distinctly different from the Eastern European Jewish noses of my family. My father also had the same receding hairline, very fair skin, and lean body (when younger). The similarities stop there, perhaps except for both their intelligence and disposition to control everything in their orbit.
When we got a TV, among the millions of Americans in the early 1950s, it was Bob Hope, Milton Berle (Mr. Television), and Ed Sullivan whom my family, and most of America, religiously watched every week.
So began my fascination with Bob Hope.
Bob Hope was arguably the most successful American entertainer of the 20th century. He made 66 films; dominated radio for 10 years (his shows often reached 40 to 50 percent of US. households) then discovered how to dominate television; told his story in 14 books, some with huge sales; unceasingly, and indefatigably, played vaudeville, Broadway, and countless live audience shows, especially to millions of military personnel throughout the world; was a popular recording artist; hosted 14 Academy Award shows (including its very first) and many National Correspondents' dinners; and was a regular guest of Presidents and royalty. It is unlikely that anyone else has topped the number of celebrity golf and fund raising events he championed. Bob Hope occupies the Guinness Book of Records for more honors and awards than any other entertainer in the world.
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Real-life scenarios and authoritative information are written in a compassionate, reader-friendly way, including checklists to bring to a doctor’s appointment so you can ask the right questions. For readers who fear they will never see the light at the end of the tunnel, this book gives hope and a path forward.