When it comes to the weighty matters of philosophy and theology, some of history's greatest thinkers come to mind: Socrates, Plato, Augustine, Martin Luther, and Bob Hope.
That's right, Bob Hope. Appearing in nearly every form of popular entertainment during the 20th century (including comic books), Hope was often referred to as "America's Entertainer". However, judging from this 1964 public service ad appearing in April issues of DC Comics, we should add "Philosopher" and "Comparative Religion Expert" to Hope's versatile resume (click on the ad for a larger view).
A couple of things to note:
1. Apparently, there actually was a Brotherhood Week sponsored by an organization known as The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) from the 1940's through the 1980's. However, I'm not sure if Bob Hope actually hosted a Brotherhood Week event...or if ten year-old kids actually attended such an event....or, if they did, actually used the word "swell" to describe it.
2. Observation: Kids who attend Bob Hope shows wear suits and ties. Kids who don't...and trip suit-wearing kids, wear jeans and windbreakers.
3. What were the odds a celebrity of Hope's magnitude could sneak up, ninja-like, behind windbreaker-lad?..and was I the only one to hear mysterious-sounding bamboo flute music when he appeared?
4. Bob Hope...always ready with a quip...and a large scroll comparing Golden Rule variations. The very quality that made him America's Entertainer!
5. Since Hope apparently believed in and promoted the Golden Rule, one can only assume that he preferred not to be helped off the ground if he was tripped by a bully, as his indifference toward the young (and obviously injured) tripping victim seems to imply.
6. "Get wise, son, and join the human race! Also, be sure to surround yourself with a harem of big-haired hotties for your early-1980's USO shows!"
"Do unto others as you would have Miss USA Judy Hyek, Cathy
Lee Crosby, Ann Jillian, and Brooke Shields do unto you!"