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HOPE MOVED UP FROM COAL BIN

The first time Bob Hope entertained in South Carolina, he had to dress in a coal bin.

"I played Orangeburg in 1924," Hope said on Tuesday from his home in Los Angeles. "It was one of my very first play dates. I don't remember much about the auditorium, but I remember that coal bin."

Hope, 87, has made many trips to South Carolina since that first one for a musical more than 65 years ago. His latest will come Tuesday, when he headlines the Save the Yorktown fund-raiser in Charleston.

A group of retired Navy and Marine Corps officers asked Hope to participate in the fund-raiser because the museum is having financial problems.

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