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Uncle Barky's Countdown to Christmas -- Episode 7

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Yesterday we brought you Tom Petty. Today it’s Bob Hope. Uncle Barky’s Countdown to Christmas is nothing if not eclectic.

For those who remember, this is both historic and kind of sad. Hope, whose NBC Christmas specials were a fixture for decades, did a song for the last time on his 1993 edition, Bob Hope’s Bag Full of Christmas Memories. Guests Loni Anderson, Lynn Swann, Barbara Eden, The Judds and his dutiful wife, Delores, looked on at the end as Hope performed/lip synced “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever.” He was 90 at the time and died a decade later.

This clip also includes some still shots from Hope’s glory years and the closing credits for Bag Full. His final Christmas special, Hope for the Holidays, aired in 1994 as a compilation reel of highlights from past shows.

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