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Pattern of Survival: Bob Hope [1953]

As with the Groucho Marx PSA, the listener keeps waiting for a punchline that never comes. At least Hope's well-publicized involvement in the USO made him a more logical choice for this kind of spot. Still, Hope's line "In addition to many forms of enemy action, there are the dangers of fire, flood, earthquake and traffic" might qualify as a joke. Traffic?!
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Pattern of Survival: Bob Hope [1953]

Friends, this is Bob Hope. If an atom bomb were to hit your home city would you know what to do? Remember one explosion of an atom bomb could kill 75,000 and maim 100,000! This is only one kind of a disaster which could strike. In addition to many forms of enemy action, there are the dangers of fire, flood, earthquake and traffic. Knowing what to do before, during and after a disaster can improve your chances of survival. There is something you can do and do now. You can learn a pattern of survival. Your local Office of Civil Defense is ready to help. Persuade your club, your church, your friends and your neighbors to help to learn to live. Remember this is the Atomic Age. No one can escape its hazards, but everyone can prepare. Listen carefully what you are about to hear can save your life. Do you know the siren signal in case of atomic attack? Do you know how to find shelter? Do you know how to give first aid? Do you know what will be done for your safety? For further details, consult your local Office of Civil Defense.


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